The aim of the Bonnyrigg Rose Football Academy is for all players to enjoy playing football whatever their skill level, whilst encouraging them to improve and become more creative. The Academy is for boys and girls aged between 5 and 8 years old.

The Bonnyrigg Rose Football Academy is organised into three years:

Year 1 – The introductory year. Training takes place on a Saturday morning for one hour. Players are taught the football basics: passing, dribbling and shooting. Each session will end with a 4 a-side game. Occasionally matches will be organised on Saturday mornings against other clubs in the local area. Currently this year is for players born in the year 2012.

Bonnyrigg Rose Football Academy Training

Year 2 – Players train on Wednesday 6:15pm to 7:15pm, improving their skills, learning basic tactics and becoming more creative. Matches take place on Saturday mornings for one hour, typically 10am or 11am. Currently this year is for players born in the year 2011.

Year 3 – Year 3 players train mid-week on Monday and Thursdays at 6pm for 90 minutes and play matches on Saturday mornings, either 10am or 11am. Year 3 players learn more skills, more tactics and more creativity. This year also prepares them for playing 7 a-side matches the following year. Currently this year is for players born in the year 2010.

After Year 3 – Players graduate from the Academy in November with their squads and coaches and go on to form Bonnyrigg Rose 7 a-aside teams.

There are 50 players in each year and they are divided into 5 squads. Each squad is assigned two Scottish FA trained coaches.

In Years 2 and 3 matches are played within the East of Scotland Soccer Development Association (ESSDA), either home or away. On match days each squad is divided into two teams of 4 players and 1 rolling substitute. Ten minute matches of football 4s are played against teams from other clubs. Typically all teams will play 5 matches each Saturday within a 1 hour period. The season lasts from March to November.

The Academy train at Poltonhall Bonnyrigg and play matches on Saturday mornings either home or away.

Bonnyrigg Rose Football Academy End of Season

All players are provided with training and match day kits by the Academy.

To play in the Bonnyrigg Rose Football Academy costs £25 per month.

If you are interested in your son or daughter joining the Academy please REGISTER YOUR INTEREST HERE. We are now taking the names of boys and girls born in 2013 who would like to join the Academy. New players will join as part of planned intakes between now and March 2019.

Football Kit

Football Kit

All players are provided with the following football kit with their squad number printed on it.

– Black Training Top
– Black Training Shorts
– Black and Red Training Socks
– Black Training Trousers
– Red Sweatshirt
– Red Rain Jacket
– Red and White Hooped Match Day Shirt
– Red Match Day Shorts
– Red Match day Socks

Players need to provide their own footwear and shin pads. Football boots or trainers can be worn on the Poltonhall 3G pitches, however, some matches are played on grass in which case football boots are more suitable. Shin pads must be worn by at all times during training and matches.


All Bonnyrigg Rose Football Academy coaches attend training courses provided by the Scottish FA in their Children’s Pathway.

As a minimum all coaches achieve SFA Level 1.1 (Early Touches) and SFA Level 1.2 (Coaching Young Footballers). The Football Academy has a development plan which ensures that coaches continue to develop and receive further training each year. At every coaching session and match there is at least one coach who has had First Aid training. All coaches are provided with football kit.

All coaches are certified through the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme which is managed and delivered by Disclosure Scotland.

The majority of coaches at Bonnyrigg Rose are the dads of players in the Academy. If your son or daughter is in the Academy or is due to join the academy and you would like to become a coach then please get in touch by email to BonnyriggRoseFootballAcademy@gmail.com or by phoning Dave Kelly on 07793 640352.

Community Club

The Bonnyrigg Rose Football Sports Club is the overarching body that oversees the following clubs

– Bonnyrigg Rose Juniors (The ‘Big Team’)
– Bonnyrigg Rose Under 21s
– Bonnyrigg Rose Under 19s
– Bonnyrigg Rose 11 a-side teams
– Bonnyrigg Rose 7 a-side teams
– Bonnyrigg Rose Football Academy
– Bonnyrigg and Sherwood Community Development Trust
– Bonnyrigg After School Club

Actively involved within these clubs are 1,000 children, more than 175 coaches and volunteers and 700 football players of which 60 are girls. The club provides qualified Scottish FA coaches to support the full coaching programme that exists within the club.

Working in partnership with local council and other community organisations the Sports Club provides a facility for the Bonnyrigg Community to use for sport and as a social environment. This provides a fully accessible and inclusive community base from which to develop young people of all backgrounds, gender and abilities. The club aims to widen Sports Club membership to more local community and sports groups.

Legacy Quality Mark Award

In January 2015 Bonnyrigg Rose Football Club was awarded the Legacy Quality Mark Award by the Scottish Football Association. Quality Mark is the Scottish FA’s accreditation programme designed to support and recognise the work of grassroots clubs and teams who have a desire to be the very best they can be.

Each level of the four Quality Mark award levels, Standard, Development, Community and Legacy, relate to a list of criteria on areas such as club structure, coach education and administration. Legacy is the highest level which means that Bonnyrigg Rose has met every requirement of the Quality Mark programme.

Bonnyrigg Rose Academy is an accredited Learning Destination with the Children’s University at Queen Margaret University.

Bonnyrigg Rose Legacy Award
Bonnyrigg Rose Aacademy Learning Destination