Academies across the country are striving to produce the next generation of footballers, and the country’s capital is no exception. Young footballers head to different parts of London for the chance to impress.

Academies differ in terms of teams and jersey colours, but they all share one common interest - they want to make the future stars mature individuals who can be examples on and off the field. Here is how some programs are developing youngsters.

Cre8tive Football Academy

Cre8tive Football Academy was formed in 2016. Its founder, Aaron Samuel, played for Arsenal’s academy and has worked for several Premier League coaches, including former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. He now works to develop young footballers into model players, as well as to improve their footballing personalities.

Cre8tive is based in West London. It provides a stable structure and training for its participants as they work towards the goal of playing football for a professional team. Those who wish to register can apply on Cre8tive’s Facebook or Instagram.

Kinetic Foundation

Kinetic Foundation uses sports to help young people reach their athletic potential. It is an academy for 5-18 year-olds that may be suffering from deprivation or other social struggles. The ultimate goal is to turn its members into “independent, mature and responsible individuals.”

The foundation offers training and education programs for different age groups, and it encourages the public to volunteer and to donate in order to support its mission. Parents of its students also get involved and give the program positive reviews.

Some players have turned professional, with 41 players signing contracts over the last eight seasons. A handful of players have been offered scholarships to play in the United States as a result of Kinetic’s work.

XYZ Academy

XYZ Academy looks for the best young players in London to play for its team, offering them a chance to show their worth to the scouts.

The academy has had the chance to play against the likes of Sheffield United and Colchester United’s youth teams, and the results have been worthwhile for some players. Striker Hamid Ishola has recently signed a contract with Peterborough United, and Mustapha Olagunju has joined Huddersfield Town.

The academy tours around the U.K. during the 2020/21 season and is still accepting new applications.

Onside Academy

Onside Academy says that it produces academy and professional football players 365 days a year, and it gets backing from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Onside uses a YouTube channel to showcase its players, whose ages range from 16 to 23. Viewers can see the progress of certain individuals and their stories, as well as game highlights.

SEDA Management

Madalisto Mkoloma has been in charge of Seda Management for 20 months. Mkoloma, a UEFA B license coach, owns the project and uses it to help young players on their paths to becoming professionals.

SEDA has a high success rate in players signings deals, and some have signed for big-name teams. Benicio Baker was one such player to join a well-known club after he signed a deal with Portuguese giants Porto. Former Rising Ballers FC winger Zaid Al-Hussaini spent time with SEDA, and he has since joined Crawley Town.