Academy block     S87-Shop


Supplementary sessions for youth players at all levels who aspire to improve, either to forge ahead or catch-up with their peers; and education programmes for both youth and adults involved in coaching or supporting the game.

For further details on our Academy sessions see below. For schedule information and bookings see our online shop.

Themes of provision

  • Development for everyone
  • High quality coaching
  • Multi-perspective learning


The S87 Academy is a school of football for players, coaches and all those who support the game at grass roots level. Our programmes and events are designed, managed and delivered to provide the most appropriate personal development experiences.

Through an underpinning philosophy of motivating, challenging and satisfying the needs and wants of participants, we not only develop skills and knowledge but also key traits of high self confidence, high self esteem and original character.

Activity options

Our Academy encompasses a range of activities and ongoing programmes aimed at players, volunteer helpers and coaches.

Academy address

Children and youths

Youths and adults

Development for everyone


We welcome everyone who wants to learn: very importantly there is no ability bar at the S87 Academy, but we do insist on best effort, discipline and commitment. We believe that every child has a right to improve him/herself, and our purpose is to facilitate this.

Everyone is steered along a course with a personal agenda, and for exceptionally gifted players this may culminate in the opportunity to progress to a pro-club academy, either through referral, or by trial held at the Academy.

Encouraging learning from each other is also one of our key development policies, and this includes collaborative teamwork, observing and studying gifted peers or conversely assisting less able peers.

Youths and adults

Our development pathways provide routes through from young leader to a multitude of roles within grassroots football: coaching, team management, match officiating, club administration and management, etc.

High quality youth football coaching

Under the auspices of our Football Development Manager, all S87 Academy sessions are led by full-time professional coaches, qualified with the most appropriate UEFA and English FA qualifications. In particular we ensure that FA Youth Module qualifications are a key component of the continued professional development programmes of all our staff.

Our extensive syllabi provide the logical frameworks and content for our sessions, into which our coaches add enthusiasm, encouragement and personal expertise.

Multi-perspective learning for young players

Our long term player development philosophy not only ensures that young players receive coaching that makes them versatile on the pitch, but more importantly it prepares them for any eventuality in terms of their physical and mental growth.

We believe that the final character and strengths of children cannot ultimately be determined until they have fully matured. Their needs, wants and sensitivities are continually developing, and so we are careful not to categorise players at an early age and thereby limit their experiences and potential growth.

We take a holistic approach to player education by also teaching topics on coaching, team management, match officiating, and club management. Not only does this foster an appreciation of those who teach, administer and govern football (and very often for free at grassroots level in this country), but it also helps those players who may like to pursue a career in the game (or other sport). It may even inspire them to undertake voluntary work within their club or at school, or indeed S87 can facilitate this through their national award winning Young Leader Programme.

Between the player and support sections of the Academy there are six main programmes which encompass a vast range of activities and events for youth and adults.


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