If you are after academic excellence and a range of good sports, then you have lots of choice with a huge number of schools to pick from. However, if you want a school which specialises in football, the choices become far more restricted.
The facts are that at most top private schools, where there are the best facilities and opportunities, football is not the major sport. Many schools typically specialise in Rugby for the first term, have hockey / football in the Spring term and play cricket and athletics in the Summer term. This will give students the chance to experience many different sports but in terms of specialist football development, our experience tells us that with so little time being coached soccer, players will struggle to progress to the high levels needed.
The serious footballer needs a specialist football school or University environment which is geared towards football progression and mirrors a pro club academy experience as closely as possible. It needs to be played for at least two terms, be one of the top footballing schools in the country, have expert coaches, an excellent, competitive fixture list and provide potential progression pathways into professional football clubs. This is what our list of carefully selected schools provides in conjunction with academic excellence to fall back on.
So, do not be fooled - if your child is serious about football, you need a school which specialises in football and plays it for more than just 1 term.