bigstock-Young-child-boy-playing-soccer-32918321xAcademies are usually held at weekends or on weekday evenings. Each 90 minute session focuses on a football skill, a related life skill and a short talk based on the Bible. Sessions end with a match, which gives an opportunity to put those skills into practice.

Academies are run by teams of volunteers, at least two of which have a recognised coaching qualification (Football Association Level 1 minimum). All volunteers are DBS checked (Disclosure and Barring Service – formally CRB) and there is a minimum ratio of 1 adult to 10 children.

Players must wear shin pads for safety reasons and insurance purposes. All other equipment is provided.

Most academies run award schemes, play matches against each other and enter the Kick London Annual Tournament.

Thinking of setting up an academy?

Partnering with Kick London to establish a new academy is an exciting step and one that a number of churches and church partnerships have already done successfully.

Before setting up a Kick Academy their are 6 questions to consider:

1. Who is the Kick Academy Leader and volunteers?
2. What is the target age group?
3. Which type of Kick Academy would you like to launch – football or dance?
4. Where will the Kick Academy take place?
5. When will your Kick Academy take place? (Day, Time, Launch Date)
6. Will you charge the young people to participate?
7. How many young people do you hope to gather/ How many can you gather?

Kick London would love to meet you to explore how an academy would work best in your local community. We have the resources, training programmes, equipment and expertise to help you get started and support you along the way.

For more information contact us.