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Boreham Wood Football Club PASE new trial date 

West Ham FriendlyBoreham Wood Football Club can now announce our first trial date for players wishing to join the PASE scheme for the 2014/2015 season. PASE at Boreham Wood invites players between the ages of 16-18 years old who want to continue both their education alongside developing as a footballer at a decent level.

Our first trial assessment will be held on Thursday 20th February 2014 at Boreham Wood Football Club, with a 10.00am registration. Boreham Wood FC PASE Academy is a football/education scheme, offering talented young men the chance to combine a high level of football coaching from ex-professional players and a football structure that you will find impressive.

Academically Boreham Wood Football Club are in partnership with Education providers Cohenel College, to offer a wide range of courses, including BTEC’s, CYQ Personal Trainer courses, Construction courses, and Level 1 & 2 coaching courses.

previewOn the football side, PASE manager Billy Hunter, academy coaches Luke Garrard and Mario Noto, and medical staff Megan Reid and Kate Simmons head BWFC PASE academy. Over the past 5 years, the management has seen our PASE Scheme win National Titles and produce 10 England internationals at Schools and College level. We have also progressed boys to play in our First Team at Conference South Level and beyond.

Namely, Pelly Ruddock, signed for West Ham United. Pelly is ever present in the Hammers Under 21 Premier League side, and he’s now gone onto the make his debut in their first team in the Carling Cup against Championship side Burnley. Across the board we now have PASE graduates at all levels of the Football League, Non-League and in the USA.

If you wish to trial with Boreham Wood’s PASE Scheme, but cannot make the trial on the 20th February please call the PASE Department on 020 8953 5716 and ask for Luke or Mario. For more information regarding the scheme, do not hesitate to call the PASE office at 020 8953 5716.


pellyThis week has been a good week for the BWFC PASE Scheme.. Firstly former PASE graduate Pelly Ruddock was on the bench for West Ham Uniteds league cup tie against Cheltenham and has now been given his first team shirt with a Squad number of 33

Then our under 18’s started their Southern floodlit youth league campaign off with a comfortable 3-1 win against Luton Town. Although like the first team a few injuries were picked up on the night.

Our U/19 Development squad has also managed to remain unbeaten in the first two weeks of the season and we hope to challenge for both domestic and National honours once again..





Pre Season Friendly

Reading U18’s 4-3 Boreham Wood U18’s

Match Report

Our Under 18s travelled to the impressive Hogwood Park training ground to test themselves against one of the best Academies in the Country our  Partners Reading FC. The growing Partnership saw a Reading FC XI visit Meadow Park in pre season.

A 1pm kickoff saw the perfect conditions for the game between the sides. A nervous start by the Wood youngsters allowed Reading to impose themselves on the game and dominate the early exchanges. Wood began to settle and find their passing game as they grew in confidence.

An early ball caught right back Orlando Rodriguez out allowing the Royals wide man time and space to cross and find his forward who finished coolly. This seemed to bring Wood together and go at the men in Blue, with Robert Hastings going close with a low drive, after some positive play by Maxwell Holland who was bright all afternoon.

Hollands direct play caused problems in the Royals ranks once again but the young winger unfortunately could not find a finish to the move. The Reading side increase the tempo towards the end of the half creating several chances that lead to a dubious penalty decision, after Sam Doolan made what looked like two good challenges but was penalised by the referee. The Reading number 10 cheekily lofted the ball into the net to give his side a two nil lead at the break.

After the break Wood continued on the front foot and when Maxwell Holland was fouled on the left wing, it allowed Marcio Cruz to deliver right footed with quality to find Jack Vasey unmarked at the back post to head into the roof of the net. Wood grew in confidence despite Reading dictating possession. The youngsters frustrated the Royals with a good defensive shape and spells of possession. After a Reading attack Wood broke quickly with Salim Sahnoun who found Micah Jackson in the centre of the park and neatly exchanged with Robert Hastings, to send the midfielder through and confidently lifted the ball over the advancing Reading No1.

