Arsenal Football Development
at Exsportise Summer Schools
Arsenal Football Development (formerly known as Arsenal Soccer Schools) aim to encourage students to ‘Play the Arsenal Way’. An unforgettable Arsenal camp experience for boys from 9 to 17 years old and for girls from 10 to 16 years old is awaiting for you at 4 great sites near London and in Southern England. Arsenal Football Development has designed a philosophy and training programme that recreates the experiences of the Arsenal Academy players. Please note that there are boys only training sessions and coed training sessions available where boys and girls will train together but there are no girls only training sessions available.
- Clayesmore School: 9 – 14 years old boys
- Seaford College: 10 – 16 years old boys and girls (boys only or coed training sessions)
- Worth School: 10 – 16 years old boys
- Oundle School: 11 – 17 years old boys
- Residential Camp soccer sessions only
- English classes option available
Arsenal Football Development program focuses on a wide range of skills, drills, and tactics. The aim of the Exsportise Arsenal Football Development is to challenge the techniques and skills essential to a player’s development. These skills are fundamental to the Arsenal philosophy and are those which Arsenal FC use to play their attractive style of football.
- Soccer only Program is available which features 6 hours per day of soccer training but it is recommended only for boys at least 12 years old due to the level / physical requirements and intensity of the programs.
- Soccer and English sessions are also available, as an option, it combines 3 hours per day of both soccer training and English language classes.
Campers will be put into training groups based on age and ability at the start of the week. For advanced and experienced players, the camp offers a more intense and advanced level of coaching which may include video analysis as well as sessions on nutritional advice, injury prevention, and fitness. All of the activities and coaching are conducted in English and the multinational environment means that campers will primarily communicate in English throughout their stay.
Although there are no girls only sessions available, there are coed sessions available for certain dates at the Seaford site where boys and girls will train together.
Goalkeeper training is also available during the camp for both boys and girls. The goalkeeper training option consists of a half day of goalkeeper training daily during the week.
COVID-19 protocols in place at each camp location during the summer:
Arsenal Football DevelopmentArsenal Football Club is one of the leading forces in European soccer with 13 leagues titles and 12 FA Cup crowns. Arsenal Football Development (formerly known as Arsenal Soccer Schools) have been running since 1985 and offers players of all abilities the opportunity to learn soccer and ‘Play the Arsenal Way’. The coaching program focuses on technical and tactical player development. Small sided games are played under high intensity conditions to improve passing, speed of movement, technique, and game understanding. Participants staying for two weeks will visit Arsenal Emirates Stadium in London (the home of Arsenal FC) during the weekend between the two sessions. (Note: in some exceptional circumstances, England soccer clubs close their stadia in the summer months with very little notice and therefore exact destinations and availability may need to change without prior warning). Outside soccer practices, participants will mix with other children participating at other sports camps on site for other activities and meals.
Message from Arsenal Football Club, Football Development Lead Coach Simon McManus:
“Our Arsenal Football Development Programmes, delivered in partnership with Exsportise Summer Schools, are the perfect experience for young, aspiring footballers who want to learn what it takes to be an Arsenal Player.
Our ethos at Arsenal FC focuses on developing the person first and then the player. We mirror this ethos also in our language programmes. These provide opportunities to learn language and other skills that will be useful in everyday life, whilst developing the child’s footballing abilities; and an understanding of what it means to be an academy player at Arsenal.
Off the field there are a series of workshops that develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be a professional footballer. Our workshops include the latest advice on nutrition, injury prevention, tactical analysis and sport psychology for optimising performance.
Our coaches replicate a training week that our academy players go through in the season using the same topics, learning outcomes and coaching styles that have been successful in developing some of the best young talent in the world. Leah Williamson has been with our girl’s Player Development Performance (PDP) programme since the age of nine and now represents Arsenal WFC and the England Lionesses. Additionally, we currently have seven academy graduates in our men’s first team squad, led by Bukayo Saka’s emergence as one of the Premier League’s most promising young talents.
We tailor the loading, intensity and complexity of the sessions to the individual needs of the players on our camp in order to prioritize their enjoyment and well-being. Training history is one of the key factors when determining the appropriate intensity in a session and we are constantly mindful of limiting injury risk.
Our coaches are trained to observe, identify and coach players individually within a group setting, ensuring each player receives the attention they deserve. We mix boys and girls together to provide a competitive element to every session as well as positive, new social challenges.”
Optional: English Classes as a Second Language
In addition to the Arsenal Football Development program, the camp also offers the opportunity to combine soccer coaching with English tuition (Optional) through through their partnership with Exsportise. As one of the leading providers of sports and English language camps in the UK, Exsportise has 30+ years of experience in running residential sports camps and offers a unique approach to combining sport with English language. Campers will receive three hours of English tuition each week day with small class sizes averaging 10 students per class. Students will need at least one year of English tuition before joining the language course.
Arsenal Football Development in exclusive partnership with Exsportise Summer Schools in the UK