Some of Nigeria’s greatest and most successful footballers were products of a football academy – including the likes of Peter Osaze Odemwingie, John Obi Mikel, Solomon Okoronkwo, Elderson Echiejile, Isaac Promise, and so on.
Nevertheless, while there are different football academies in Nigeria, not all can be recommended. Actually, it is important to start with admonishing youngsters to avoid football academies that will only waste their time or try to exploit them. Hence, I will explain how you can join a football academy in Nigeria by focusing on Pepsi football academy.
This football academy has been around for many years now, and it has a superb reputation. It has helped refine the football skills of many youngsters, and many successful footballers of today passed through the academy where their talent was well enhanced. They currently have more than 3000 registered students, fifty-four coaches, as well as 13 training centres across Nigeria. They admit both young boys and girls between the ages of 5 to 16 years.
How Can I Join Football Academy In Nigeria?
- Go to the training centre of the football academy you are interested in
- Introduce yourself to their coaches
- Do Assessment of your football skills and attributes
- Application and Registration form to Apply
If you are interested in joining, you are to first go to any of their training centre and introduce yourself to their coaches, and they will make an assessment of your football skills and attributes. If you impress them, they will give you an Application and Registration form, which you are allowed to take home and fill.
During registration (after you are deemed eligible), you will return with your parents, and also submit the forms with other required documents. Once the application has been accepted, you then proceed to pay the necessary fees at the bank.
Here are the documents to be submitted along with the forms:
- Your birth certificate (both the original and photocopy)
- Three passport photographs of yours, as well as one passport photograph of one of your parents.
- Photocopies of your school results.
- Your medical reports/history.
Here are their different training centres:
Lagos Training Centre Address:
Physical Address: Cocoa Industries Field, Off Akilo Road, Ogba
Contact Details: 08023108335, 08023543676
Orile-Imo Training Centre
Physical Address: The Football College Km 4, Sagamu/Abeokuta Expressway
Contact Details: 08023108335, 08032451880
Sagamu Training Centre
Physical Address: AUD Primary School, Opposite Awolowo Market Makun
Contact Details: 08034092523
Ibadan Training Centre
Physical Address: Olubadan Stadium Iyaganku
Contact Details: 08034657553
Ilorin Training Centre
Physical Address: Kwara State Stadium Complex
Contact Details: 08032083789
Aba Training Centre
Physical Address: Enyimba Int’l FC Stadium
Contact Details: 08035451812
Enugu Training Centre
Physical Address: Rangers Stadium Nkpokiti Street, Independence Layout
Contact Details: 08037127050
Owerri Training Centre
Physical Address: Dan Anyiam Stadium Imo State Sports Council
Contact Details: 08034347538
Benin Training Centre
Physical Address: Western Boys High School Ikpoba Hill
Contact Details: 08038183097
Abuja Training Centre
Physical Address: Government Senior Secondary School Tundunwada Zone Four
Contact Details: 08023266411
Kaduna Training Centre
Physical Address: Murtala Mohammed Square Independence Way, Opposite the Hamdala Hotel
Contact Details: 08025940317
Jos Training Centre
Physical Address: Methodist Primary School
Contact Details: 07093144959
Kano Training Centre
Physical Address: Rumfa College, Along Buk Road, PMB 3079
Contact Details: 08036511010
It should be noted that all their training centres basically train on Saturday mornings.
From age 5 to 14:
- Registration: 1,000 Naira
- Quarterly fees: 2,000 Naira
- c Training uniform: 2,000 Naira
- Identity card: 500 Naira
- e Training bag: 500 Naira
- Total fee: 6,000 Naira
From Age 15 and above
- Registration: 3,000 Naira
- Quarterly fees: 3,000 Naira
- Training uniform: 3,000 Naira
- Identity card: 500 Naira
- Training bag: 500 Naira
- Maintenance fee: 2,000 Naira
Total fee: 12,000 Naira