With Wood level and Reading making several changes. The fresh legs told and two quick flowing passing moves led to Wood conceding 2 quick goals. The introduction of Robert NNaji for the Wood and Sandro Sanchez gave Wood some energy in the closing 10minutes. NNaji pulled another goal back with a well constructed team goal that allowed Sahnoun to find time and space to set Nnaji away that finished with poise.

Academy Head Coach Mario Noto added “We have been coming to Reading over the last 3 years and the relationship is growing all the time. It’s always a good test for the boys and an opportunity to gage and assess our players. It was a very positive exercise and experience for all the boys involved, with some pleasing performances”.

Reading U16’s 3 -0 Boreham Wood U16’s

Match Report

Boreham Wood Elite Under 16s travelled down to Hogwood Park, to face Reading FC Under 16s in a pre season Friendly.  With Wood youngsters fresh into their Pre Season Schedule it was always going to be a good test for the boys.

Reading  started bright with good inter change between their front three to work an effort on goal. Wood then went close when Taj Figueroa a new recruit went on a solo run to bend his effort wide of the goal.

Reading took the lead on the 30minute mark when Sadiq Giwa fouled his opposite number, for him to pick himself up and rifle the ball into the top right hand corner.

Wood than dictated for a spell where they nearly levelled the match when Jamal Brown found himself on the edge of the box beyond the back line only for him to dwell in possession failing to get a shot away and test the Reading keeper.

Wood started with intent in the second half after a few changes, their build up play and ball retention improved and looked to take a foot hold in the game, only for Ismail Camara who was immense up until he went to ground in the box gifting Reading a penalty kick. The lead woas doubled with the Wood keeper being sent the wrong way.

Reading completed the scoring from another set piece where they worked a short corner for them to deliver with pace  for their 6ft centre half to direct his header into the top corner.

Academy Director Luke Garrard gave his thoughts after the defeat. “Iwas pleased with the game, we showed we have lots to work with, individually today some performances were very good. We have had these now for four sessions and had to try and cram as much into them as possible, they have reacted and done these ok, but over time they will understand their roles to the last detail. Set Pieces are huge in games, and I explained to them the importance they bring, whether that’s attacking or defending, and for all 3 goals to be conceded by set pieces is frustrating. We’re now preparing the boys for the start of the season, and are really looking forward to working with this crop”.


Pre Season Friendly

Boreham Wood 1-2 AFC Wimbledon


Boreham Wood FC’s Elite squad hosted an AFC Wimbledon side in what was a close fought pre season friendly.

It was Wimbledon who took the lead midway through the First Half after great play from their wide man who delivered an inch perfect cross for the lone striker to head home from close range.

Wood responded well and were soon level after a training ground routine that saw Jamie Lumsden work space in the box for him to guide his effort into the far bottom corner giving the keeper no chance.

Both sides came close to taking the lead but it was the Dons who capitalised on a defensive error, with First Year Stephen Akoto misjudging a bounce and allowed for the Wimbledon Frontman to drive his effort in the far corner of the net. Wood had the opportunity to equalise but second half substitute Maxwell Holland could only guide his effort goal bound.

Wood travel down to Hogwood next Wednesday where an Under 16s and Under 18s will take on Reading’s academy, allowing them to pit there wits against the championship outfit.

Academy Director Luke Garrard was happy with the work out “we played some really good football in spells today, and showed glimpses of what could be a very exciting year.  We have recruited a few new faces and they are getting used to the manner in which we like to play, it may have seemed foreign to them at first but we are already seeing a marked improvement in the short space of time we’ve had them.  We now prepare to travel across to Reading to play against their 16s & 18s in a game which will be a huge test for our boys, Reading have been great the last few seasons allowing us to bring squads to help them in their pre season.”




Jordan Cornelius will travel to America in July to begin a Football Scholarship with the College of Southern Maryland.

