The International Football Academy runs as a fully integrated programme within an educational pathway and is led by the College’s Head of Football, Darren Eadie, former Norwich City and Leicester City midfielder and renowned goal scorer.
Student athletes have access to five hours of training per week, plus Sports Scholarship support in terms of match analysis, Strength and Conditioning, one-to-one mentoring and fixtures.
The Academy accepts students from Year 7 to Sixth Form entry. Academicians compete in the Independent Schools League and England Colleges Football Association competitions where appropriate.
The Academy caters for student athletes of varying levels of ability and the programme focuses on talent identification and development.
Mr Eadie and his team offer a professional programme to make the players the very best footballers they can be whilst receiving a first class education.
He said, ‘They have the opportunity to progress into the professional game pathway through my numerous contacts from the top of the Premier League to non-league and everything in between. My team has already seen regular schoolchildren progress into professional clubs following development in our environment. I am determined to make St Joseph’s College the best provider in the country outside of professional football.’
St Joseph’s College has also partnered with Ipswich Town FC to educate the club’s U18 Academy Scholars. The young Blues attend the school on day release, receiving a tailored Sixth Form educational programme through their scholarship at the club.
Director of Sport, Mr O’Riordan, said the presence of the Football Academy and of the Ipswich Town players raised ambition across the school community and underscored the College’s commitment to four Performance Sports – Rugby, Football, Netball and Cricket.