The NFL has decided to move its Academy to Loughborough, England, from Barnet and Southgate College in north London. Since its establishment, the academy has offered full-time education to talented student-athletes aged 16 to 19. The academy offers professional-level coaching in American football and five players have been awarded scholarships to US universities. To be part of the NFL Academy, you need to register online now. Loughborough has a good infrastructure for training athletes.
The NFL has supported the school’s academy since it was founded in 2009. Some of its top stars include: Osi Umenyiora, a London-born Super Bowl winner, Jason Bell, the BBC’s NFL reporter, Odell Beckham Jr, the quarterback of the Kansas City Chiefs, JuJu Smith-Schuster, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiver, and the England soccer captain, Harry Kane.
The NFL Academy is a life-changing opportunity for young people, offering intensive training in the sport, guidance from full-time professional coaches, and a unique opportunity to study NCAA college football in the US. The academy also offers access to elite sports training facilities and equipment, and the athletes can take part in real NFL training with players from the league. These benefits will help students gain a competitive edge when applying for college scholarships.
The academy will continue to educate 80 college students, and hopes to increase this number through scholarships. It has also benefited Olympic gold medalist Adam Peaty and silver-medal triathlete Alex Yee. Students who have graduated from the academy include Sophie Hahn, Thomas Younger, and Steph Houghton, all of whom have gone on to achieve success. The academy also hopes to expand its US scholarship student population.
The NFL Academy will be based in Loughborough to benefit students of the region. This new location will support the academy’s “aspirational progress” – and get extra students onto American scholarships. Located in Barnet and Southgate, the academy offers full-time schooling alongside professional-level American soccer teaching. Moreover, the academy is expected to employ more than 1,000 students in the region.