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Walker Riverside Football Academy is a unique opportunity to combine education and football for boys and girls of all ability levels. A carefully developed long term programme linking education, football and sports science.

The programme is led by a team of highly skilled and experienced coaches, teachers and staff with a long-term commitment to support the individuals combined academic and football development the way through to their Year 11 studies. Our Football Academy is incredibly well supported within our wider Academy Trust and benefits from the knowledge and experiences of the well-established and incredibly successful Monkwearmouth Football Academy.

Our Football Academy vision is underpinned by a joint commitment from the school and Football Academy to build the best learning environments for passionate young players to be the best they can be.


PEOPLE– Players, Parents, Teachers, Coaches, Community

PURPOSE – Every person playing their part, knowing their responsibilities

PRIDE – Proud to be part of Monkwearmouth Academy


A clear vision, identity and culture of providing opportunities and provision in community, education and player development. Inspiring, supporting and developing individuals in a fun, non-threatening, educational and challenging environment.

We want to provide opportunities within our core values to ensure a lifelong love of the game and aim to be the best academy in an educational setting.

To support, develop and welcome passionate young players.

To play with freedom and enjoyment, which promotes a no-fear of failure.

To be expressive, imaginative, and creative.


A series of trials are scheduled throughout our academic year for students in Years 5 and 6. Our trial dates are always published on our Walker Riverside Football Academy social media and on our Walker Riverside Academy school website. 

If you wish to secure your child a place on any of the relevant trial dates, please contact our Head Coach, Mr. Rhys Evans, via social media accounts, email at, or directly at the Academy at 0191 295 8660. 

Any student who is successful in securing a place with the Football Academy MUST apply to join Walker Riverside Academy by completing the Newcastle City Council's Admissions online form. More details on how to complete your admission to Walker Riverside Academy can be found on our ADMISSIONS page.


Walker Riverside Football Academy is fortunate to have three hugely talented coaches with experience in both playing semi-professionally and coaching. 

Mr Jamie Chandler - Director of Football, TCAT

Mr Rhys Evans - Head of Football, WRA

Mr Yannick Aziakonou - Football Coach

For more information about our coaching team, please see HERE.

(From left to right) Jamie Chandler (Director of Football), Rhys Evans (Head of Football), and Yannick Aziakonou (Football Coach)


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