IDA UK Player Experiences

Experience Full-Time Academy Life with IDA


IDA UK Player Experiences are for more advanced players, aged 15+, who have ambitions of playing at the next level (US University and/or professionally). By integrating directly into the IDA UK Residential Academy Program, participants will train and compete at the highest level with our UEFA licensed coaches whilst experiencing the day-to-day life of a full-time IDA student-athlete in the 'Home of Football'.

IDA UK Player Experience Dates

April 2023

From $1785 Per Week
  • Dates: April 1st - 30th
  • Ages: 15-23
  • Gender: Boys & Girls

May 2023

From $1785 Per Week
  • Dates: May 1st - 31st
  • Ages: 15-23
  • Gender: Boys & Girls

Player Experience Prices

1 Week Experience - $1785

2 Week Experience - $3395

3 Week Experience - $4775

4 Week Experience - $5625

Add-Ons - Extend Your Experience!

IDA Students in Academic Classroom

ESL Courses

  • General English Language Program.
  • 15 Hours Learning per Week.
  • Assessment Prior to Level Placement
  • Topics Covered: Communication, Pronunciation, Vocabulary & Situation-Based Learning.
  • Cost: $300 per week.
IDA UK field from goalie's end

Video Analysis Package

  • Personal Video Analysis Package.
  • Highlight Compilations & Interactive Match Reports of 3 or 6 Games.
  • Online Profile & Social Media Graphics.
  • Available ONLY for Player Experiences of 2+ Weeks.
  • Cost: $450 for 3 games or $780 for 6 games.

Program Details

  • Ages 15-23
  • Accommodation and meals all inclusive
  • Airport pick up and drop off - no extra cost
  • 12-15 hours of high performance training per week
  • 1-2 matches per week (when applicable)
  • Video footage of all games
  • Player Profile Creation
  • Performance training sessions including Strength and Conditioning, video analysis, football coaching methodology, etc.
  • Nike kit package
  • US university access and college placement guidance


IDA UK players reside at Hillside Court in Reading, a village within the local student community. IDA UK houses consist of 7 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large dining and living area. Each player will have their own room, and will share a house with 6 of their teammates. Ammenities include high speed Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, table tennis and pool tables, campus gardens, and CCTV-monitored houses. Our residence is also within walking distance of Reading town center.

IDA UK's state-of-the-art training facilities boast a new 4G pitch, a 130-station gym, two swimming pools, and a spinning studio. Players will have access to these facilities through their training sessions, giving them a true outlook on what life is like as a professional academy player.

Meet The Team


Andy Hunt

  • IDA UK Academy Director
  • Semi Professional 1st Team Manager
  • Previously worked at Southampton FC
  • UEFA A license Coach
IDA UK General Manager

Ross Weatherstone

  • IDA UK General Manager
  • From Reading UK
  • Loyal, caring professional who is very positive and hard working.
  • An Ex-Professional Footballer who played for Oxford United FC, Boston United FCNuneaten Borough FC, Farnborough Town FC & Stevenage Borough FC. 
  • Winner of the National League Championship at Boston United FC
  • Degree in Education


EJ Lang

Goalkeeper (USA)

"Training at the IDA UK Academy is amazing. I have a better understanding of the match, my football IQ has gotten higher, and my distribution has gotten exceptional. 

The Academy helped me develop as a footballer, and gave me that extra push to know how much I was valued. It might be difficult to leave your family at home, but you make a whole new family here."

Laurens Ten Cate

Centreback (Netherlands)

"Being able to get on the field with coaches who are constantly pushing me and bonding with teammates off the field has been incredible. I’d really recommend it to anyone."