Leeds West Academy

ECFA National Cup Finalists

Leeds West Academy's highly-popular Football Academy has made an outstanding start to the term, seeing our players reach the final 32 teams of 150 in the ECFA National Cup.

The Football Academy offers a vibrant pathway of enhanced learning, which is uniquely catered to benefit the individual needs of future sports professionals. Our young athletes choose a number of different subjects to complement their compulsory single BTEC in sport. Many have chosen to study A-Level Psychology, Business and Performing Arts, building a strong foundation of skills and experience to further their future careers or academic study.

So far the Academy Footballers have played four league games and won three, whilst participating in five pre-season fixtures. The team recently travelled to Nottingham to play in a tournament and came home victorious. They have also played against professional youth clubs including Chesterfield, where students were invited to have a trial to become scholars. As part of their ongoing training the team has also played Doncaster Rovers, Sheffield United and Rotherham United.

Mr Reid, who is coach and head of the Football Academy, said: "Each and every student is a role model for younger, developing athletes. Students are encouraged to support the school’s extracurricular clubs and public activities in multiple fields of experience. Whether assisting in training, developing strategy or refereeing fixtures, our Academy provides a wealth of opportunities to extend professional practice and launch the careers of professional sportspersons."

In June, The Football Academy will be heading to Barcelona as part of a Spanish Football Tournament. The six-day excursion will provide students with new skills, allowing them to develop as players, bond as a team and have the opportunity to play against international teams from all over the world.

Mr Reid adds: "It has been a strong and steady start for the Football Academy and the players have gelled very well, allowing their personalities to flourish within their playing. Thanks to playing across Yorkshire, the students have forged strong friendships across the region and following our trip to Barcelona, we expect to build key international relationships too. For any students who are now in Year 11 and Year 12 who may be interested in joining our Academy, we have trials on 16th February at Leeds West Academy, running from 9:00am to 3:00pm."

There will be regular updates on the Football Academy's progress on www.leedswestacademy.org.uk and Twitter @LeedsWestWay.