The Academy of Football WHUF in London

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The Academy of Football Soccer Experience Year Academic Program

This football education program in London with The Academy of Football WHUF aims to develop the complete player combined with high standard educational programs. "The Academy of Football" as West Ham United Football Academy is known internationally, delivers an intensive training based on the player development program used with West Ham United FC academy players.

This 3, 6 or 9 month high performance soccer program is geared towards boys and girls players aged 16 - 22 years looking to be trained within the West Ham United club and with the latest sports technology used by English Premier League clubs and with access to a great portfolio of academic programs.


West Ham United Foundation (WHUF)

The West Ham United Foundation is based in East London, Essex promoting health and well being to its players. The Academy of Football builds upon West Ham United Football club's heritage of developing high quality players both technically and physically. Its premier league football academy is recognized as one of the top football academies in the UK and continuously supervised by the West Ham United development squad.

The Academy program has been created in an exclusive partnership with Choices International which is a leading recognized sports & education organization. The whole structure of the program has been designed and is operated by them for all international athletes.

This soccer and education program in London, aims to help soccer players achieve their full potential both on and off the field, providing Premiership training techniques that will challenge and enhance the playing performance of the student-athletes.


Elite Pro Experience | Football & Studies Program

This unique Football and Studies program with WestHam United in the U.K. offers 9 months of intensive soccer training and match-play under the supervision of the West Ham United academy coaching staff.

Players attending the Elite Pro Experience program are given a personalized youth football development plan, access to club talent ID opportunities, an official academy kit and membership to the UEL high performance gym. Additional, academy members are integrated with community academy players, taking part in competitions and tournaments according to their age and abilities.

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Elite Pro Experience | Football Only Program

The Pro Experience West Ham United Football Only Program is the perfect opportunity to shape your pathway into the professional football market. This program is aimed at participants that want to immerse themselves in high intensity professional football training. This Pro Experience option allows players to see how professional players work and train on a daily basis, gaining valuable insight and knowledge into how an English professional league football club operates behind the scenes.

The Pro Experience focused on Football only is for players with no aspiration to study for a period of 3 to a maximum of 6 months. Players are given the opportunity to attend high quality, undergraduate and postgraduate level lectures, seminars and workshops delivered by West Ham development squad. Some possible lectures are listed below.

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Top Female Football Academy in the U.K.

Whether you have played in a Pro Soccer Academy with aspirations to make a career in soccer, or you just want to boost your skills in football, this unique Pro Experience Women's program by the West Ham United elite development center is designed to make girls soccer players reach their full potential and progress into women's university soccer or at various levels within the beautiful game.

All coaching sessions will be led by fully qualified WHU Foundation Player Development Soccer Coaches. This program builds upon the West Ham United Women's FC philosophy, ensuring that all female players embrace the core technical and tactical soccer skills of the game.

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High-Performance Soccer Clinic with The Academy of Football WHUF

Work with the current squad for 2 or 4 Weeks!

If you haven't decided yet and want to experience the intensity of the Pro Experience, this is the perfect choice! The High-Performance Clinic by the West Ham United Foundation International Academy tests applicants' football skills, fitness, strategy, and endurance in a 2- to 4-week program.

Footballers will undergo 10 hours of weekly training, guided by West Ham United Academy coaches. During these sessions, they will collaborate with international academy players to understand team dynamics and experience high-performance conditions.

The Academy of Football staff will evaluate your performance on and off the field, covering conditioning, ball control, strategy, mental strength, leadership, and decision-making. Most importantly, successful participants may secure a spot in the upcoming term at the Academy.

This program is available every month for players 16 -17 y/o and 18 -20y/o. Learn more about what this program includes in the Program Details section.👇🏼


High Performance Summer Soccer Tryouts with WHUF

Train like a professional and get the opportunity to receive a scholarship to enter the academy

Summer soccer trials are aimed to male/female players ages 16 - 19 and take place in West Ham United Chadwell Heath facilities in London. Participants will be accommodated in UAL Campus either from July 16th - 22nd or July 16th - 29th (Full session 2-weeks option also available).

Players in the High-Performance Tryout will benefit from:

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WHU Academy Training Methodology

The coaches and technical staff are the same West Ham United Academy coaching and support team that supports all West Ham United youth players, integrating the latest sports technology with world-class soccer training techniques.

Player profile analysis: Technical analysis on the field by WHU professional scouting team. Medical analysis through cardiac and psychomotor evaluation. Biomechanical and pediatric analysis tested at first competitive level.

Individual focus: Tailored training plan support incorporating workouts on the fields and in the gym. Nutritional plan adapted to the players according to their specific needs. Individual mentoring off the field.

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Academic Programs

The IBCM International Foundation Diploma is a qualification designed to prepare students for entry into their chosen degree specialization. The program is designed for international students who wish to progress to an under-graduate degree course. The IFD program covers a wide range of degree specializations; including Sports Management, Business, Law, Health Sciences and many more. The program is OFQUAL-accredited and is recognized by over 80+ UK, US and other international universities.

The HND is an OFQUAL recognized qualification; equivalent to the first 2 years of a degree. These programs provide opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and practical skills to real work situations. The content of the program has been specifically designed to align with professional body, employer and higher education needs.

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Bobby Moore Sports Hub in Dagenham

The Academy of Football's primary facilities are at the newly opened Bobby Moore Sports facilities. Bobby Moore Sports Hub at Parsloes Park is a £12.8 million state-of-the-art facility poised to become a cornerstone of football and fitness in East London.

This new facility will house all of the West Ham United Foundation programs as well as some of West Ham United’s academy programs as the club expands over the coming years.

The facilities include:

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The program also integrates training at University of East London (UEL Sportsdock) and London Marathon Community Track. Some of the facilities players will have access to are listed below:

UEL Sportsdock

  • Two multi-purpose indoor sports arenas
  • 120-piece fitness center
  • Fully equipped strength and conditioning room
  • Sports therapy clinic
  • Outdoor pitches grass and 3G football pitches

London Marathon Community Track

  • Fully flood-lit full-sized 11-a-side grass football pitch
  • All-weather, six-lane Mondo 400-meters track with two eight-lane 100-meter straights
  • Multi stationed fitness center
  • Elevated, fully covered 300-seated spectator stand

WHUF The Academy of Football Accommodations 2024

Accommodation options for students include:

1. Residential accommodation (18 years old)
2. Family accommodation (16 to 17 years old )
3. Share Flats and studios (18 years old)

Participants doing a term or semester with football and English classes could have the course and the accommodation in the residence subject to availability. This program is available to all age groups!

The accommodation fee is not included in the program's price. We encourage you to contact us to discuss available options together and receive a tailored quotation.

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Academic Programs Available:

International Foundation Diploma 3 Terms or Fast Track 1 Semester
HND / Higher National Diploma
USA High School Program Online
English Course (Plus Football 1 Term or 1 Semester)

Football training Semesters are available from September to March / January to June.
1 Term football training is available from April to June

Registration Fee: US$ 2,350.00 | Registration for Academic year or Football training is not included in the fee. This fee is non-refundable.

The registration fee is not applicable for soccer trials or high-performance soccer clinics.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Accommodations is not included in the course fee. Contact us to discuss available options and receive a tailored quotation.

Refundable Deposit: £ 2,500

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