“We help young athletes become great footballers and even better people.”

The professional high performance football academy is located in Stamford, England and has been operating for more than 10 years. Its mission is to help students reach their maximum potential as both athletes and scholars. To achieve this objective, the academy makes use of the best facilities and the best professionals so that students at the academy can experience what life is like as a professional footballer.

Program Objectives

* To prepare footballers (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.

Available Programs

Below is a list of the available programs:

Long-term programs

  • Professional 2-year program
  • 1-year program
  • 3-6-month program

Short-term programs

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Methodology of long-term courses

Option A:

Complete student: Includes a training program, full room and board, and an academic study program.

Option B:

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.

A levels

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.

English courses

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.

Online Education

Students who want to continue their studies with their usual school can do so through online distance education at the academy.

The Academy

This academy was founded in 2007 as the first official high performance football academy in England. The project began 7 years earlier in 2000 with the objective to facilitate future employment opportunities for talented footballers. In 2000, three business partners created a web page where football 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 football 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 football academy in England is dedicated to helping young footballers achieve their dreams of playing professionally.

Sports facilities at the high performance football academy in the UK
Student at the football academy in the UK with football player Wayne Rooney

Ex Alumni

These are some of the alumni who were trained in this academy:

Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (2009-2011)
Jahraldo-Martin, alumnus of the football academy in the UK, during a match

From Antigua and Barbuda arrived in England, Jahraldo-Martin spent 2 years in the academy learning everything there is to know about professional football. Currently, he plays for Hull City in the second division of the English league.

Emmanuel Oyeleke (2009-2010)
Oyeleke, alumnus of the football academy in the UK, during a match

Another successful case is that of Oyeleke who currently plays for Aldershot Town in the National English League after having played for various teams on loans.

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The Staff

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.

Coaches

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:

  • Image of the director of the high performance football academy in the UK, Grant Brown
  • Talent recruiter Ben Watts at the football academy in the UK
  • Photo of Premier talent scout and coach Ian Sampson at the football academy in the UK
  • Photo of the physiotherapist Chris Palmer at the football academy in the UK
  • Goalkeeper trainer Ashley Foulger at the high performance academy in the UK
  • Sports therapist Carol Holland at the football academy in the UK

Selection process and Prices

Training at the football 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 football 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, footballers 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 football 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 football. 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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