International Football Academy, Bearwood, Wokingham, Berkshire


The world is a competitive place and each year young adults have to fight harder for limited opportunities in organisations looking to recruit the finest talent. The sporting arena is no different! To ensure your child has every chance of succeeding on this global stage, VLUK in partnership with Pro-Direct Soccer Academy are proud to present a unique opportunity for young, talented and aspiring professional footballers from around the world to come and study, hone their skills and eventually play in the UK through their participation in one of our 12 week, 24 week, 1, 2 or 3 year programmes.

Moving to a new country can be daunting enough. To ensure that your child is comfortable with their surroundings and prone to minimal disruption, we’ve centrally housed the International Football Academy at the headquarters of the Pro-Direct Soccer Academy, which itself is conveniently located on the Bearwood College Campus in Berkshire, England. Besides having the convenience of the scholastic and sporting facilities housed in one place, this location also provides fast access to London and the South East, with excellent links to the South coast and further outlying regions of the UK.

Since the introduction of the professional era, sport has been a catalyst to launch the international careers of many talented individuals the world over. Out of many, the one sport that leads the way is the beautiful game of football, in that it continues to open doors for young adults of all nationalities, colours and creeds. At Virtual Learning UK your child will have access to the best coaches and facilities at our disposal. Handpicked, these mentors have the skills and expertise to nurture young talent, teaching them the sporting and life skills necessary to build and sustain a lucrative career as a professional footballer.

Reap the benefits of an educational experience unlike any other

Our staff are experts in Sport and Physical Education, many of whom have played professional sport to the highest level. Of course we realise that all students are individuals, so we tailor the courses by providing a wide variety of sports and non-sports courses. In doing so we’re able to offer players the opportunity to personalise their learning pathways.

Each player on the International Football Academy will be accommodated at Bearwood College in modern and comfortable boarding houses that provide players with the opportunity to stay alongside team mates in either single or shared rooms. Each room has access to Wi-Fi along with its own private bathroom and toilet facilities.

Each player will have access to The College’s historic dining hall for all of their meals. The wide selection of freshly prepared meals and snacks are created each day by the school chef and their dedicated kitchen staff. With the help of expert nutritionists, they ensure that your child’s meal times and diet are expertly put together and coordinated to ensure that they are well fuelled to perform on match days.

Study at the International Football Academy

As the United Kingdom is an English speaking country and with English being the predominant language of business the world over, we place a high premium on developing each student’s English speaking and writing skills. Through experience we have found that this has been known to stand them in good stead when it comes to opening doors for employment once the programme is complete.

We do this by running our education courses on a tried and trusted bespoke Virtual Learning Platform called ‘The Sport Brain’. As an advanced system, ‘The Sport Brain’ provides 24 hour-a-day electronic access to course material that can be translated into other languages. That way the programme enables students whose first language is not English to get to grips with key subject material. It is anticipated that all learners will spend 12-15 hours per week in the classroom understanding theoretical knowledge which will bolster their chances of success at the end of the programme

All learners will have the opportunity to be schooled in a selection of courses that include:

  • Level 2 BTEC First Diploma in Sport
  • Level 3 BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
  • Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Sport
  • Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport
  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma
  • NVQ Level 2 Activity Leadership
  • NVQ Level 3 Sports Development
  • Level 1 Functional Skills
  • Level 2 Functional Skills
  • National Governing Body coaching qualifications in various sports
  • English speaking classes
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Theory is one thing, putting that newly learned into practice is quite something else. There can be no substitute for on the job training, so The Youth Premier League will provide each player with the opportunity to play against high level opposition each week.

Cost of the programme

We encourage all potential recruits to contact us to discuss their individual requirements. Only then can we accurately produce a tailor made quotation for the programme that is right for you and your aspiring footballer.

The International Football Academy requires a 10 % deposit on successful enrolment onto the course. This will normally be a minimum of 4-6 weeks before the course begins. This allows the international staff the opportunity to purchase kit, boots and other items that meet your specifications, as well as ensure that the appropriate learning courses and living spaces are set up ready for your arrival in September.

The balance is due termly in advance, in three equal installments of 30% on September 1st, January 1st and April 1st.

For example, an annual fee of £ 30,000, would be payable as follows:

£ 3,000 on enrolment
£ 9,000 on 1st September
£ 9,000 on 1st January
£ 9,000 on 1st April