The College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London in partnership with Boreham Wood Football Clubs Pase Academy has once again helped to secure a Scholarship in the USA for one of its many talented players.

jordan18 year old Jordan Cornelius has just received confirmation of a three year sponsorship with the College of Southern Maryland where he will study Sports Psychology and play for the college’s football team.

The Scholarship will pay for his tuition, food and accommodation for three years after which Jordan will decide whether to come back to England or pursue a professional career in America.

By joining Cohenel College and the Boreham Wood PASE Football Academy in 2011, which is a partnership that stands for Programme Of Academic and Sporting Excellence.. Jordan was perhaps not initially the most outstanding player, however with a good attitude, discipline and determination, he was selected by a scout to attend trials earlier this year and will now travel to America in July.

While playing for the Academy, Jordan studied for his Sports BTEC Level 3 at the College, which allowed him to gain the qualifications he needed for higher education.

Gaining a qualification while playing for the Academy is mandatory and aims to give the players the skills and qualifications they need if they don’t have a career in football.

Jordan started playing football aged nine before he was selected to play for Queen’s Park Rangers. During his last year at school he was dropped by the Pro Club so began looking for alternatives. His PE Teacher gave him information about the College and Boreham Wood Football Clubs Pase Academy and as he had an interest in studying sports,  it was the perfect option.

Now, after two years of intense coaching and training at the club, he has improved dramatically and recently played his final game of the season as Captain of the English College Reserves Team.

Jordan said: “I’m excited about going to America. It’s a big change for me but a good opportunity. I’m sure it’ll be hard work but the Academy has coached me for it and i’ve learnt a lot, so I’m prepared and looking forward to it.”

Director for Sports, Kurt Hintz, said: “Jordan’s achievement demonstrates how hard work, determination and commitment are the recipe for success rather than just raw talent. We are pleased with his success both academically and in football and wish him well in his continued education and football in the USA.”

Jordan follows in the footsteps of last years graduates  Charlie Hunter, Dan Loveday and Koray Korakis who all gained USA Scholarshipships  last year to California, WashingtonDC and Ohio


Boreham Wood Football Club’s PASE Academy has confirmed its next trial date for the 2013/2014 season which will be held in early June at Boreham Wood FC (details below).

Boreham Wood FC

Date: Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Venue: Boreham Wood FC, Broughinge Road, Borehamwood, Herts, WD6 5AL

Time: 10.00am


We offer you the chance to combine a high level of football coaching from ex-professional players and a football structure to suit all abilities, for players aged between 16 and 18 years old, who are still undecided on their academic and footballing future, Boreham Wood’s PASE scheme have spaces available in a range of different courses and across two academic and footballing sites.

Academically Boreham Wood Football Club are very versatile and can offer a wide range of courses. When it comes to education Boreham Wood FC know that every players educational needs are different and have options to suit all, including BTEC’s, CYQ Personal Trainer courses, Construction courses, A-Levels plus much more.

Boreham Wood Football Club has recently announced their newly formed partnership with Reading Football Club. This partnership recognizes the hard work and progress at BWFC and creates not only close ties, but also creates exclusivity with the Elite of Boreham Wood’s PASE Scheme players and will involve a plethora of other initiatives.

With the continued investment of Boreham Wood FCs Chairman and under the supervision of PASE Manager Billy Hunter, Academy Director Luke Garrard and Head Coach Mario Noto, the PASE Scheme has achieved incredible success. This includes winning National and regional titles whilst producing 10 England Internationals at Schools and College level over the last 4 years.

We have also progressed boys to play in our First Team at Conference South Level and beyond. Pelly Ruddock recently signed for West Ham United and across the board we now have PASE graduates at all levels of the Football League, Non-League and a number of players who have won scholarships to the USA.

Any players wishing to know about the BWFC PASE Scheme and the new Reading FC partnership can ring BWFC PASE office on 020 8953 5716 to speak with Academy Manager Luke Garrard or Head Coach Mario Noto. Alternatively you can apply for a trial by visiting visit our website at

If you wish to trial with Boreham Wood’s PASE Scheme, please contact the PASE Department on 02089535716 and ask for Luke or Mario.



