Manchester Soccer Academy

The football academy study abroad programme is aimed at students who wish to study English or an Academic Year and to train and practise in our soccer Academy in Manchester.



Our football academy provides integrated specialisation in soccer for students from 16 to 21 years old, in order to improve their ability in English and soccer skills. All the coaching sessions at the academy will focus on technical and tactical player development. Our aim is to improve players individual and team performances.

Each player that comes to the academy will be individually assessed within the first week of training. From there the coach will decide whether the player will be suitable for either group 1 which is for more advanced players or group 2 which are for players that are at a more intermediate level. If players show significant improvement or decline, the player is then able to switch groups.


The General English classes concentrate on improving every aspect of your English. Our approach is to provide a stimulating and highly-interactive environment in which you can develop your language skills. In your General English class, you will work on speaking skills, listening skills, reading skills, writing skills, pronunciation and grammar & vocabulary.


This is a professional training programme so there is a 5-day training schedule with an activity on each of those 5 days. There will be at least 3 training sessions per week, with other sessions providing recovery training or after a match. This will be decided by coaches on a weekly basis.

Training sessions have a duration of 1.5 hours each. Matches can be up to 2/3 hours as they include warm up and half time. There will be an activity of at least 1.5hours each day Monday to Friday.

There are 4 general types of activities:

  1. Football training session – Involving skills training, drills etc.
  2. Fitness sessions – which may be inside or outside, players will work on their physical fitness.
  3. Matches
  4. Recovery sessions – On days after matches, the coaches run a recovery sessions rather than full training – usually held in the fitness suite and/or swimming pool, steam rooms, sauna etc.


Excellent facilities such as:

  • Sports Centre
  • Gym (with access to another 7) in Manchestertrainning3
  • Four fully enclosed five-a-side astroturf pitches
  • Six mini soccer grass pitches
  • One full-size third generation astroturf pitch
  • One seven-a-side third generation astroturf pitch with
  • shock pad
  • Three nine-a-side grass pitches
  • Library
  • Changing rooms and shower facilities
  • Free parking
  • Cafe (serving hot beverages and a small selection of snacks)

Exercise programmes held throughout the facilities include:


  • Spinning
  • Circuits
  • Boxfit
  • X-Biking
  • Aerobics
  • Kettle Bell
  • Body Conditioning
  • 50/50 Core and Bike

Moreover, players will be able to enjoy the sports centre facilities, gym and swimming pool on weekends as they are opened.


We aim to ensure participants to have the smoothest possible integration into your studies in the UK and adapt to a new lifestyle as quickly as possible. As such, we provide a range of services to assist you.

Social Activities

We offer a varied and exciting social schedule organised by our Social Activities Co-Ordinator to complement your study programme. These activities provide an opportunity to meet other students and to explore Manchester’s exciting social scene and sporting culture. We really want our students to immerse themselves in English life!


Choices International has a dedicated Accommodation & Welfare Officer to arrange your accommodation requirements. We offer the following types of accommodation:


  • This is where you live with an English-speaking host and is an invaluable way to learn about the UK way of life. It is ideal when you are looking for a friendly and homely living environment.
  • We arrange single rooms only and students are provided with both Breakfast and Evening meals, Monday – Friday and breakfast, lunch and dinner at weekends.


  • The student residence is available for those seeking a more independent lifestyle and looking to meet other international students. We offer standard, individual rooms or ensuite. Please note that availability for this option is in high demand in Manchester.


We can provide letters and certificates of acceptance to assist you with visa applications where required.

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Choices International ANNOUNCEMENT
Choice international, in exclusive partnership with West Ham United Foundation, is pleased to announce the formal opening of The International Academy of Football. West Ham United FC is one of the leading and most famous teams within the English Premier League and is widely-regarded   'The Academy of football' due to its proud history of developing world-class players within its Player Development Programme.  Among the many illustrious names to have emerged from the Academy are England World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore, Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand, current England international Declan Rice and club captain Mark Noble. The new International Academy of Football Programme presents international student-athletes with the opportunity to experience world-class training and match-play under the direction of the West Ham United Foundation coaching team. Importantly, The Academy programme provides the opportunity for student-athletes to measure themselves against the best, be seen by leading scouts, and at the same time, complete a first-class education. Our team provides support and guidance to help student-athletes maximise their success on the field; whilst providing opportunities for trying out for US Sports Scholarships and gaining professional coaching, scouting and referee qualifications. The programme incorporates a solid educational foundation and offers participants a range of qualifications; including university pathway programmes, Higher National Diplomas, A levels and BTEC Sports Management diplomas.  In addition, students may study SAT, TOEFL, IELTS or intensive English courses. The programme opens up a wide range of career opportunities; whether as a professional player or by pursuing an academic and/or Management role. Participants can choose to pursue ambitions as a professional player, coach, progress to a US university with a sports scholarship or receive a sports degree in England. This is an elite programme designed for student-athletes with the ambition and talent to succeed. For more information please contact us!