Football Academy FAQ

by Mar 31, 2020

Are you interested in finding out more about Football Academy? Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.

What is Football Academy?

A football academy presents a unique opportunity for young footballers to benefit from both traditional education and to develop their skills as a footballer.

This is achieved through a combination of football coaching of the highest level, whilst providing a platform for students to be exposed to professional club academy scouts on a regular basis.

Football Academy FAQ

How Does a Football Academy Develop Players?

A football academy aims to develop players by providing access to professional-level coaching and state of the art facilities. In summary, this includes the following:

  • Development of quick-passing, technical ability and possession-based football
  • Specialist training for goalkeepers

What Facilities Does the Football Academy Have?

Moorland School is home of the East Lancashire Training Academy & Development Centre for Manchester City FC.

Our facilities include a brand-new training pitch here at Moorland School, to sit alongside our indoor 4G training base.

Moorland students also have access to the first-class facilities at Brockhall, home to the Blackburn Rovers Academy and one of only 24 Category 1 status Academies in the country.

Is the Football Academy Affiliated with Any Clubs?

Yes. Moorland Football Academy has had a close relationship with Blackburn Rovers Football Club. We are official partners of Blackburn Rovers, as well as being their education partners.

How Many Players Have Been Signed Professionally?

At present, we have 10 signed Blackburn Rovers Category 1 Academy players, as well as players signed to Manchester City, Manchester United, Preston North End, Blackpool, Burnley and Accrington Stanley.

What About the Coaches?

We are very lucky that all our coaches benefit from significant experience in the industry. Our Head of Football Development, Charlie Jackson, is a Manchester City Development Coach. Charlie has also previously worked at Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers FC.

Our other football coaches include Head of BTEC in Sport Martin Jones, who has extensive coaching experience, including in the US, where he worked as the Director of Coaching for one of the most prestigious and largest youth soccer clubs in the country.

Daniel Finch, Moorland’s Pre-Academy Manager & Head of BTEC Course Tutor has a history of playing youth and reserve team football at Academy level for Blackburn Rovers FC and Preston North End FC over a period of 10 years.

Lastly is our Head of Goalkeeping Development Giulio Romano, who has played for the Massa Lubrense Academy in Italy and has coached in countries around the world including England, Dubai, Hong Kong, Cyprus and the USA.

What Does a Typical Football Academy Day Look Like?

There are two main programmes at Moorland School, the Elite Programme and the Academy Programme. The Elite Programme’s main role is to try and identify young players with the potential to progress in the sport, while the aim of the ‘Academy’ programme is to develop the young player who may have the potential to trial for a professional academy and even become a professional footballer.

Both programmes involve a timetable consisting of usual academic subjects, as well as dedicated football training. Pupils in the Elite Programme will have 6 hours of training each week, while Academy Programme pupils will have high-intensity drills between 8 and 10 hours.

What Are the Potential Pathways Academy Students Take After Graduation?

As previously mentioned, many past Moorland Academy pupils have gone on to play for local and national football clubs, yet there are many other pathways students can take.

Many others have progressed to university study, both overseas and in the UK, secured USA soccer scholarships, employment within the industry or have been invited to semi-pro and pro football trials.

Are you interested in finding out more about Football Academy? Here we answer some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.

What is Football Academy?

A football academy presents a unique opportunity for young footballers to benefit from both traditional education and to develop their skills as a footballer.

This is achieved through a combination of football coaching of the highest level, whilst providing a platform for students to be exposed to professional club academy scouts on a regular basis.

How Does a Football Academy Develop Players?

A football academy aims to develop players by providing access to professional-level coaching and state of the art facilities. In summary, this includes the following:

  • Development of quick-passing, technical ability and possession-based football
  • Specialist training for goalkeepers

What Facilities Does the Football Academy Have?

Moorland School is home of the East Lancashire Training Academy & Development Centre for Manchester City FC.

Our facilities include a brand-new training pitch here at Moorland School, to sit alongside our indoor 4G training base.

Moorland students also have access to the first-class facilities at Brockhall, home to the Blackburn Rovers Academy and one of only 24 Category 1 status Academies in the country.

Is the Football Academy Affiliated with Any Clubs?

Yes. Moorland Football Academy has had a close relationship with Blackburn Rovers Football Club. We are official partners of Blackburn Rovers, as well as being their education partners.

How Many Players Have Been Signed Professionally?

At present, we have 10 signed Blackburn Rovers Category 1 Academy players, as well as players signed to Manchester City, Manchester United, Preston North End, Blackpool, Burnley and Accrington Stanley.

What About the Coaches?

We are very lucky that all our coaches benefit from significant experience in the industry. Our Head of Football Development, Charlie Jackson, is a Manchester City Development Coach. Charlie has also previously worked at Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers FC.

Our other football coaches include Head of BTEC in Sport Martin Jones, who has extensive coaching experience, including in the US, where he worked as the Director of Coaching for one of the most prestigious and largest youth soccer clubs in the country.

Daniel Finch, Moorland’s Pre-Academy Manager & Head of BTEC Course Tutor has a history of playing youth and reserve team football at Academy level for Blackburn Rovers FC and Preston North End FC over a period of 10 years.

Lastly is our Head of Goalkeeping Development Giulio Romano, who has played for the Massa Lubrense Academy in Italy and has coached in countries around the world including England, Dubai, Hong Kong, Cyprus and the USA.

What Does a Typical Football Academy Day Look Like?

There are two main programmes at Moorland School, the Elite Programme and the Academy Programme. The Elite Programme’s main role is to try and identify young players with the potential to progress in the sport, while the aim of the ‘Academy’ programme is to develop the young player who may have the potential to trial for a professional academy and even become a professional footballer.

Both programmes involve a timetable consisting of usual academic subjects, as well as dedicated football training. Pupils in the Elite Programme will have 6 hours of training each week, while Academy Programme pupils will have high-intensity drills between 8 and 10 hours.

What Are the Potential Pathways Academy Students Take After Graduation?

As previously mentioned, many past Moorland Academy pupils have gone on to play for local and national football clubs, yet there are many other pathways students can take.

Many others have progressed to university study, both overseas and in the UK, secured USA soccer scholarships, employment within the industry or have been invited to semi-pro and pro football trials.

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