Glenn Hoddle Academy

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The Glenn Hoddle Academy
TypeFootball Academy
FounderGlenn Hoddle

The Glenn Hoddle Academy (GHA) was established in 2008, by former England international footballer Glenn Hoddle. Hoddle set the academy up in the memory of his brother, Carl, a former Tottenham Hotspur player who died aged 40.

The academy coaching staff is made up of Glenn and fellow former stars Graham Rix, Nigel Spackman, Dave Beasant and John Gorman.


The main objective of the academy is to get former Premier League and Football League Championship scholars back into professional football after being released by their various clubs.

Glenn Hoddle came up with the idea of a football academy a long time before it actually opened. He had the idea for his academy while managing in the early 1990s.[1] In an interview on 24 May 2008, Hoddle claimed: "I've had it in mind ever since my first job as a manager at Swindon."[2]

The academy insists this is not just another case of a famous football celebrity lending his name to a random, money-making scheme.[3] They claim that the original concept was Hoddle's and that he is committed to turning his vision into reality.[3]

The academy is financed by Hero Global Football Fund but its eventual aim is to make a profit by selling players through third-party ownership, signing sponsorship deals and offering coaching for other organisations, to become self-sustainable. Sell-on clauses will eventually make the academy pay, though it is yet to turn a profit.

The academy helps players get back into football and giving them more time to develop. Developing players mentally, physically, technically, tactically and learning the game from every aspect.[4]

In January 2009, the first signs that Hoddle's commitment was paying off came when former Fulham youngster Lino Goncalves was invited on a two-week trial with Championship club Ipswich Town. Chris Fagan was signed by Lincoln City, but only to be released again. James Dayton signed a 3-year contract with Kilmarnock.[5] Another one of the players in Ikechi Anya signed a deal till the end of the season with Northampton Town, already playing an important role in the club's survival having already scored. He is currently contracted to Championship club Derby County.[6]

The academy's ultimate goal remains getting players at a La Liga team or a Premier League team playing regularly for them.[7] The first player from the academy to achieve this was Sam Clucas, a regular in the Championship with Hull City in 2015/16 during their promotion year who has stated in the first team in the Premier League during the 2016/17 season.


Ever since Glenn started work on his plan for the academy ten years ago, he has had offers from 60 countries asking him to set up similar academies, and is close to finalising a deal to establish an academy in Rustenburg, South Africa.[1] The Glenn Hoddle Academy have played friendly matches against many teams, including a Real Madrid XI team and Chelsea reserves.[8][9] In 2008, up to 40 selected players were invited to join the academy after being released by professional clubs or having been identified by scouts.

Hoddle is confident he is attracting a higher standard of talent than ever before. By 2010, the academy has had more than 2,000 applications via their website and, since the academy opened, almost 600 have had trials.[10]

Jerez Industrial[edit]

Many of the academy players were on the books of Spanish fourth division side Jerez Industrial CF during the 2009–10 and 2010–11 season.

In summer 2010, the academy saved the club from financial extinction by signing a five-year deal to manage the football side of the operation. Eight players joined on loan for the second half of the 2009/10 season, six English players and also two Irish players.[11] The academy stepped in to save Jerez from bankruptcy, resulting in the bizarre phenomenon of a Spanish club almost entirely made up of English players.

In their final pre-season friendly against Xerez B, eight of the starting 11 were English or Irish. Jerez won the match 2-0.[10] This season the team's away strip is a white shirt with a red cross.

With the players owed wages and the club fighting for its survival before Hoddle assumed control of the football side of operations, a loan of around £160,000 was made so that the club could pay off debts and continue trading.[7] "The supporters are grateful for Glenn and the new players because they saved the club," says Alberto Valtierra Martin, the only remaining player at Jerez Industrial from the previous season.

But the academy's aim is not so much about success on the pitch as giving players the opportunity and competitive edge to get back into the professional game. All 22 players in Industrial's squad are from the academy. 20 of the 22 registered players are British, while the two Spaniards have been co-opted into the academy as well. The club is a chance for the academy players to get match experience. Providing his players with a competitive environment in which to play, Hoddle's hope is that the club act as a shop window for others to more effectively scout his players.

Hoddle does not sit on the bench during games, acting as a director of football while his coaches, Graham Rix, Nigel Spackman and Dave Beasant, rotate match day duties two games at a time, working alongside Enrique Caballero. Hoddle doesn't hold a position at the club and will have an overseeing role.[10]

In March 2011, the academy terminated the agreement with Jerez Industrial due to the club's failure to repay the loans it owed to the academy.

The Facility[edit]

The players stay in luxury villas on the grounds and they are given free accommodation, meals and spending money. Each player is said to cost the academy £50,000 a year.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Worden, Tom (13 September 2010). "The Spanish team thats full of Englishmen". The Sun. London.
  2. ^ Walters, Mike (24 May 2008). "Glenn Hoddle launches football project for youngsters". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b "What is the Glenn Hoddle Academy (GHA)?". Glenn Hoddle Academy. Retrieved 6 March 2010.
  4. ^ Williamson, Laura (11 July 2009). "Hoddle's got talent...and puts ex-factor boys back in big time". Daily Mail. London.
  5. ^ Glenn Hoddle saved me from football scrapheap - now Kilmarnock will reap benefits, vows new signing James Dayton
  6. ^ "Ikechi Anya: Derby County sign Watford and Scotland winger". BBC Sport. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  7. ^ a b Wilson, Steve (9 September 2010). "English master Glenn Hoddle gives Spanish lessons at his academy in Jerez". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  8. ^ Real Battle Against Real Madrid
  10. ^ a b c Williamson, Laura (9 September 2010). "Here's Hoddle FC... Glenn's team of Englishmen in Spain's fourth tier". Daily Mail. London.
  11. ^ "Brits sign up for Los Ingleses". The Sun. London. 16 March 2010.
  12. ^ Smith, Frank (4 August 2012). "Anya hoping Zola influence will help him develop". Watford Observer. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
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  14. ^ "York City sign up midfielder Adriano Moke". BBC Sport. 24 June 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2011.
  15. ^ "Mickey Demetriou: Cyprus check out Shrewsbury Town defender". BBC Sport. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.

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