Internet database to launch UK football academy

An internet database will start its own football academy in September 2007. The Academy will be based in Northamptonshire, England, and will use the stadium, training pitches, sports hall, study centre, canteen, gym and physio room of Rushden & Diamonds FC. Successful candidates will be selected on their football ability following football trials early in 2007. For the first year the program will cater for forty students, aged sixteen, from anywhere in the world.

The football course will be overseen by former professional football players and coaches and will run for two years. Along with up to 30 hours a week spent on intense football training and playing, students will also study for a nationally recognised qualification, which will open up options for a number of careers including physiotherapy, sports coaching, sports development, the fitness profession or sports teaching.

The cost of the course will be £15,000 per student, per year and this will include all kits, equipment, transport, tutoring, coaching, entertainment, excursions, guest speakers, accommodation and meals for seven days a week. Further details at