Hearts FC

Hearts Academy

Headed by Manager Roger Arnott, the Academy strives to develop players who are capable of performing in the Heart of Midlothian FC first team.

We work with players from as young as six years of age and the curriculum becomes progressively more demanding as the players advance through the Academy.

The players focus mainly on technique, passing, movement and possession during their early years in the Academy, learning new turns, new tricks and they are encouraged to demonstrate their skills in match situations.

As the players progress through the Academy system they learn the Hearts principles of play and enhance their knowledge of the tactical aspects of the game.

Each player is developed with the very best input from the coaches, the sports science team, the performance analysts, supported by a first-class medical team.

Heart of Midlothian FC works closely with our partners Heriot-Watt University and the Hearts Youth Development Committee (HYDC) to deliver the very best Academy programme.

The success of the philosophy at Heart of Midlothian Football Club is dependent upon the teamwork, dedication and effort from every member of staff.

There is a genuine belief in the purpose, objective and philosophy of the Academy by staff at all levels of the club from manager, Craig Levein right down to the junior Academy coaches. 

Academy Trials

Heart of Midlothian FC does not hold open trials for players wishing to be part of the Academy. We have a large scouting network which allows us to cover games and tournaments across Scotland, which is our main source of recruiting young players with outstanding ability.

Should anyone wish to be considered for a trial, the following procedure applies.

Players between the age of six and 18 years are asked to send their CV by way of supplying the following details to the club:

  • Name
  • Age & date of birth
  • Contact address and telephone number
  • Current club
  • Position you play
  • A list of forthcoming fixtures playing in

The recruitment staff will assess the details and make a decision as to whether or not a scout will be sent to watch the games.

Please click this link for approaching players as per the SFA Regulations Annex 9. If you have any questions please contact Roger Arnott, Academy Manager on 0131 200 7238.

Academy trails will last for a period of approximately six weeks during which time the player will train and play with the current registered players in the relevant age group, monitored by the Academy staff.

A decision will be made within this period as to whether to sign the player for Hearts or to continue to have the player monitored at their club.

If someone does not receive a reply within 14 days, please assume the request for a trial with Heart of Midlothian Football Club has been unsuccessful.

For more information on the work of HYDC, please see www.hydc.co.uk.

Hearts Academy: Summer Camp

Following the excellent response to previous Hearts Academy Camps, the Hearts Academy is delighted to announce Summer Camp dates.

Open to talented youngsters between the ages of 5 and 12, the Summer Camp offers the opportunity to learn to play the Hearts way.

Delivered by Hearts Academy Coaches and overseen by Darren Murray, Head of Coach Education at the Academy, each session will be based on the BOX Soccer Training model.

The innovative BOX Soccer Training set-up structure delivers everything from individual skill drills to position specific and group practices – creating a stimulating, memorable environment for the development of young players.

The purpose is to technically develop young players by obtaining high repetitions, more touches of the ball with growing intensity and real pressure – with reference to time, space & direction. In recent years, Box Soccer Training has played a key role in developing Hearts star John Souttar’s abilities.

Over the course of four days, players will receive expert coaching through individual and group sessions. In addition to receiving invaluable advice and feedback from Hearts Academy Coaches, players will also benefit from the insights of former Hearts U20s coach Darren Murray, who has spent the past two years working as head of Box Soccer.

This is another unique opportunity to step inside the Hearts Academy and take the step up to the next level in the same environment that has helped develop a host of Hearts first team players. 

Both camps will run from 10am to 3pm at the Hearts Academy on the following dates:

  • July Camp

9th, 10th, 12th and 13th July 

  • August Camp

6th, 7th, 9th and 10th August

Each session is priced at £25.00 per day or £90 for all four days (1 camp).


To reserve your space for the July Camp, please click here

To reserve your space for the August Camp, please click here

Or please email heartssocceracademy@homplc.co.uk or phone 07533 287 550.