Football boarding school in Manchester and Ellesmere, UK

English Lessons + Football

You dream of training in a professional football academy. It would be chance to see how far you could go.
Would you love to improve your English language skills, but also want to be the best football player that you can be? You can do both at IHM Football Academy.
Your confidence whilst speaking English will grow day by day. It feels great to make friends, in English, with other young footballers, just like you, from all over the world. Living, studying and playing football in Manchester, the home of English football, is like a dream come true!
At IHM you can take English language classes every morning in our accredited English language school and then join our football coaching sessions with our professionally qualified coaches every afternoon.
IHM Football Academy will help you to be the best player and the best person that you can be:
– Be coached by UEFA qualified coaches
– Earn the chance to trial with Spanish & Portuguese professional clubs

Course Dates – Availability

This course runs throughout the academic year (September to June), following the academic terms of Abbey College Manchester:

Autumn Term 2022:

Monday 5th September to Friday 16 December

Spring Term 2023:

Monday 9 January to Tuesday 4 April

Summer Term 2023:

Monday 17 April to Friday 23 June

Students can start any Monday, within these dates, and stay for as many weeks as they would like –

minimum course duration = two weeks​

Football Academy Holidays:

Please note that whilst the English language school (and accommodation) remains open all year round (school closes on the days of public holidays), the football academy closes in line with the academic terms of Abbey College Manchester on the following dates:

Half Term – Monday 24th October to Friday 28th October 2022

Christmas – Monday 19th December to Friday 6 January 2023

Half Term - Monday 20th February to Friday 24th February

Easter – Wednesday 5th April to Monday 17th April

Summer Holidays – Monday 26 June to Monday

Football Academy reopens – Monday 4 September

NB – Extra English language classes are provided during the afternoons, in place of football coaching / match play, during the above holiday periods when the football academy is closed.

What’s included:

  • 10 hours per week football coaching
  • Match play (subject to availability in the closed season)
  • 15 houurs per week of classroom based English language lessons in-house (International House Manchester (British Council accredited school)
  • Supervised creation of an individual player profile / career cv
  • Entry to “The IHM Coaching Panel” – opportunities for pro club trials, US soccer scholarships, further or higher education
  • IHM kit pack: 2 training kits (shirt, shorts, socks), 1 tracksuit, 1 red polo shirt
  • Gym membership
  • Standard homestay accommodation
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure (Manchester airport)
  • Registration fees

Example Timetable

Player testimonial

Nahuel, age 23, joined us from Argentina for an English + football course.

The IHM Coaching Panel

Sitting twice a year, once in December and again in June, our panel will consider the merits of each IHM student player who has:
1 submitted a complete player profile (we will guide you)
2 consistently demonstrated the correct mental attitude and displayed good character at all times
3 engaged in all classroom tasks and activities
4 demonstrated appropriately high football skills and fitness
The Panel will then decide whether to recommend the player attends professional football club trials in Portugal or Spain.
The Panel will consist of the IHM senior coaching team.


DurationAge 16/17
2 weeks£1,595
4 weeks£2,995
8 weeks£5,795
12 weeks£8,495
15 weeks£10,445
22 weeks£14,995
DurationAge 18+
2 weeks£1,525
4 weeks£2,845
8 weeks£5,495
12 weeks£7,995
15 weeks£9,795
22 weeks£13,995

When enrolling and attending the IH Manchester English + football programme, you are enrolling on an educational study programme as a full time student. Therefore, any students who are attending the programme from outside of the EU and have been granted leave to enter the UK by a student visa are not allowed to access public funds nor are they allowed to work in the UK, either paid or unpaid.
Working would include playing professional football for a club in the UK or amateur football for an amateur FA registered football club. Throughout the programme IH Manchester arrange a variety of experiences for students to attend scouting opportunities with clubs in the UK. Should a non EU visa student be successful in being scouted by a professional or amateur club in the UK, it would be the responsibility of the club and the individual player to ensure that they have secured the relevant UK work visa and permissions for this. We also only recommend doing this following the successful completion of the student’s course of study and with full compliance with the terms of their UK student visa.