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Elite Sports

“A unique programme that allows students the privilege to access specialist coaching that they wouldn’t experience in mainstream provision; underpinned by the development of Character and Excellence in Sport.”

Northampton Academy Elite Sports Programme offers students with an exceptional talent for football and girls with a talent for netball a unique opportunity to develop their ability with a holistic approach, in conjunction with their mainstream curriculum. 

The programme is currently open to students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Each athlete has a specially adapted timetable that includes extra training sessions before, during and after their typical school day at specific times of the week.


The 2022/2023 Exclusive Programme Offers Students:

  • Football or netball coaching from highly experienced and qualified external coaches, alongside current staff
  • Individual Player Development Programmes
  • Extra timetabled football or netball training sessions during the school day
  • Strength and conditioning sessions before school
  • A direct pathway to Football Clubs – Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Derby County, Leicester City, Northampton Town and Netball Club - Northants Storm
  • Opportunities to represent Northampton Academy as a squad in County and National competitions

Only students who have secured a place at Northampton Academy for the academic year of 2022/23 are eligible.

Fixtures and Updates

Our 2022-23 Elite Sports Programme continues to grow. The 4-week trial process in September saw the attendance of 228 young athletes: 73 for netball and 155 for football. As a result of our assessment protocols and squad balances, across Years 7, 8, 9 and 10, we have taken; 51 for netball and 60 for football.

The coaching staff have been delighted with the attitude and intensity in the training sessions, with an Elite culture developing amongst the current 111 athletes in the Elite Sport Squads for Netball and Football.  Building on the last three years of the programme, we have also continued to strengthen the pathways for our aspiring pupils in Netball (Northants Storm) and in Football (Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Derby County, Kettering, Northampton Town). 

On the netball court, our Year 8, 9 and 10 Elite Netball teams have made 100% starts by winning all their matches to date in their County League games, whilst Year 7 have made excellent progress in their team development.  In November, Year 9 finished a highly impressive 4th place in the County play-offs at Oundle.

On the football pitches, we have seen some excellent performances across all year groups during the ten matches for our Elite footballers, with games in the Northants County League games re-starting in January. Also, the Year 7 and Year 8 teams have home ties in the County Cup quarter-finals to look forward to. 

We are really looking forward to seeing the continued development of all our young players in school and in their chosen sport in the new year.

During March we welcome Ethan Waller (Prop) Northampton Saints, and Mo Bobat ECB Performance Director to the Academy to speak to our Elite Sports students.

We were joined by Manisha Tailor at our Elite Sport Parents’ Evening in November.  It was inspirational to learn about her journey as Manisha is a trailblazer and currently the Assistant Head of Coaching at QPR, making her the first female and first person of South Asian heritage to hold such a role in the English game. Also, Mr Clyne kindly gave up his time and shared what Sport had taught him and the invaluable life lessons he had been taught during his career. They both reinforced the importance of Character development and how technical talent may get you an opportunity, however, the real skill is managing your own behaviour and displaying the core values of Respect, Determination, Ambition, Tolerance and Integrity.

Manisha Tailor News Article Here >>>


Premier League Referee André Marriner visited in person, and students enjoyed a virtual session with England Manager Gareth Southgate in October. They both reinforced the importance of Character and how technical talent may get you an opportunity, but the real skill is managing your behaviour and displaying the core values of Respect, Determination and Ambition. We are looking forward to seeing the continued development of all our young players in school and their chosen sport in the New Year.

André Marriner Visit - news article here >>>

After Easter (whilst the training sessions will continue in Term 5), the focus will switch to Career Aspirations, rather than fixtures.

  • Tuesday 18th April, period 5 – Year 9 boys careers meeting
  • Wednesday 19th April, period 5 – Year 8 Boys & Girls careers workshop
  • Thursday 20th April, period 5 – Year 7 Boys & Girls careers workshop
  • Tuesday 25th April, period 5 – Year 9 Girls careers meeting
  • Year 10 will be having individual 1:1 careers meetings on Tuesdays, period 6 starting w/c 1 May.

We have two trips planned to see Sports Science facilities etc:

  • Monday 24th April, 09:00 – 11:30 – Year 10 trip to University of Northampton.
  • Tuesday 9th May, 09:00 – 15:00 – Year 9 & 10 trip to Loughborough Univesity.

Ofsted Investors in People School Sport Partnership


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