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Ellesmere College

Football Academy

Welcome to the home page for the Ellesmere College Football Academy.

Our Academy Ethos

  • To ensure that each student player dedicates the same commitment, perseverance and personal discipline to academic achievement as they do to football success.
  • To instill in all players the importance of always demonstrating a professional, sporting and respectful attitude towards coaches, teachers, match officials and their peers.
  • To develop and nurture each player's ability to achieve their full potential, both as an individual player and as a member of a team, whatever that level that may be.
  • Whilst young players will be encouraged to develop a winning attitude they will also be shown how to lose with good grace and take positives from failure.
  • To familiarise student players with the particular culture of English football, both on and off the pitch.
  • Each player will be actively encouraged to develop an individual career plan. Student players will be introduced to a wide range of possible football related career paths, beyond the professional game, in order that they may continue to have career choices available they move thorough school and onto higher education.

Those that attend the Football Academy are able to benefit from:

  • First class facilities
  • High level coaching
  • Regular competitive football
  • Academic support
  • Regular structured training
  • Talent identification in front of scouts, pro club coaches and academy personnel
  • Pathways to football related professions via Higher Education

NOTE: The Football Academy is a chargeable programme due to the specific nature of the focused coaching sessions each week through the school year. The fee for the 2023-2024 season is £2,899. For more information on the payment options, please contact Katie Hayes:


Ellesmere College is a member of the Independent Schools Football Association.

"We are trying to help our young players form a strong idea of where they want to go in football. What positions they want to play, how they want to play, and what style of football they want to play. We implement a belief in them to push on in their career, whatever that may be. Whether that be at a high level football or playing in a lower league. Everything we do is designed to improve our young players' technical ability and understanding."

Jon Macken, Former Manchester City & Preston North End Forward.

"If you can get recognised players involved in this program, those who have been there, seen it and done it, it's a massive influence on these students, because they want to get to know you. They will listen and feed off your every word. So with Richie Wellens, Jon Macken and myself being in and around these players, there's a support network in place that gives them hope. But it's not just about the training, tactics or technical advice, it's also how we can help them outside of football, to potentially overcome any barriers that can get in the way of them progressing to the highest level as possible."

Frank Sinclair Former Chelsea and Leicester City Defender

"Our expectation is that we will soon be seeing Ellesmere College students in Premier League academies and clubs. Equally, we recognise that only the very best will make it as professional footballers, therefore there are pathways into the business elements of football within the Academy training at Ellesmere."

Richie Wellens Former Leicester City Midfielder

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