FCV Academy: The benefit of short courses

At FCV, we welcome students from all over the globe into our Academy, where they can hone their footballing ability in our professional set-up.

From Australia to Zambia, Tanzania to Uruguay and the US, to here in the UK, we house students from 11 different countries on our short courses.

FCV Academy: Short course options

The courses are designed to give players an experience of how professional clubs train and, since we opened in 2007, many players have used this opportunity to see what life is like at the FCV Academy, before joining us full-time for the two-year programme.

Nic Railz is one of the current students taking part in a short course, and the Australian is delighted with how things are going so far.

“I’m really enjoying my time here,” he explained. “I’ve had a great taste of the weather already and the accommodation is top class.

“FCV struck me as a very professional set-up, but still friendly, and that very much appeals to me.

“It wasn’t much of a decision at all to decide to come here, the most important thing for me is the experience I’ll gain.”

Nic Railz: FCV Academy’s latest recruit no stranger to travel

The FCV short courses offer intensive coaching and training for football players aged 16 to 21, as well as providing performance analysis and expert advice from our UEFA-qualified coaches.

Another recent short course student is Bulgarian goalkeeper Martin Petkov, who after spending just a week at the Academy, decided he just had to have more.

“I want to improve as a person and a goalkeeper,” Petkov said.

“The most important thing I noticed was that people here work so professionally and work hard to improve. As soon as I realised that, I knew I had to come for longer.”

Martin Petkov: FCV Academy's professionalism impresses

For more details on short courses at FCV Academy, including dates and rates, please click here.


For further information on the FCV International Football Academy courses please contact:

+44 (0)1933 420000 (option 1)


We also hold regular Open Days at the Academy in Stamford.

For more detailed information on how to join the FCV International Football Academy you can check out our student guide, our FAQ or read our Academy Prospectus.



FCV International Football Academy also offer short courses designed to give players an experience of what life is like at the Academy. All short courses are fully residential using the same boarding house accommodation as the full-time Academy players, and optional extras such as English Language lessons can be provided.



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