Southern counties Floodlit Youth League

Boreham Wood Under 18s won their 7th League Tiltle in 7 consecutive seasons, scoring an impressive 7 goals in their final league game against Leighton Town.

Wood sealed the Championship with a 17minute hat trick from exciting wideman Salim Sahnoun, all being assisted from Raheem Sterling Parker, with the fourth coming from Marcio Cruz after an effort from Sahnoun rocketing off the bar for Cruz to tap home from close range.

The fifth was a great team goal after great initial work from Taku Mashingaidze, to work a yard to deliver into the box for Hastings to drill home into the vistors net.  However, the goal of the night came from another well worked set piece where Cruz doubled his tally for the evening after taking a great touch to allow him to bend his effort into the far top corner.

Wood than conceded midway through the half through a spectacular finish, but soon replied after a succession of 73 passes before Raheem Sterling Parker was hacked down in the box, for him to dust himself down and fire home from the penalty spot.

Catch all the highlights and goals from this fixture by visiting you tube

Manager Luke Garrard expressed his delight “after a long season, the boys have sealed the championship with a real classy performance, Salim with a hat trick and then Marcio with a goal of real quality, they have shown some real intent of late and look to maintain that in the next couple of weeks to finish of the season in style”

PASE Academy Set First Trial Date

Boreham Wood’s PASE Scheme (Programme for Academic and Sporting Excellence) are delighted to announce our first trial date for the 2013/2014 season.

This trial will be held on Thursday 21st February 2013, 10.00am at Boreham Wood Football Club, Meadow Park, WD6 5AL.

Our PASE Academy is a very well-known and much respected Football/Education Scheme, for talented young men aged between 16 to 18 years old. This initial trial will give you the chance to look at our facilities, showcase your talent, speak to our Coaching and Medical team and talk with existing PASE Players to discuss their experiences and meet our Chairman.

We can offer you the chance to combine a high level of UEFA accredited football coaching from Ex-Professional players. With a football structure and training programme designed to suit players of all abilities. We have designed a programme that allows every boy to progress through the various levels of ability within the Football Club, that only a scheme of our size can offer.

Academically Boreham Wood Football Club can offer also full time education courses on site at the club. We are also in partnership with our Education providers Cohenel College and Winchmore School and we also offer full time courses off site.

We offer the widest range of courses, including BTEC’s, CYQ Personal Trainer courses, Construction courses and A-Levels. We also offer other diverse courses but only if the timetables make these feasible with your training programmes.

Many other Schemes that claim to mirror our PASE Scheme have lots of hidden charges. So you must be careful, when deciding your future and if it’s affordable in your circumstances. Our scheme is completely FREE save for a training kit cost that is heavily subsidised.

Boreham Wood Football Club has in the last year entered into a two-year partnership with the Premier League’s Reading Football Club. This exciting initiative has flourished throughout 2012, with BWFC player’s playing in 4 games between the two Youth Structures and acquitting themselves well.

These games proved so successful for both clubs, that it led to us preparing Reading FC for their recent FA Youth cup victory against Brentford and led to BWFC players Sam Doolan and Rob Hastings then going to Reading on trial.

The partnership also recognises the progress and investment being made at BWFC. This is headed up by our PASE Manager Billy Hunter, Academy Director Luke Garrard, Head Coach Mario Noto and our Clinical lead Megan Reid and shown in the constant upgrade of our facilities and infra-structure.

That investment has classrooms built, Minibuses purchased, Gyms and Rehab rooms built and seen our PASE Scheme and youth structure win National Titles and many other leagues and cups. We’ve also produced 10 England Internationals at Schools and College level over the last 4 years, which is more than any other club at our level in the entire Country.

We have also progressed many of our boys in the last 10 years to play at a senior non-league level of football and presently we have 9 PASE Scheme players in our First Team squad and currently playing at Conference South Level.

