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UK International Academy



Soccer Academy

The GPS International Soccer Academy powered by FAB Academy is based Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

These top class facilities were the former home of the England National teams during international breaks and prior to World Cups or European Tournaments as well as the former home to EFA Coaching and the EFA Centre of Excellence that produced international players such as Michael Owen, Jermain Defoe, Sol Campbell, Jamie Carragher, Andy Cole and David Beckham. FAB academy has a history of producing elite players who head on to play professionally in the UK and beyond. The goal is to give young, talented players the opportunity to grow in a professional challenging environment.

Players develop at different paces during their formative years and the GPS International Academy powered by FAB is able to offer the support, expertise and guidance for them to fully achieve their maximum potential.


Facilities

Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre has undergone a £7 million redevelopment and is one of the most respected sports facilities in the UK. More Olympic medalists' at the 2012 and 2016  games trained at Bisham Abbey than at any other facility in the UK.


Pitches

We have 3 newly laid pitches: a state of-the-art 3G pitch, a Desso grass pitch with the same surface and quality as Wembley Stadium, and an FA standard pitch. These pitches ensure our students have the best opportunity to train, play and reach their true potential on world class surfaces.


Accommodation

Excellent accommodation is available for students wishing to stay on site in our player specific quarters.


Fitness Centre

The state-of-the-art gymnasiums comprises a wide range of cardio and resistance weight machines to make sure that no muscle goes unworked, not to mention a large selection of free weights and a designated spin studio containing 30 exercise bikes. The Fitness center has just received a further refurbishment upgrade in 2016 .The academy players will spend three sessions a week in here improving their conditioning with a soccer-specific c program designed for them. The center will also be used for recovery sessions when the players have had a game the day before. Bisham Abbey is also the home for the British Olympic Rowing/Canoeing and British Olympic Hockey Team among others.


Education

For those pupils who have completed High School , they will complete the following courses:
(All awards are by 1st4Sport. Details can be found on the 1st4Sport website)

  • Multi-Skills Development in Sport Level 2 Certificate
  • Coaching Strength and Conditioning for Sport Level 2 Award
  • Principles of Coaching Sport Level 3 Certificate
  • Supporting the Delivery of PE and School Sports Level 3 certificate
  • FA Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching Certificates

We are supported by the English Institute of Sport in the delivery of the Strength and Conditioning qualification in the Elite gym at Bisham. Various other professionals from clubs around the country also lend their support to the courses. We believe our range of qualifications offers a unique learning experience which creates many opportunities for further progression in the Sports sector. In addition GPS provide Education around Football Studies, Sports Entrepreneurship, Player/College pathway and Personal Development.


Lifestyle

Based in a pleasant town just 45 minutes on the train from central London, the Soccer Academy is ideally positioned for its players to embrace the culture of the capital. Day trips to London can be arranged and there will be numerous opportunities to attend FA Premier League games at top London clubs such as Arsenal, Tottenham , West Ham and Chelsea. The Academy will also lay on team bonding excursions as well as football education trips.


Exit Options

Many international players who travel to the UK come here with the intention of progressing into professional soccer. We are here to assist players in this process. We cannot guarantee contracts with professional clubs, however we do give numerous opportunities to be noticed by high level clubs. We play regular exhibition games against professional academies and have a vast list of contacts in the professional game. International players will also be notified of trial events they can attend in the UK or elsewhere in Europe.

We also have our partner company www.soccerchanceusa.com who provide soccer scholarships to US Universities for those interested in progressing down this route. Any International players who are keen on a US scholarship will be assisted whilst attending our London based academy.

If you are looking to take the next step towards being a professional soccer player and wish to live in the home of football, London England, then please see our course list below.