Education for Life

Football Academy

The Brooke House College Football Academy was introduced in 2008. The Academy now has over 70 players, aged 12 to 19 from all ethnic backgrounds. To date, 12 players have progressed to a professional football career after leaving Brooke House College; a remarkable number for an academic institution such as ourselves. The Academy has Under 14, Under 16, Under 18 and Under 19 teams. The Academy plays fixtures in the Central Conference League, Junior Premier League and Cup Competitions, including ISFA, ESFA & County Cups.

Introduction to the Programme

Weekday mornings the Football Academy students attend regular GCSE, A Level and University Foundation academic classes with the rest of the students from Brooke House College. Students are issued with individual timetables after an interview with the Vice-Principal (Academic) during which their specific academic needs are identified. Brooke House College is a centre for all major UK examination boards and is inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Weekday afternoons at the Football Academy: skills training - technical player development - fitness training and physical development - classroom based tactical seminars and examination of match footage under the direction of our team of FA qualified coaches.

Weekends and evenings are devoted to homework sessions, football matches, social activities and excursions. Regular excursions take place to professional football matches, to major football stadiums for tours as well as to local and national places of interest.

Day   Morning  Afternoon
 Monday  Lessons  Training
 Tuesday  Lessons  Training
 Wednesday  Lessons  Match Day / Training
 Thursday  Lessons  Training
 Friday  Lessons  Training
 Saturday  Match   Co-Curricular & Free Time 
 Sunday Co-Curricular & Free Time

Training Schedules

  • Daily coaching sessions concentrate on all aspects of player development from improving individual technique, positional play and the contribution each player makes to the team.
  • Player fitness is monitored through individual training plans including a focus on diet and nutrition.
  • Academy players have individual programmes, which will also include gym work and swimming pool sessions.
  • The Academy sports therapist ensures the physical condition of all Academy players and co-ordinates player rehabilitation in the event of injury.

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Pre-Season

  • The Academy's pre-season training camp takes place at the end of the summer holiday and aims to utilise the best training facilities at institutions such as professional clubs, sport departments of universities and our own first-rate facilities.
  • The focus on the training is on ensuring players levels of physical fitness for the forthcoming season.
  • Pre-season friendly matches are played against local teams.

Facilities

  • The Academy's training centre is based on the outskirts of Market Harborough.
  • Facilities available include; a 3G artificial full sized training pitch, several grass pitches for fixtures, comprehensive changing areas, a fully equipped gym and a relaxation area for players.

Video Analysis

  • Academy fixtures are digitally recorded and player performance and decision making are analysed by the coaching team.
  • Footage obtained can also be distributed to professional clubs for the purpose of securing player trials.

Strength & Conditioning

  • The Academy includes Strength and Conditioning staff whose role it is to ensure that all players develop their physical attributes to the maximum.
  • The Strength and Conditioning staff designs individual training programmes for individual Academy players.
  • The Strength and Conditioning staff oversees pre-match warm up and post-match cool down activities.

Nutrition

  • The Academy's coaching team advise players with regard to their diet and the nutrition they gain thereby.
  • Individual Academy members have their weight and height monitored in conjunction with the Strength and Conditioning coach.
  • The Academy aims to ensure that players are at the peak of health and ready for fixtures.

Sports Therapist

  • The Academy Sports Therapist assists with recovery from injury and works with individual players to prevent further injuries.
  • The Sports Therapist works closely with the Academy Manager and College Matron to ensure the all-round health of all players.

Technically Improving

  • Player development is a vital part of the Academy experience.
  • The Academy aims to improve all players tactically, technically, mentally and physically.
  • In this way the Academy experience can be a positive one for all members

Competitive Fixtures

  • The Academy plays in a number of local, national and league competitions.
  • The Academy has built a reputation in replicating a strong environment in football amongst its academic peers.  Due to this, the name of Brooke House has spread nationwide, and in recent times we have enjoyed friendly matches with professional opposition such as Newcastle United, Manchester City, Hull City, Reading FC, Fulham FC and Stoke City FC.

Professional Clubs

  • Scouts from a number of professional clubs are regular visitors to Academy fixtures.
  • Where possible and not in breach with any FA and / or FIFA regulations, Brooke House will support players where they are invited to attend trials at any football clubs.
  • The Academy will also encourage players to represent their national teams where practical and has been fortunate to oversee a large number of players obtaining international honours.

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