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We are extremely proud to announce our very own Academy set up has been launched!
Simply put, the Over&In Football Academy is an elite training environment which enables young players who currently play at grassroots level a pathway to semi professional and professional clubs. By providing high quality training twice a week, fixtures against local professional clubs and expertly-knowledged coaches, we create a platform for players to not only reach their potential, but give themselves the best possible opportunity to progress further with their football career.
Based on feedback from parents and players we feel our Academy far outweighs the training centre options that larger professional clubs offer at the bottom of their development pyramid. We have many parents come to us to seek advice when their child is accepted into what they think is an academy set up with a professional club, but soon realise that the lack of quality and consistency of coaching, and lack of ambition from the clubs, leads them to believe that they are not in the environment in which they originally thought or were sold.
Our Academy focuses on the developing the foundations stage of u9-u12 football players, whether that’s to stay with us and develop, through our close knit contacts in the footballing world, moving players on to EJA/ semi-professional clubs, or even giving players the opportunity to trial at a professional clubs top-level academies.
In order to help our players develop, we must maintain strong links and provide opportunities for our players to be seen in a ‘shop window’ by these clubs.
By playing fixtures in the school holidays, not only does it mean that our fixtures do not clash with our players’ current club matches, but it also gives these professional clubs a chance to take a look at our players and offer trial periods if they like what they see.
We try to hold strong bonds with local clubs, and in previous years have had fixtures against Cambridge United, Norwich City, Peterborough, Colchester United, St Neots Town, and St Ives Town.
In the two years that the Over&In Academy has been running, we have had 7 players offered trials with professional clubs, 2 of which signed professional contracts and are still thriving in their respective environments.
Squads will have a maximum of 15 players per age group, enabling us to keep training relevant and competitive, without reducing the amount of contact time per child, per session.
Places are gained through a trial and selection process once a season, or players are invited into the Academy if they are seen and impress a coach during the regular season.
“My son has attended the Academy for nearly two years. The coaches at Over&In are excellent at getting their message across in a clear way that is easy for the players to understand. The coaching of strategy and tactics is of a really high level and the attention to detail of small technical aspects of the game make such a big difference” Ross White
“The Over&In Football Academy is a terrific place for young players to develop. The hand-picked coaches and players have high standards and know what they’re doing. The group sizes are sensible, and there’s an excellent balance between skills training and match training. If they invite your child to join, it’s an opportunity not to be missed!”Kathy
“The environment created at the Over&In Academy hits the perfect sweet spot where the standard is high, training is taken seriously and the kids all have fun. At the end of the day, kids are not just taught how to play football, they’re being developed to improve themselves as players, and more simply, as people. ” Jeremy HK
“Our boys (10 & 12) have worked with the Over&In coaches for a few years at our local football team. When the opportunity arose to join their Academy, they were beyond thrilled. Ben and his team are not only exceptional football coaches, they also instill a brilliant ethos into the boys. The training sessions with Over&In are well organized, technical, fun and they push the kids to expand their boundaries. The holiday fixtures against other academies are always highly anticipated. What sets Over&In apart is that the feedback, whether in person or through the regular personalised football reports, are memorable and actionable.” Jurgen van Gael
For more information please contact Ben.
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Although we only hold squads for u9-u12 age groups, we also offer a 1-night per week training centre for players aged u13-16 who are hand selected.
These players do not play fixtures, but access the high quality training and knowledge that the coaches at Over & In provide.Book Now