We have also had two boys Lee Hodson and Matty Whichelow who were with us for many years and came through our youth structure. They are presently at Watford and we had another boy Pelly Ruddock, who recently signed for West Ham United. We are obviously very proud of playing our part in their progress.

Across the board we now have PASE graduates at all levels of the Football League, the Non-League Pyramid and on full Scholarships in the USA or at University’s in the UK.

We believe that “WE ACHIEVE WHAT OTHERS SAY THEY’LL DO”. That’s why we recommend that you attend other trials in the coming months and make comparisons. Please compare their facilities, their player progress, their Coaches and their Coaching set up. Compare their Pitches, Transport, Their Medical support and importantly their hidden costs and can they offer you a complete Football/Education package. Only then do we believe you can you make an informed decision.

It’s vital that you, your parents or guardians, focus on your future and we are confident that when you consider all the factors. That we will be your PASE Scheme of choice, as nobody we believe can remotely match our success, our care and our investment over the last 10 years.

So if you are 16 to 18 years old and wish to trial with Boreham Wood Football Clubs PASE Scheme, then we want to hear from you. For More information on the PASE Scheme or to download an application the please visit our website

If you cannot make our 1st trial on the 21st February 2013, don’t worry, please call the PASE Department on 02089535716 and ask to speak with Luke or Mario to discuss your future.


Boreham Wood are delighted to announce that two of their Under 18’s players have successfully progressed to the final stage of the England Schoolboys trials after impressive performances at the South of England trials.

Sammy Doolan and Jake Knight will travel to Telford the weekend of Friday 30th November to Sunday 2nd December to compete amongst England’s best schoolboys players at Under 18 level for a place with the England Schoolboys national side.

Boreham Wood PASE Academy boast 7 players who have represented England at College level over the past 4 seasons, however Sammy and Jake, if selected, will join Lee Close to be the only Boreham Wood players to be selected for the English Schoolboy team. Lee Close made his Schoolboys international debut against The Republic of Ireland, in the Centenary Shield in Dublin. Lee played an influential part in England’s 3-2 victory, picking up the ‘Man Of The Match’ award.

Doolan, who has been ever present on the Boreham Wood First Team bench this season, already has international experience as he travelled with the English College U19 team last April for an international tournament in Italy, featuring against Romania and San Marino.

Academy Director, Luke Garrard, said “Sam and Jake have been showing great quality this season, both in training and on the pitch. They now have the opportunity to show that they are amongst the best Schoolboy players in the whole of England, and they should to grab this chance with both hands. I believe they can travel to Telford and give a good account of themselves in the South v North game, and hopefully they will return Monday morning as England internationals.” Garrard concluded.

Everyone at Boreham Wood wish Sammy and Jake the best of luck in their upcoming trials.


Boreham Wood’s much heralded partnership with Premiership Reading Football Club is enjoying another productive month. Firstly Readings young defender Ben Jefford who is with the Wood on work experience, Scored his first goal for the Club in our recent 1-0 win at Dover, helping to keep the Meadow Park outfit in third place and securing another clean sheet.

Secondly the Performances of Boreham Wood’s 17-year-old England College international Sammy Doolan and 17-year-old striker Rob Hastings have been noted. Both have figured regularly in Wood’s 1st team squad this season and are being given the chance to improve further, by spending a week with the Reading Academy that will includes a game or two.

As part of the ongoing Partnership, Wood’s U/19’s will also help prepare Readings U/18’s for their forthcoming FA Youth Cup game against Brentford in early December. While taking a younger team to Reading to look at the progress that some of our /16’s are making shortly.

Academy Director Luke Garrard said “The relationship with Reading is good for everyone. It shows itself in Ben Jefford getting competitive game time with our 1st team. It shows in Sammy Doolan and Robert Hastings learning by spending time in digs and on the training pitch with Premiership Scholars, and it shows that our 16’s are now coming onto the Radar. Plus the faith that Reading show us in helping them prepare for their FA Youth games is also gratifying for me and the Coaching staff.” Garrard concluded.