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Our Philosophy

Academy Philosophy and Ethics

Millwall Football Club's Academy, based at the Well Hall training ground, is a source of great pride for everyone connected with The Lions.

The set-up provides a fantastic education both on and off the pitch for young players to help ensure they can maximise their potential.

Millwall's U18 team competes in the Professional Development League (Category 2) and the FA Youth Cup, while the U16s also play competitive fixtures. The Academy's U9s–U15s combine regular training with a games programme against both Category 1 and 2 clubs.

Lions Academy teams will be coached and encouraged to play football with a possession-based approach, utilising sound attacking core technical skills complemented by good decision-making and timely support play.

Coaches will adopt a player-centred approach to coaching and endeavour to create a fun, technically-based and pressure-free learning environment with a high degree of professional standards and disciplines that are dedicated to the holistic development of players.       

Millwall Football Club actively promotes and supports ethics in sport, where ethics can be defined as the application of moral rules, principles, values and norms. The club practices the following core values when delivering football opportunities:


Honesty in all aspects of work both on and off the pitch. Show integrity, loyalty and fairness to yourself, staff, players and parents.


Show consideration, courtesy and politeness at all times. Respect for yourself and others with your actions and behaviour.


Total application to improve yourself and others while working to the core values of the football club. Practice and encourage dedication and hard work. Commitment is evidenced by your actions, not your words.


United in the common goal of the education and development of players. Undivided, togetherness in achieving the very best.


Setting and consistently maintaining high standards of behaviour and work ethic. Awareness to continue self-education and gain knowledge to enhance yourself and others.


Understanding and accepting of each individual as being unique through colour, race, ethnicity, age or physical abilities. Showing respect for players at all times.