Getting a place in one of the top English football academies is a dream for most children that love football, and as you would expect the competition is incredibly tough. Simply turning up hoping to be spotted will not get you a place in a football academy.
For those lucky few that do get in, you will be in awe of the depth of professionalism that goes into not only your diet and well-being but your team play, mentality on and off the pitch and most of all your training ethics.
Children learn to develop their footballing skills, mental strength, physical agility, and fitness, amongst more strategic game play and learning how to think under pressure about the pass, cross, shot or run you will make as part of your wider team.
It is important for parents to understand which academies to target, and below shows the list of all the football academies in the UK Premier League and Championship. Find out about how each academy varies and which ones suit you best.