Nike Academy

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Nike Academy
Full nameNike Academy
Nickname(s)The Academy
Founded2009
GroundSt George's Park
Burton upon Trent, England
Capacity3,100[1]
ManagerRepublic of Ireland Jon Goodman
LeagueFriendlies

The Nike Football Academy is an English football academy funded and administered by Nike, Inc.. The academy has a revolving squad of unsigned under-20 players and is run with the intention of helping them find a professional club. The academy is currently based at St George's Park National Football Centre.[2] The squad is made up of players scouted worldwide and drafted to the squad through Nike Most Wanted trials. Over 50 players have gone on to play professional football over the years. The programme is led by Manager Jon Goodman, with former Wolverhampton Wanderers player Matt Murray working as Assistant Manager.

The programme is also known for its collaborations with world class professional players, most notably Sami Khedira, Joe Hart, Rio Ferdinand, Francesco Totti, Mario Gotze and others.

Players such as David Accam, Michael Lewis Cunningham, Tom Rogic, Majeed Waris, Petar Golubovic, Kevin Salazar and Sergio Galeano are graduates of the programme.

The Academy regularly play teams like FC Barcelona, Arsenal, Inter Milan, Manchester United and others.

Current technical staff[edit]

Name Role[3]
England Jon Goodman Head coach
England Matt Murray Assistant coach
England Josh Dixon S&C coach
England Hannah Pitt Sports Scientist

Notable participants[edit]

Players who participated in Nike's The Chance, or played for the Nike Academy who have gone on to play in a professional league or competition. Players in bold have full international caps.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stadium launch: Loughborough University FC v Tottenham Hotspur U18s". Loughborough Football on Facebook. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  2. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/football/blog/2015/mar/20/barcelona-nike-fc-football-future
  3. ^ NikeAcademy.com

External links[edit]

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