Chris Donoghue | Head of Nike Teamwear

“The EDSV Academy is a valued partner of Nike and someone we have developed a special relationship with.

In recent months, we have invited The EDSV Academy to events at both St. Georges’ Pak & Wembley stadium, and I must say the professionalism they have shown has really impressed us.

At Nike we are obviously conscientious of whom we work with ant The EDSV Academy is certainly one that we support fully. Their attention to detail, the way they brand and market their company, their experience their players seem to gain and the fact they consistently portray a positive impression towards the Nike branding gains out backing and we are proud to be a part of their journey.”

Britt Asombalonga | Nottingham Forest

“When I visited The EDSV Academy I was shocked to see the standard of professionalism provided to the boys. I’ve got to say, for boys that aren’t already at a professional club; it’s definitely the closest setup to it, and not ran any differently than what you would get at a club.

From the facilities on offer, quality of coaching, expectations set, standards on and off the field, you couldn’t get any better from what I’ve seen. For boys who are looking for the opportunity to develop, progress and succeed not only in their footballing careers but also study their chosen subject at the same time, then I would strongly recommend The EDSV Academy and Oaklands College to them.

I look forward to my next visit and hopefully becoming more involved with the Academy.”

Fran Kirby | Chelsea Ladies & England

“I recently did a Q&A session with the Academy and I have to say I was really impressed to say the least.

From talking to the girls it was clear to see that they all thoroughly enjoy the courses and training they receive. I must say, I actually found that what they were offered is extremely similar to what you’d get in a professional set up.

It was really exciting to see a Ladies Academy provide the level of professionalism that is on offer here, with first class facilities not only on the training pitch, but also to the gym and changing areas.

Being in a setup where you have weekly video analysis sessions to breakdown your games as well weekly psychology sessions really does go above and beyond what I would have ever imagined.

I really enjoyed meeting such a driven group of girls and I look forward to visiting in the near future!”

 Tom Pett | Stevenage Borough FC

I recently visited The EDSV Academy and it was refreshing to see such a well-run programme.

I was a part of a college education programme myself so I understand the mind of the boys and girls involved and what its like to be a late developer; however I never got the level of training that is offered here. All the coaches are positive and professional and the whole set up was really impressive. One I’d recommend to others certainly!”



Alex Williams | Ex-EDSV Academy Captain

“I didn’t just see EDSV as playing for a team, I saw it as an opportunity. I’ve now been at EDSV academy for 3 years And I’ve enjoyed every minute.

So many doors can be opened, you just have to work hard and prove yourself.

At the academy everyone plays for each other, not themselves. We all have a strong relationship and bond with one another- just like one big family!

We lose together and we win together. As an academy both boys and girl we live by one saying- “Work hard and stay humble“. Every match day its the first thing each of us see walking into the changing rooms. It motivates us for success…And successful is what we are, and what we will continue to be.”

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