Participants: Girls 16-19 years
What is the International Soccer Academy?
GPS is delighted to be opening its new Women’s International Soccer Academy with a location in Portsmouth, England following the success of the current International Academies in Valencia, Spain and the UK. The GPS Soccer Academy at Portsmouth College is run in partnership with Portsmouth College and The University of Portsmouth. These locations have top-class facilities for pro soccer training.
GPS and its current International Academies have a history of producing elite players who head on to play professionally in the UK and beyond. The goal is to give young, talented players the opportunity to grow in a professional, challenging environment. Players develop at different paces during their formative years and the GPS International Academy is able to offer the support, expertise and guidance for them to fully achieve their maximum potential.
GPS Soccer Academy gives talented students opportunities to play in high-level competitive matches and based on the ability to play against high-level teams and participate in trials at top-level clubs, along with pro training sessions & coaching. GPS chose to partner with Portsmouth College as they offer the highest quality facilities and allow us to replicate the environment that students would have at professional football clubs as well as giving our students the best possible start in their sporting life
With only 20 spaces on offer each year please enquire now to secure your space
Football League Access
International Soccer Academy players at Portsmouth will have the opportunity to play domestic Football for the following clubs; Portsmouth Women F.C, Southampton Women F.C, Chichester Ladies F.C, and Lewes F.C.
●Lewes Women FC Tier 2, Women’s Championship: Train and play at The Dripping Pan.
●Portsmouth FC playing Tier 3, National Women’s Premier South: Train at Fuze Lane, play at PMC Stadium.
●Chichester City Women FC Tier 3, National Women’s Premier South: Train at Milton Cross School (Portsmouth), play at Oaklands Park ground.
●Southampton Women FC Tier 4: Train at Staplewood training ground, play at AFC Totton
Where is the training facility and what does the site consist of?
Academy is based at Portsmouth College and The University of Portsmouth. This world-class facility provides an unmatched environment for learning and soccer training – both in terms of the quality of its equipment and facilities, and as a teaching base for our students. Portsmouth College has their own GOALS soccer hub, located on site, which consists of full access to 10 x 4G turf pitches. The University of Portsmouth has also recently built a brand new 4G turf pitch to go alongside their current grass fields and AstroTurf training pitches, also all located on-site.
These, along with the Portsmouth College facilities, including a modern fitness center, will be used for soccer training purposes. These pitches ensure our students have the best opportunity to train, play and reach their true potential on world class surfaces
Who will be coaching the program?
The GPS Soccer Academy coaching is headed up by Shannon Sievwright. Shannon is a UEFA certified coach. Shannon is a Portsmouth College Alumni and a University of Chichester Graduate with a 1st Class Honors Degree in Sport Development and Coaching. Shannon currently plays for Southampton Women FC, and has experience playing at other high-level clubs
What course will I study whilst at the academy?
Students will be enrolled on one of the following courses at Portsmouth College: BTEC Level 3 Sport: Elite Football and Physical Activity. Units such as Sports Psychology will help you prepare for matches as well as understand how your temperament may change during a match. The Sports Nutrition unit will give you an insight as to how you can prepare your body through your diet, and the Anatomy and Physiology unit will underpin your knowledge in areas such as weight training, biomechanics and dealing with injuries.
Level 3 Advanced Leadership. For those that wish to take a more vocational study program this course is made up of a range of qualifications aimed at helping students bridge the gap between college and jobs working with young people in a sport-based setting.
We believe our qualifications offer a unique learning experience which creates many opportunities for further progression in the sports sector.
Studying in the UK
In order for our US players to study in the UK, they will be required to obtain a Tier 4 student visa. Portsmouth College will provide full support for each student through this process.
Each Academy student will be placed within a host family setting for the duration of their program. This provides international students with the opportunity to be fully immersed in U.K culture and provides them a home away from home that provides comfort and security. All home-stays are located within walking distance from the College
What else will the International Soccer Academy offer to ensure a professional experience?
To succeed in soccer, details matter – GPS knows this, as a highly professional youth soccer organization partnered with Global Premier Management. Everything within the four main pillars of the game (Technical, tactical, physical and psychological) will be scrutinized to ensure this is the most rewarding professional experience for the Student /Athlete.
What exit options will there be?
Many international players who travel to the UK come with the intention of playing at the highest level. We are here to assist players in this process. We cannot guarantee contracts with professional clubs, however, we do give numerous opportunities to be noticed by high-level clubs. International players will also be notified of trial events they can attend in the UK or elsewhere in Europe. Outside of this, we can offer routes into non-league football here in the UK.
Can you provide assistance in getting placed back in the US?
Yes, any International players who are keen on a US scholarship will be assisted while attending our Academy with their SAT preparation, video package and NCAA/NAIA eligibility. Global Premier Scholarship is the world’s leading soccer scholarship provider. Having placed student athletes in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA programs they provide a full service from start to finish
Does the Academy pick players up from the airport on arrival?
Yes, the Academy staff will pick up players and bring them to and from London Heathrow. The academy staff will then then bring you to Portsmouth. Should you fly into another London airport such as London Gatwick, London Stansted, London Luton, London City there may be a $100 charge for a taxi fare.
What are the next steps?
All soccer Academy players will be required to submit video footage so that this can be shared with the community clubs prior to their arrival. This will allow for players to be placed within teams accordingly.
●Player to commit by May 30th (deposit to be made by June 5th)
●Visa Timeline: - Tier 4 student visa process: June 15th - College Interview and visa process to take place throughout June
●Confirmation of Homestay: June 30th
●Pre-Season Start Date: August 10th
●College Enrollment: August 31st
Costs and duration
One Year course: 10 August 2020 – 30 May 2021:
Cost - $42,500.00*
Deposit - $7,500.00 (the remainder is to be paid in 10 monthly installments)
Two weeks Christmas Break
Program Fees Include:
● Full-board accommodation at the Academy.
● Daily training sessions with UEFA licensed coaches.
● BTEC Level 3 / Level 3 Advanced Course Enrollment
● Full access to the facilities at the Academy which include the gym and pitches
● Strength and Conditioning program designed by the Sports Performance Department at GPS.
● Domestic training and match opportunities with high-level regional clubs.
● Transportation within the country to games, training sessions and cultural trips.
● Football coaching qualification with the English Football Federations.
● Adidas pro training and match-day kit package.
● Cultural trips at various points throughout the year.