Football Academy


An Environment that represents excellence. It demands high standards in all players and symbolises respect, hard work, commitment and honesty.

A place to pursue and achieve success on the football pitch and in the classroom.

Our Academy Director, Jim Colston, has used his 20 years’ experience to create what we believe is the best opportunity for young players to realise their footballing dreams, whilst at the same time not just maintaining their academic grades, but excelling in them as well.

The unique curriculum provides the scholars with the tools to raise their game to trial level and with Jim’s contacts in the game, doors can be opened in order to make that happen. None of the sessions clash with any academic lessons and so the boys are never playing catch up with their studies.

The facilities here are Claremont are second to none and we are confident that the school will be a future centre of excellence, providing the perfect stage for football talent to be recognised.

The Academy scholars’ programme is designed to offer each child a structure consisting of the key facets required to be a professional footballer. A talented footballer needs a balanced programme to help him succeed and here at Claremont we have that.  Below is an example of an Academy scholar’s week:

Monday: Speed School –  these sessions are designed to improve movement and agility as well as developing multi-directional movement and speed. A must for any budding pro footballer is the ability to move quickly and make effective use of their body.

Tuesday: Strength and Conditioning taught by Rak Patel, a S&C coach with over 15 years’ experience in preparing all types of athletes for their chosen sport and we have him exclusively with us to lead this programme. The S and C programme is available to the scholars every evening should they wish to work further on their individual programmes. 

Wednesday: Technical Training & Match Day a session with the Academy Director and coaching staff, working on understanding of technique and improving first touch designed to improve  effectiveness in the game. The afternoon is a competitive match home or away and as it is timetabled to ensure that the boys miss no lessons.

Wednesday evening: Fitness and Agility work in an exclusive session led by the Academy Director designed to improve a range of areas of improvement. This session is designed to give the players one hour of ball-to-foot contact time while working at speed. Also included in this session is resistance training.

Thursday: One touch indoor session designed to help the scholar react quicker and make decisions under pressure. A huge part of a footballers learning and essential for any player hoping to succeed at a Premier League Academy. This session is followed by a tactical session at the Academy training ground.

Friday : External club training (Selection only). If a player is selected to play for a top level club outside of school hours they will receive club training at the football club’s training facility after school. There is also a Strength and Conditioning session on a Friday.

Saturday : All players successful at district or county trials will have occasional matches or training sessions on Saturday mornings with their relative squads. 

Sunday: External club match: (Selection only). This option is available to any players showing excellent promise and is used to help them get accustomed to the English game whilst placing them in the spotlight around the county. We have had a number of players scouted this way.

In addition to the above, all academy players receive football-specific swim training designed to help condition and strengthen the player’s muscles and aid recovery after training.

What is happening outside of training?

  • We offer a tour to Paris in the Summer term, where we intend to link up with PSG, the scholars train with their coaches at the PSG training ground training and play matches exclusive to CFA.
  • A showcase training day in front of several professional clubs’ scouts for those who have reached County level
  • Unique training kit provided
  • Regular UK Premier League and Championship match tickets available
  • Sports Science days to test fitness levels and help players understand where they can make improvements
  • Talks from pro players who Jim helped get to the top of the game
  • Sports nutrition support and advice from the best in the business
  • Sports science support and advice from the best in the business
  • A brand new refurbished boarding house
  • A chance for scholars to complete their FA Level one Coaching badge when they are 16
  • Scholars can study for their referees badge

Claremont Football Academy: Don’t Dream It, Achieve It

Twitter – @ClaremontFA

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Football Academy Brochure

German Academy Scholar Yassin defends the ball during training

Spanish Academy scholar Pedro sets himself to shoot during training

Academy scholars Emmanuel from Nigeria and Yan from Germany battle it out during a training session.