The Barking Abbey Football Academy Annual Tours provides a rich variety of opportunities for football academy students to participate in a wide range of International competitions, thus enabling them to experience different cultural environments.
Barking Abbey Football Academy have been busy developing links in America over the past three years to help students create opportunities of pursuing a football scholarship in America.
These Tours also create a fantastic opportunity for the boys and girls to showcase their talent against some of the best International Football Academies in the world. There are over one hundred American college coaches scouting at these events. These University/College coaches are ultimately scouting with the purpose of offering talented student athlete's scholarships to their University or College.
In 2015 the Boys football academy travelled to America to participate in the IMG Cup in Florida, Bradenton, USA. This enabled three of the boys to receive University /College scholarship offers.
The Girls Academy have showcased at the Las Vegas Mayors cup 2019 and the IMG Cup showcase in 2020. This has also led to many girls receiving full scholarship offers.
In August 2023, 40 Barking Abbey Football Academy students (20 boys and 20 girls) enjoyed taking part in a two-week tour of Madrid, Spain. The trip allowed the boys and girls to take part in pre-season training whilst also engaging in a different cultural experience. They enjoyed cultural days out, visiting Segovia and the Royal Gardens in Madrid City Centre. The football academy also got to compete against professional Spanish academies.