* To prepare soccer players (and goalkeepers) to compete professionally in European leagues:
- To improve individual technique
- To develop tactical consciousness and game comprehension
- To strengthen physical fitness
- To understand and effectively employ team tactics and strategy
* To provide the best environment to achieve athletic and academic excellence.
Below is a list of the available programs:
- Professional 2-year program
- 1-year program
- 3-6-month program
- Weekly programs during the summer
- Intensive programs during the year
- Trial days (Try-outs)
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Methodology of long-term courses
Complete student: Includes a training program, full room and board, and an academic study program.
Day student: Does not include accommodation. Includes a training program, half-board, and an academic study program.
The Education Program
This academy believes that academic studies are of upmost importance and works hard to ensure that students develop as both athletes and scholars. To accomplish this objective, the academy offers several education options for its students:
BTEC Course level 3 extended in sport
This two-year vocational course teaches sports training and covers subjects such as development, coaching, and fitness. The course is equivalent to a “grado superior” in the Spanish education system.
Students who don’t intend to complete university studies can choose to complete an A level course. These are pre-university courses (equivalent to the “bachillerato” in the Spanish education system) that cover the basic subjects necessary to pass the entrance exams of Universities in England and the USA.
All students can opt to attend general English classes adapted to their level. Students in the English program attend English class for three hours a day (with a 30-minute break) from Monday to Friday.
Students who want to continue their studies with their usual school can do so through online distance education at the academy.
This academy was founded in 2007 as the first official high performance soccer academy in England. The project began 7 years earlier in 2000 with the objective to facilitate future employment opportunities for talented soccer players. In 2000, three business partners created a web page where soccer players could fill out and upload their sports curriculum so that scouts and trainers could look for candidates according to their teams’ specific necessities. From that idea, the high performance soccer academy was born.
Following the initial success of the idea, these three partners began to organize trials and try-outs in the stadiums of great English teams such as Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Reading, Leeds United, etc.
These trials united a great number of players, clubs, scouts, and of course, sports press; more than 600 players participated, and more than 75 scouts came to observe. Thanks to the simple brilliant idea of these three businessmen, many players signed professional contracts. One such example is Chris Smalling who was contracted in 2010 by Manchester United for 10 million pounds.
Nowadays, the high performance soccer academy in England is dedicated to helping young soccer players achieve their dreams of playing professionally.
These are some of the alumni who were trained in this academy:
Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (2009-2011)
Emmanuel Oyeleke (2009-2010)
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The academy personal is the most valuable resource that the academy has to offer. The staff, coaches, trainers, and teachers work rigorously to teach and motivate the players to achieve their goals.
All coaches at the academy are highly qualified to help young athletes improve their technique, and more importantly, coaches at the academy are dedicated to developing the athletes’ self-confidence.
Get to know the coaching staff:
Academy Director and Head Coach – UEFA Coach – Grant Brown
Grant Brown played as a powerful defensive force for 18 years in a total of 600 matches making him an experienced expert. He began his professional career with Leicester City but spent most of his years with Lincoln City where he competed in more than 400 matches during 13 seasons.
Talent Recruiter and UEFA B Coach - Ben Watts
Benn Watts has a unique backstory; before becoming a professional soccer player, he rejected the opportunity to become a professional cricket player. He currently possesses a UEFA coaching license and is a level two goalkeeper trainer. As such, Watts is an integral part of the academy’s goalkeeper training program. He began coaching in the Kettering Town Academy, and then passed through the Northampton Town Academy and the Peterborough United Academy. His experience coaching at these academies helped him to ultimately achieve the UEFA B coaching license.
UEFA A Coach and Premier League Scout - Ian Sampson
Ian Sampson is one of our valuable A licensed UEFA coaches. His experience greatly helps FCV Academy students who dream of becoming professional soccer players. He began his career in 1990 as the center defender for Sunderland. Shortly after, he played for Northampton Town where he strengthened his skills during 10 seasons. During one of those 10 seasons, he played on a loan for the Tottenham Hotspurs.
