The Academy History
The FootballCV Academy held their end of season showcase match and awards ceremony at the King Power Stadium, home of Premier League Champions Leicester City. Leicester City legend, Steve Walsh, was guest of honour and the match was watched by scouts from Premier League, Football League and National Conference clubs.
Former Premier League and international footballer Gus Poyet delivers a coaching session at FootballCV Academy. The Chelsea and Spurs legend and former Sunderland Manager praises the set up saying "It was a pleasure to coach the FootballCV Academy players. The facilities are fantastic and the Academy is run very professionally."
FootballCV are featured on BBC One as part of the 'Match of the Day Kickabout' programme. The programme centred on a FootballCV Trials Day to highlight the opportunities the trials provide by performing in front of scouts from the professional clubs in the UK.
The FootballCV Academy re-locates to Stamford utilising the brand new facilities at the Borderville Sports Complex and acquires the Garden House – a boarding house located in the centre of historic Stamford for its players on an exclusive basis.
The football academy held some of its training sessions at St George's Park, home of the England national teams and played some of its competitive matches at the 32,000 capacity Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
The company delivered the ground-breaking ‘Search for an Asian football star’ project for TradeNext giving young Asian footballers in the UK’s three main cities an opportunity to progress in the game.
In May 2014 FootballCV organised a ‘Football for Heroes’ charity football event at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Raising thousands of pounds for UK military charity Help for Heroes, the Defence Medical Services football team played a Legends XI that was captained by former Manchester United, Coventry City and Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin, Match of the Day pundit and former Everton star Kevin Kilbane and managed by England Under-20 coach Aidy Boothroyd.
The Football Academy increases its annual fees to £20,000 with International Students making up 60% of the cohort of 27.
The company delivered a further project on behalf of Samsung – ‘Free Kicks for Kids’ delivering coaching sessions to over 16,000 children at 32 locations around the UK working with Chelsea FC.
Calaum Jaraldo-Martin becomes the first student to play for a Premier League side when he joins Hull City six months after completing the two year course at the Academy.
The Football Academy re-located to Steel Park, Corby utilising a brand new state of the art football stadium and taking a ‘wing’ of the Best Western Hotel on the Rockingham Triangle site. Academy fees increase to £18,000 per annum with the contingent of International Students rising to 40%.
FootballCV holds one of its many Trials Days at Stamford Bridge, home of Premier league giants Chelsea.
The Football Academy team , FCV reds, wins the Central Conference Cup.
Sam Conway becomes the first student to join a professional club outside of the UK signing for FK Banik Most in the Czech Republic.
The company began working for Samsung running their’ win a pro’ national competition as featured on BBC's 'Football Focus', ESPN and also on Sky Sports. Due to the competition’s success this ran for a further four years culminating in a three part series on Sky Sports.
FootballCV runs a series of Trials Days throughout May 2009 at Newcastle United, West Ham United, Norwich City and Coventry City which in a two week period is attended by over 600 players and 75 scouts.
The company was used by Nivea For Men to run their ‘Weekend Wonders’ campaign in association with Four Four Two in May 2008. Following a national competition two amateur football teams earned the right to play at Upton Park, home of West Ham United.
The Academy team, FCV Reds, became an FA Charter Standard Club and Kieran Mahon becomes the first student to be signed a professional club joining Northampton Town FC.
FootballCV had built up a good reputation since 2000. All that experience, expertise, and numerous football contacts were put together into setting up the FootballCV Academy – the UK’s first private football academy. In September 2007 The FootballCV Academy was opened by Manchester United and England winger Ashley Young and was based at Nene Park in Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire.
Twenty-eight students attended the inaugural season paying annual fees of £15,000 with one International Student joining.
Chris Smalling joins to become a member of FootballCV later signing for Manchester United for £10 million in January 2010.
The company has worked for the previous nine years with the PFA and Football League running ‘Exit Trials’ for released pro’s and scholars.
The first Trials Day provided phenomenal interest from players, clubs and the media with Sky Sports featuring the trials. Since the first Trials Day hundreds of players have gone to clubs for further trials, many of whom have now signed contracts. The trials have received media interest from Sky Sports, BBC Radio, 4-4-2 magazine and many other national newspapers and magazines.
Trials Days and events have been held at the grounds of Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle United, West Ham United, Reading, Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Birmingham City, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City, Falkirk, Tranmere Rovers, MS Oslo and Leicester City and over a hundred other professional clubs. And FootballCV has been endorsed by numerous clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle United , Manchester City amongst many others.
Footballcv.com incorporated in October 2000 by Peter Mallinger, David Mallinger and Graham Starmer.
FootballCV recognised the enormous amount of letters clubs would receive from players, so set up a website for players to register their CV’s including a chance to list their footballing abilities. Once registered the players details are placed on the website for managers, scouts and coaches to view using the powerful on-line search engine. The success of the site was immediate but we wanted to do more to help the players. That was when the Trials Days were born.