Top Football Academies in the UK

Football is the most popular sport in the world and UK is no different which is no surprise since this is the birthplace of that beautiful game that has gone on to become the most loved game on the whole planet. But like any other sport, football requires nurturing and for this to happen, football academies have been set up to identify talents while they are still young. Some of the top youth football academies in the UK include:

AFC Bournemouth

Despite their senior side spending years in the lower leagues, AFC Bournemouth has for long been a cradle for exciting new talent who have ended up being snatched by the bigger clubs in the premier leagues. Danny Ings and Sam Vokes are some of the products of the academy.

Hull Tigers

Another minnow who have for long been responsible for developing some very good talents. Talented players like Dean Windass and Clayton Donaldson were former members of the academy and have gone on to impress at the senior level.

Westham United Academy

Perhaps the most successful when you consider the big names that passed through its gates on their way to stardom. English greats like Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, and Rio Ferdinand have all passed through the academy as well as Glen Johnson, Joe Cole, Jermaine Defore, Mark Noble and the current wonder kid Reece Oxford.

West Bromwich Albion Academy

Another Academy with an impressive history and a host of big names that were nurtured there. The current crop of good players still plying their trade for the senior club includes Saido Berahino, Sam Field, and Jonathan Leko.

Liverpool FC Academy

Some of the greatest English stars have passed through the Liverpool academy and some notable names include Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Carragher, Michael Owen, Steve McMannan and Raheem Sterling. Another potential crop of future stars are being slowly nurtured at the club and will blow in a few years.