Coach and Physical Therapist - Chris Palmer
Chris Palmer is a sports therapist and qualified sports masseuse who attended the Medical Center of Excellence in Lilleshall before obtaining his title as “Sports Therapist” in Salford University. He has worked in the departments of sports injuries, in the rehabilitation centers of various professional and semiprofessional teams such as Cambridge City, Luton Town, Norwich City, Kettering Town, Rushden & Diamonds and Spalding United. In 2012, Chris was lucky enough to be selected as part of the elite team of sports therapists at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the Commonwealth games in 2014.
Goalkeeper trainer – Ashley Foulger
Ashley Foulger has experience coaching both junior teams and professional teams having coached Northampton Town and Kettering Town. Foulger has a level 2 license from the English federation and has worked as a coach in many diverse soccer schools. Since his arrival to the academy in 2016, he has been in charge of the organization and training of goalkeepers.
Sports Therapist – Carol Holland
Following an extensive career in the soccer world as a therapist, Carol Holland became an essential member of the English soccer academy’s team of professionals dedicated to maintaining the physical fitness of the players. Physical conditioning is essential to the success of a professional soccer player. Holland is always available to resolve any of the players’ doubts regarding their fitness regimens and/or to teach the players new methods and techniques for taking care of their bodies.
Selection process and Prices
Training at the soccer academy in England is high performance training. Players who attend have the opportunity to improve their performance to be able to play at a professional level. To be accepted, candidates must not only play soccer at a high level but also be willing to make sacrifices and work hard to achieve their goals.
Option 1 – in person: Access Tests
There are three ways to try out for the academy’s full year program in-person:
Option 1: Participate in one of the camps that the academy organizes during the summer.
- + All participants are new to the academy and begin the camp at the same time (these programs take place during the holidays of the full-year academy students).
- - This option does not completely recreate the experience of a full-year academy student, but participants do have the opportunity to get to know the environment, the academy, and the training.
Option 2: Participate in an intensive program at any time of the year.
These programs are at least one week in duration and may occur at any time during the year. Training sessions are intensive and more personalized than training sessions at the summer camps. Participants train with the full-year academy students.
- + Players who choose this option live an experience very similar to a full-year program at the academy.
- + The program is more personalized due to a smaller number of participants.
- - Participants must adapt to playing with a group of players who have already been playing together for months.
Option 3: Attend a trial.
The academy hosts trials each year for players looking to attend the academy as full-year students. They usually take place in July and August for one day during each month. Hopeful candidates visit the academy to attend the trial and visit the sports facilities.
During the trial, soccer players play in a match organized by the coaches specifically to analyze the players’ skills and potential. Coaches select the most talented players with the strongest work ethic to attend the academy. Participants must come accompanied by a parent or guardian and make a nonrefundable deposit of 85 pounds.
For players who cannot attend either of the trial days, the academy can organize an individual trial at a different time and date (this option also requires a payment).
PRICES OF THE FULL-YEAR PROGRAM HAVING PASSED THE IN PERSON TRIAL
After having analyzed each player, the academy offers a price quote for each student according to the education option that they choose and offers them the opportunity to study and train at the academy.
For more information about prices and dates, fill out the enrollment form below or download a PDF with more information about the academy.
Enrolling in a full-year course in a soccer academy is a great investment in your child’s future. Before spending a large quantity of money, it’s a good idea to be sure that your child has the potential to make a career out of soccer. Therefore, the most recommendable option is to attend a trial in person so that the academy can analyze your child’s skills and inform you about the best options for them taking into account their skills and future possibilities.
Option 2 – At a distance
In certain exceptional circumstances, the academy accepts video footage of hopeful candidates during match play which must also be accompanied by their current coach’s reference information. The video analysis costs 85 pounds. Again, the most recommendable option is to attend a trial in person.
To see the prices of this access option, please download the pdf that you will find directly below or fill in the registration form.
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