“I heard about the trials from my uncle, so i gave it a shot. I then had a couple of training sessions with the academy. I was quite shy and nervous then it became more comfortable as the coaches and players were very welcoming. I then was a given a spot in the academy which was very good, the coaches then gave me individual tasks i needed to work on in order to improve. The Sturridge Football Academy is a very good experience and this season we played against a lot of academies . One of my high lights so far was a couple of weeks in I was then invited to play for British Virgin Islands at the U17s World Cup Qualifiers in Suriname which was a pleasure to be a part of, as only being 15 at the time I was very grateful. The whole experience and being a part of this academy has added to my progress and improvement as a player which also lead to me picking up players player and managers player of the year this season.” – May 2017
“I’ve now been at this academy 2 year and I would like to update you all on my progress since my first testimonial. As you know In 2016 thought the Sturridge Football Academy I got selected for the British Virgin Islands under 17s international squad. I played in the concacaf world cup qualifiers in Surinam at age 15 since then I joined up with the full BVI international squad for training camp in Dorset in April 2018 and will be off to St. Martens at the end of July 2018 for another week camp
I have captained the Sturridge Academy run by Cleveland Clarke since the age of 16 and won players player and managers player for the season 2016/17. I made my debuted in Westfield 1st Team which is associated to the academy who currently play in what was the Ryman league in August 2017 at age 16. In October 2017 through the contacts at the academy they got me a professional trial at an EFL club and ended up very much impressing and staying 9 weeks but only for unforeseen circumstances at the club stopping me from getting a pro contract.
I completed 2 year college course with the Sturridge Academy whilst achieving all above, and now the programme has finished for me The Sturridge Football Academy are still very active in working with me to fulfil my aspersions of becoming a professional footballer as I continue to play my football at Westfield and continue been coached by the academy.
” – July 2018
“I have so much to thank the STURRIDGE FOOTBALL ACADEMY for. Before I joined the academy I was sold the pro dream by another UK company They took over £20,000 of my families money and returned nothing, which left me heartbroken and my family has torn apart as I’m just a kid from Freetown, Sierra Leon. I was welcomed from day one at the STURRIDGE FOOTBALL ACADEMY, they gave me a tracksuit, training kit, and even bought me a pair of boots when mine split and didn’t charge me anything! The staff are amazing, they really push you to the limits and focus on players needs first. I highly recommend the academy to anyone wanting to experience football in England.”
GILLANI ST. BERNARD
“My name is Gillani St. Bernard, from the little “spice island” in the Caribbean called Grenada. Growing up in a world of football, adapting to the sport was easy. In the year 2015, I linked up with well-educated scout, who recommend the STURRIDGE FOOTBALL ACADEMY located in the UK. From the first greeting at the academy, I felt very welcomed and comfortable. STURRIDGE FOOTBALL ACADEMY offers the level of training required to become “top talent” which is beneficial to the players and for the staff’s proud moments.”
“The STURRIDGE FOOTBALL ACADEMY has provided me with a platform from which to propel my footballing dreams. I live in Botswana and have always held ambitions to experience football in England. Whilst on a visit to the UK during 2015, I saw a tweet from Daniel Sturridge advertising trial dates for his Academy. Contact was made and the service I received was quick and extremely helpful. I trialed and then continued to train with the Academy for 3 weeks. During my time I was lucky enough to play against a professional English Academy and score two goals. As a result of my strong performance, I was recognized by this club’s head of recruitment which was very pleasing. THE STURRIDGE ACADEMY provided me with outstanding coaching and a service of care which I had never received prior to or since my time there”
ABOUT OUR TEAM
Established in 2014, the STURRIDGE FOOTBALL ACADEMY assists young athletes achieve their aspirations of becoming footballers. Aside from football, we believe that education plays a vital part in the development of each player, which is why we have created opportunities and pathways for players upon graduation of the course.