The UK’s first private football academy is moving to Stamford.
FootballCV Academy will be based at the Borderville Sports Complex in Ryhall Road from September. The academy, which opened in September 2007 and has been based at Steel Park in Corby since 2011, will play its home games at the new 2,000-capacity Zeeco Stadium and will train daily at Borderville, using the floodlit all-weather 3G pitch, grass training pitches and sports centre.
The academy will share the complex with Stamford AFC, which moved to Borderville in December.
More than 30 young footballers from countries such as Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Kazakhstan, India and the UK will be based in Stamford once the academy makes its move. They will be led by head coach and former Northampton Town manager Ian Sampson.
Academy managing director Graham Starmer said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have secured the Borderville Sports Complex as the new home for the FootballCV Academy.
“The facilities at Borderville are second to none, and will provide the perfect platform for our players as they look to improve their game in pursuit of a career in football.”
The academy hopes to work in partnership with Stamford AFC. Club director Guy Walton said: “On behalf of everyone at Stamford AFC I’d like to welcome FootballCV Academy to the Borderville Sports Complex.
“This is an exciting partnership for the club and the town, bringing increased revenue and footballing opportunities, and it is a partnership that we are very pleased to form.”
The academy offers players the chance to study while developing their skills.