Canvey Football Academy


The Future Skills Football programme is designed by Creative Sport & Leisure as a bespoke football academy programme for football clubs and has been adopted by Canvey Island Football club. 

While listening to the needs of football clubs and acknowledging that the learners are attracted to the fact that they can train and play in an elite standard environment, we must highlight that the main aim of this programme is to assist in the development of the players by making them employable and more attractive to employers by up-skilling them in the sport and physical activity and spectator safety industries. 

Although as ever, there is always a possibility in progressing through the football club system into a higher level and ultimately, paid football. It is however, vital to prepare the players for a realistic pathway after this programme. 

Creative Sport & Leisure as a training provider, have looked at the requirements from employers and the results and recommendations from the Sport England ‘Working in an Active Nation’ consultation. The strategy developed from this highlight needs in the industry that are diverse with more emphasis on demand – led sessions, soft and transferable skills and behaviours, health and well-being coaching and more understanding of children through to senior adulthood development. The consultation also identified a shortage in leadership and management skills which prevent the progression and growth of the industry. As coaching qualifications have changed, there has become a gap in the market for assessors for new coaches coming through the system. 

Out of all of the sport/activity businesses that were surveyed during the consultation, 56% expected their workforce to increase over the next year, with operational staff being the easiest to recruit with 75% of these coming from college programmes. These businesses however, highlighted that, recruiting operational staff that were suitably qualified or experienced was much harder.

By affording the players on the Future Skills programme the qualifications that industry require, together with the realistic work experience, attracts employers and puts the players at an advantage when applying for coaching sport and physical activity and spectator safety positions.

While on this 36 week programme, the players will train 2 mornings per week, play in a structured college league, Study multiple qualifications and work 5 hours per week in an environment relevant for progression into employment. Match and training kit will be provided along with good quality facilities. While playing on this programme the players will have the opportunity depending on ability, to progress through the levels at the club and play in the FA Youth Cup.

Information sessions will be held at Canvey Island FC's stadium on the dates:

Thursday 23rd May - 18:00
Thursday 6th June - 20:00
Saturday 29th June - 10:00

To register your interest, please visit the football programme apply page at . Alternatively, you can call 01268 552 218 for general enquiries.