Elite Football Academy - Frequent Questions
Can you help me choose which course to go on?
All of our courses are designed with you the footballer in mind. Many players will arrive at the academy with different fitness levels, different ability levels and different experiences. If you have played football at a professional club before you will have an idea which of our courses suits you best. If you are looking to make a start in football, then we would recommend you spend more time with us, and maximise the opportunities you will get to perform infront of the key people. To come on a course you must be between 15 years old and 21 years old. We always start with an initial assessment for 6 weeks first. Then take things from there.
We also appreciate that these courses represent a significant investment of money and time, so please read the info provided carefully.
We are available to help so if you are still not sure, contact us using the details provided on the right of this page.
Released Academy or Youth Player?
If you are a released scholar from a pro club, or were not offered a scholarship by your pro club then we have a range of flexible and tangible options aimed at getting you back into a club as soon as possible.
To discuss your individual requirements and circumstances please contact us and highlight the box for released players and we will contact you to get a plan together. Typically our packages start from £500 per month to cover accommodation and training, and we will hold 5 places open on each course just for you. WHY NOT GET IN TOUCH NOW >>
I have been released by a club, is your academy right for me?
The simple answer is YES! We understand it can be daunting after being notified that you will not be taken on by a club as a pro, or you are not being offered a scholarship. But our academy is setup in the same way, and we offer the same high levels of training, fitness and education to ensure that you feel right at home. You also get plenty of exposure to the right people meaning we are perfectly placed to help you find a new club.
I live outside the EU, is it still possible for me to join?
Yes. People from ALL over the world have the opportunity to participate in our academy programme. There are no limitations whatsoever imposed by Elite Football Academy who can attend our courses. There are quite stringent immigration rules set out by the UK Border Agency however, so you will need to be sure to get the appropriate documentation together and that you meet the necessary criteria for entry. An invitation to our academy will be provided which will assist you in getting the appropriate documentation to enable you to join. As we start with the 6 week assessment we recommend applying for a Sport Visitor Visa for our courses and we recommend making an appointment with your local british embassy prior to registering and paying for your course to ensure you meet the requirements for the visa. If you intend to stay longer and study here in the UK you need to be aware that Elite Academy cannot help you obtain a student visa, so you will need to ensure you have the neccessary permissions to do this privately. We can recommend Immigration Lawyers to help, but we will never get involved in personal visa situations.
The answer to this questions is very simple. We receive no funding at all from the government, as we are a private academy, therefore we must cover the expenses of your accommodation, food, drink, travel and your football training. We employ very experienced staff, and cut no corners to ensure you get the very best football training available.
We also MUST charge VAT in the UK by law, as our service is rendered here in the UK regardless of where you are from. this means all sales are subject to Value Added TAX at the standard rate of 20%. If you are a company this can be reclaimed, so please ask us for an invoice.
What airport is best for me to fly to, and when should I arrive?
Certain countries will only have flights to Heathrow airport, so in these cases we will take the lead from you. However, where possible, we request that people arrive to London Luton Airport or London Stansted .
Upon registration you will be provided with confirmed start dates to enable you to book your flights, but tyically all courses start on a Monday, with inductions and introductions being held first thing on a Monday morning. Therefore it is advised that you arrive on the Saturday or Sunday prior to your course start date. People arriving outside these times, or to these airports may be required to pay a surcharge. We also ask where possible that the flight collection and arrival times are during sociable hours.
I paid a lot of money but didn't get scouted, what now?
Of course we cannot guarantee that every player will successfully make the transition from our academy to a professional club. You are paying for the course and its contents including professional training, accommodation and transport. Whilst we work very hard to ensure that players get the opportunity to be showcased we cannot promise that you will be noticed. Anyone we feel is good enough will be pushed and promoted to our contacts, many of whom are constantly looking for new players.
Scouts attend our most of our matches, and the matches we play against Professional teams are always arranged to help managers and scouts find players they might be looking for, so every opportunity is available for you to make it.
