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

David Raven - Head Coach, IH Manchester Ellesmere College

David Raven has enjoyed a 14-year career as a professional footballer representing clubs in England and Scotland. As well as playing in the English Premiership, the Scottish Premiership, League 1 and League 2, David has competed in Europe and in cup finals, winning the Scottish Cup final in 2015 with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

He started out as a centre back playing youth football for Tranmere Rovers, before moving to Liverpool in 2004, where on the advice of first team coaches, he first started playing full-back, a position he made his own when he moved to Carlisle in League One in 2006. Following stints at Shrewsbury Town and Tranmere he was signed by Terry Butcher at Inverness. At "Caley" David finished runner up in the Scottish League Cup in 2014 before winning silverware 2015, a year in which they also came 3rd in the Scottish Premiership. In his time with the club he also started his coaching journey, gaining his UEFA B in 2015 and his A licence in 2017 and training the clubs underage teams. Moving south in 2017, David played at Wrexham and continues to turn out for Warrington Town in the Northern Premier, and as well as coaching with IHM, he has coached at Wrexham and Everton.

As a coach, David works to ensure players have the belief, desire to win and self-discipline needed to represent themselves and their team with distinction on the pitch.'

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 2018-2019 season is £2200. For more information on the payment options, please contact Katie Hayes:

"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."

"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."
"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."

Edukick Football Academy Presentation - 15.02.17


Football Training Timetable


Ellesmere College Football Academy Brochure

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