7 Elite Academy in the United Kingdom continues to expand, including fresh partnerships with colleges and senior football clubs, a brand-new website and the launch of a new Under-16s team.
A year of disruption due to Covid-19 restrictions has failed to stem the enthusiasm of coaches and players alike, who are working hard across their communities in Liverpool and beyond.
This work in the community includes training sessions with An Hour For Others, a Liverpool-based charity which helps disadvantaged children and their families access opportunities within football and elsewhere in their lives.
A partnership with AFC Liverpool, who are one of the leading semi-professional clubs in the region, means 7 Elite Academy players now have a clear pathway from youth football through to the senior game.
AFC Liverpool was formed in 2008 by supporters in the region who were disillusioned by the high prices charge by clubs in the top-flight of English football. The Under-18 team played in the world-famous FA Youth Cup this season.
This partnership runs in tandem with the 7 Elite Academy / Coaching Connexions Performance Enhancement Programme. Students are trained by staff at 7 Elite Academy on a daily basis, while studying for post-16 qualifications.
These collaborations are giving 7 Elite Academy youngsters from the United States and Africa the opportunity to continue their education in Liverpool, while living and playing football in the city.
7 Elite Academy’s Under-13 and Under-15 teams receive coaching from professional staff every week, alongside regular masterclass sessions with our Global Ambassador, Stephen Warnock.
In fact, the Under-15 age group has proved so popular that trials sessions have been held for an additional Under-16 team next season to play in The Premier Junior League – one of the best youth football leagues in the United Kingdom.
Our close links across football have helped 7 Elite Academy UK players earn trials at professional clubs, including Manchester United, Preston North End, Wigan Athletic, Bolton Wanderers and Oldham Athletic.
Goalkeeper Josh Green has signed a contract with the famous Crewe Alexandra youth academy.
During Covid-19 restrictions – which saw grassroots football banned for long periods of time – staff at 7 Elite Academy UK ran online training sessions and team meetings to keep players focused, as well as fitness sessions.
Coaches at 7 Elite Academy UK hold some of the highest qualifications in world football, including the UEFA A License. Head of Goalkeeping Chris Owens, for example, also works with Liverpool FC.
Off the pitch, 7 Elite Academy UK recently launched its new website to coincide with its expansion, giving prospective players, coaches and even clubs wide-ranging information about the opportunities available.
The new website was a long-term team effort that now stands as an example for our academies in the United States and Africa to follow in coming months.
The 7 Elite Academy UK website can be found at: uk.7eliteacademy.com