What we would recommend is that if after a shorter course for example, you didn't quite do enough, but we feel that you could benefit from staying with us, you will be invited to extend your stay with us for a discounted rate. We cannot be fairer than that!
It is important to understand we are not here to make money from you being with us, so likewise if we feel that you do not have the ability to become a professional footballer we will be honest with you. Unlike other academies in the UK who are more interested in keeping you there as long as you can pay, and dont offer flexible payment methods, our philosophy is to take this term by term, therefore should things not be working out, at your review at the end of each term we will review your progress and ensure both parties are happy to proceed. this way we can be sure of your complete satisfaction & not cost you money unneccesarily.
Our goal is to discover and help create future professional footballers and whilst we must cover our expenses, we are not in the business of stringing players along. It is in neither yours nor our best interest to do so. We act professionally and responsibly at all times. This level of professionalism is also demanded from our partners, visitors and players alike.
Education is important to me & my family.. what courses can I take?
At Elite Football Academy we take education very seriously & actively encourage all players to supplement their football development programme with an academic course. We are very lucky in that we have excellent education staff who are employed full time and work hard to accomodate our players as students. As standard we offer a BTEC Subsidiary Dimploma Level 3 in Sports Coaching and Exercise Science for the first year. But not all International players will meet the entry requirements for this course, or be able to get a visa that permits them to study here in the UK. Sports Visitors and General Visitors are not permitted to study as standard. Courses are available for all 1yr programmes, however due to the football content of our programme we can only offer part time courses, meaning you wont qualify for a student VISA. If you have any specific requirements please get in touch with us. The 2nd year programme is an opportunity for people to turn their subsidiary BTEC 3 Diploma into a full diploma by finishing the additional units, and perhaps also offer the opportunity to find a university course of relevance in continuation.
I was refused a VISA, what do I do now?
Unfortunately there does appear to be great inconsistencies when it comes to applying for your SPORTS visitor Visa (further info on our terms and conditions pages). We would always recommend making an appointment with your embassy or high commission as soon as possible. We can provide the necessary application forms upon enquiry, and this should minimise your risk of rejection. However, if you do receive a REFUSAL NOTIFICATION there are several things we can do. Firstly you are entitled to appeal. You will ALWAYS receive a refusal letter, which you should scan and email to us. This will typically highlight the reason your application has been rejected and give you some next steps. Sometimes information that has been witheld or missed off the application can cause refusal, other times it can be simply because they are not satisfied you are making a legitimate claim for visa under the requirements laid out on the UK Border Agency Website or you do not satisfy them that you intend to return to your own country upon completion of the football programme. Please familiarise yourself with these requirements and please note that we are not able to offer Student Visas due to the part time nature of our studies that supplement the football element of our courses. We are not Visa specialists we are a football academy. We can recommend immigration lawyers but never get involved in individual visa situations at all.
To summarise, here is our advice:
- firstly get a personal appointment and try to deal directly with the embassy wherever possible when making the initial application. get advice as to which visa is best for you, and what the entry requirements are
- Provide as much accurate information as possible in your application
- understand fully the requirements for sports visitor visas and the different types of visas available. Remember you cannot study on a general visitor or sports visitor visa, and we cannot offer CAS letters etc due to the part time nature of our courses.
- make initial enquiries about entry visas in your country before registering for our courses
- please do not pay any money to us until you are absolutely certain you are coming as we are unable to return deposits or course fees for any reason. If you do make a payment and are rejected a visa, this will usually take place shortly before a course, and at short notice it might be impossible for us to fill your place. For this reason, if you pay and cannot complete your course of visit we are unable to return deposits. Please only pay and book flights when you are certain you are able to attend. Visas can take up to 4 weeks to process. There are also certain special rules for certain nationalities that will prevent immediate return. Courses are run 6 weeks at a time, regardless of whether you have a 6 week booking or a 1 year booking.Tweets by @elitefootballuk
If you have any queries that have not been addressed here please get in touch with us:
Phone: UK: 0800 019 3337 / Int: +44 (0)1217 371 932