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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 boys and girls with an exceptional talent for football or 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 can apply.

Application Information

Year 6 students are only eligible to apply for the Elite Sports Programme after they have been offered a place at Northampton Academy.

  • To apply for the Elite Sports Programme, please submit our Online Application Form >>>.
  • Application close on Monday 25th April at 5.00 pm.
  • Successful applicants will be invited to take part in our Elite Sports trials during May.

The Elite Netball programme will be open to girls who have been offered a Year 7 place for September 2022, and the Football Programme will be open to both girls and boys.

This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for our students and is unique among schools within the surrounding area.

If you have any queries please direct them to our Head of Elite Sports, Mr Simon Hollyhead, s.hollyhead@northampton-academy.org

  • Wednesday 16th March : Year 9 v NSG away, 13:30 start
  • Wednesday 16th March : Year 10 v NSG away, 16:30 start
  • Thursday 17th March : Year 8 v NSG home, 14:45 start
  • Thursday 17th March : Year 7 v NSG home, 15:40 start
  • Wednesday 23rd March : Year 9 v Duston home, 15:30 start
  •  Wednesday 23rd March : Year 10 v Duston home, 16:15 start
  • Thursday 31st March : Year 8 v Duston home, 15:30 start
  • Thursday 17th March : Year 8 v Abbeyfield home, 15:30 ko
  • Monday 21st March : Year 7 v Abbeyfield home, 15:30ko
  • Thursday 24th March : Year 7 County Cup Final v Sponne, 16:00ko - Moulton FC
  • Monday 28th March : Year 9 v Wootton Park home, 15:30ko
  • Wednesday 30th March : Year 8 v Duston away, 15:30 ko
  • Thursday 31st March : Year 8/9 combined v Sheffield Springs (touring), 15:00 ko

Latest Updates

Since Christmas, we have been delighted with the continued individual development of each and every one of our young football and netball athletes, across all 7 squads.

We are equally excited by the growth of our new pathways for our aspiring pupils in Football (Leicester City, Aston Villa, Birmingham City) and in Netball (Northants Storm).  For example, after Easter - Kelly Washington, the Head Coach for Northants Storm will be leading the weeks’ training, for all year groups, which is a tremendous opportunity to showcase their ability and learn from another top-level coach.

On the court, all four of our Elite Netball teams have continued to excel in their league programme, with some outstanding individual and team performances.  All four teams (Year 7 -10) are all well placed to finish in the top two of their leagues. The highlights have also been the Year 8 and Year 10 girls winning the County Plate events (at KBA) and advancing to the County Cup play-offs.

On the football pitch, our Year 8 & 9 teams have trained very well and their desire to improve as individual players and people has been a joy to part of, as the real skill of someone is to be an outstanding character.  Meanwhile, the Year 7 14 man-squad reached the County Cup final with an incredible win at NSB in the semi-final and are very well placed in their league programme with three to play, having won all their games so far.

Notably, the coaches who work with our athletes at Northampton Academy and in their respective representative training squads/matches have all been delighted with their character, attitude and intensity. 

Following an intense period of 12-weeks of training and matches, the Easter break gave all the 85 athletes and coaches the opportunity to reflect and recharge. This is an integral part of any successful learning and progression going forwards, whilst preparing for the remaining part of the 2021-2022 Programme.

For all the latest news updates click here: https://www.northampton-academy.org/news/elite-sports-news

Two special guests joined us during the last term - 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 >>>

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