Who we are

Academy1sports is a training organisation focused primarily on sports education programmes based at a variety of centres throughout London and in partnership with colleges, professional and semi-professional football clubs. We also run successful Traineeship programmes
in sports coaching and Apprenticeships in a variety of sport, business and health pathways.
Since our beginning in 2013 with 25 students, we have grown to over 750 students on various education programmes. Our achievement rates are excellent
and career progression routes for students enable them to access higher education, US football scholarships, further training in the sports industry and from 2020, access to our own HND/Foundation degrees in football coaching and development.

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The students will train daily for two hours and by prior agreement in the gym. All players will then attend classes at either the football club or gym depending on requirements (Functional Skills English and Maths will be available to learners who require it). Games will be played on Wednesday afternoons where you will compete in the National U19 Youth Alliance in both competitive league and cup fixtures.

Training will focus on the technical and tactical development of your own skills and as a team. The squad will work on tactical systems of play and work towards participation in organised league and cup fixtures which will be held on Wednesday afternoons. The delivery of high class coaching will also look to help every player maximise their individual potential as they look to progress through youth football into the senior game. By providing access to the day to day training players will develop not only their technical and tactical understanding but also their physical condition. There will be access to the fitness and conditioning coaching as part of the programme again provided by qualified staff from Academy 1 Sports.

  • Increased Dexterity Skillsets – Improve foot-eye coordination and footwork through these drills.
  • Better Ball Handling – Every coaching session includes ball handling fundamentals.
  • Improved Flexibility & Range of Motion – Stretching is a critical part of any athletic routine. We know that.
  • Correct Footwork Application – We’ll help your player apply proper footwork to his/her complete game.
  • Improved Decision Making Abilities – Brain teasers and strategy are a part of any game.

As a full time student athlete, the players’ studies will enhance their knowledge. The academic course will teach them in depth about nutrition, sports injuries and prevention and analysis side-by-side with other educational subjects. This will enhance the overall ability of the player to learn and develop both on and off the pitch, giving them a recognised sports industry specific qualification which prepares the students for a career in the sporting industry. UCAS points are attained which enables entry to University as another exit route.

They will be required to meet all deadlines for their coursework to be able to continue training with their squad. As an academic course first and foremost, the tutors and coaches will reserve the right to remove any player from training or prevent participation in matches during the college week if they are at risk of falling behind with their studies. NHC disciplinary procedures will apply should any player need to be dealt with for breach of college rules or code of conduct.

One to ones

Get the ultimate coaching experience. With over 15 years of coaching experience Academy 1 Coaches apply personal his/hers 1-1 sessions. Each includes:

  • Fundamental training
  • Position-specific strategy
  • Focus on teamwork and interpersonal skills
  • Ball handling drills
  • Personal mentoring based on athlete’s stated goals
  • Through Coach guidance, more than three-dozen of our athletes gone to the next level