Football + English 16+

This is your chance to dedicate yourself full time to developing your football skills, showcasing your talent to professional clubs and continuing your education at a well established British Independent School. You will live the professional football academy experience in Manchester, the home of English football, having English language lessons every morning and professional football training each afternoon.
IH Manchester will provide you with a carefully selected local homestay host.
If you are serious about football and your future career as a professional player, contact us now to organise a visit / or trial week at our academy!

About the course

  • Suitable for age 16+
  • 1-22 weeks
  • 15 hours of English lessons per week(Maximum 20 students per class)
  • 10 hours of Football Training per week
  • Standard homestay accommodation (half board Mon-Fri, full board at weekends) Students may share a twin room with another player on the football programme
  • kit bundle – 1 tracksuit, 2 training kits, 2 polo shirts, 1 hoodie
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure, Manchester or Liverpool airport
  • GuardMe travel insurance – full details available on request
  • This course is suitable for all levels of English except absolute beginners

English Language Lessons

If you choose the English language option you will receive 15 hours per week of English language lessons. The lessons are provided at the school by International House Manchester’s qualified tutors. On arrival, all English language students receive an individual Needs Analysis interview, so the school knows exactly what each student needs. This interview also allows the school to assess the student’s specific strengths and weaknesses when speaking and listening. We’ll also take a sample of each student’s writing and ask them to complete a grammar/vocabulary exam, so we can prepare clear, personalised learning goals for each student.
After finishing the needs analysis, students are assigned to a class which corresponds to their CEFR level in English. We introduce new students to their teachers and classmates, and we check after the first class and throughout the week that everything is going well. Students also have a face-to-face individual tutorial every two weeks with their teacher. The Principal and Director of Studies are also available to talk to outside of class. We will advise students on which exam is best for them e.g. IELTS / Cambridge PET, FCE or CAE.

Course dates

Term 1 2018
Monday 15th January 2018 – Friday 15th June 2018
22 weeks

Term 2 2018
Monday 16 July 2018 – Friday 14th December 2018
22 weeks

Start any Monday during term time (apart from school holidays – please click here for full details)

Football Training


Team play and tactics are an important part of the game. Being part of the Academy means being part of the team and competing weekly in competitive fixtures. Our coaches will work on tactical elements of the English game. The players will begin to develop their tactical awareness; including shape, movement, set plays, defending and attacking as a team. These elements of training will be worked on both on the pitch, where players will receive lectures on the English game, what to expect, the laws of the game and both basic and complex tactics. Throughout the season the team will film as many fixtures and training sessions as possible for post-match analysis. This is a great opportunity for players to reflect on and discuss their performance and identify exactly where they need to improve.


Simple repetitive drills will be introduced to ensure that players can master the basic skills of the game. These sessions will continue over the season to ensure steady improvement. Many players continue with training drills in order to maintain their level of skill. David Beckham famously practised free kicks alone after training each day. Adopting good habits in your training is key. Players are also encouraged to understand the importance of warming up and cooling down and are expected to quickly take personal responsibility for their warm up. Self-guided learning was introduced in the 2014/2015 season and is valuable to every player’s individual technical development. These comprise of short periods of time at the beginning or end of each session where all players are asked to choose an area of their game that they wish to work on. The choice is based around the skill targets set in tutorials and coaching sessions. During this time players are given the time to work at their own pace and the coaches are on hand to assist and advise if needed.

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