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Football Academy

The EDSV Academy specialise in performance-based sports training for male and female student athletes, and have been providing sport and academic successes since 2012.

Offering a very professional training provision, the emphasis is on success over participation, and students interested in applying for this must be serious to develop both as a student, and as a player.

You must pass a football trial to be accepted in to our programme. Although not essential, players with a minimum of County experience will be preferred.

Academic entry requirements will be based upon your chosen study option and can be found on this website. Again, although not essential, students with GCSEs in both English and Maths will be preferred.

2017 Squad (Men)
2018 League Champions

Academic Qualification

Our training timetable allows full access to A level options and BTEC in Sport courses (level 2 and above). We have trainee Veterinary Nurses to aspiring Plumbers within our ranks; however any other courses that Oaklands College offer MAY result in slight clashes to our training provision. All cases are dealt with on an individual basis.

Ex-Scholar, Beth Lumsden before her move to Arsenal Women
Ex-Scholar, Molly Peters, putting us ahead in a league fixture.


Our training provision is one that rivals those of professional football clubs.

Our structure has been developed over time, and with the experience of the staff you will be working with, it has proved a solid base for our players to excel from.

  • 3 training sessions per week, plus games on a Wednesday afternoon.
  • Experienced staff.
  • Qualified Physiotherapists present at ALL training sessions and games.
  • The latest technology in heart-rate monitoring and GPS tracking during fixture and training.
  • Recorded fixtures.
  • Access to Hudl for video analysis.
  • Masterclasses from past and present professional footballers.
  • Gym-based strength & conditioning sessions.
  • Swimming pool for injury rehab and recovery.
  • Access to Nike events.
  • Fixtures against professional U18/U21 teams.
  • Discounted rates for American Scholarships.


The boys taking part in a technical skills session.
One of our ladies taking the opportunity to work on her individual gym programme.


In total, we have five teams in the Academy.


The best 22 players from our U17s and our U19s make up our Elite team. Players will train separately and will play fixtures within the ECFA Premier League and ECFA National Cup.

Players move in and out of this squad based on both their academic and training performance. If you are dropped from our ELITES then you move in to your age category.


U17s: All first years who join go straight in to our U17 squad. Players will train together. Fixtures take place within ECFA Category 2 League and the ECFA Knock-Out Trophy.

U19s: All players within their second and third year will go straight in to our U19 squad. Players will again train together. Fixtures take place within ECFA Category 2 League and the ECFA Knock-Out Trophy.


Our performance squad consists of 25 players who will train separately and play fixtures within the ECFA Category 2 and Category 3 League. This team also competes in the ECFA Knock-Out Trophy.

Please note: We do not guarantee games. We guarantee a professional training provision where the best student athletes play. All team selection is based upon attendance to lessons, and completion of coursework before playing performances are considered.


We run a number of trial dates across the year. Anyone wishing to attend these dates MUST apply. We do not allow people to turn up on the day.

Times and precise details for all trials will be provided to you once we’ve received your application.



TUESDAY 25th JUNE 2019

TUESDAY 25th JUNE 2019


To apply for our football trial, click here.

Note: Applying for the football trial DOESN’T apply you for your chosen academic course. You must also do this in order to enrol.

Contact Us

If you wish to discuss further, please do get in touch.

Phone:  01727 737 755

Email:  trials@edsvacademy.com