IDA United Kingdom

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The UK


At IDA UK student-athletes (15-22 years old) from all around the world receive a professional academy football experience coupled with a specific, personalized academic program.



Intensive training and a competitive schedule, with a minimum of 12 hours per week on the field.


Full-board accommodation at 'Hillside Court,' a secure student village offering 24/7 CCTV in the heart of Reading Town Center.


Highly qualified coaching staff with years of experience in dealing with international students. 


Bi-monthly training and trial opportunities with professional and semi-professional clubs.


A wide range of courses and pathways are available at the UK campus.

Our Values

The mission of the international development academy is to become the global leader in the development and placement of players aspiring to reach their full potential at the professional or college level.


IDA staff and players will act with intelligence, respect, and compassion.


IDA staff and players will perform with their best effort and attitude, no matter how difficult the challenge. 


IDA staff and players will aim high in order to reach their goals.

"Their commitment to pushing us, to getting us to play at our highest level is because they know what it takes to get a scholarship and reach that goal. They were really involved in the whole process, both on and off the field. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Liam Gilligan

Right Back, USA, IDA UK

The Academic


Designed for student-athletes looking for an accredited school that supports their unique schedule, creates a pathway towards their personal, professional, and athletic goals, and leverages the latest technology for an on-the-go environment.




Schedule structured to the needs of the student-athlete.

Self-paced and mastery based.

NCAA Approved




Learning coaches on site and/or readily available

Direct communication with parents

Highly qualified and certified teachers

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The Athletic


At IDA student-athletes from all around the world receive a professional academy soccer experience coupled with a specific, personalized academic program.




Tactical & Technical Sessions

Physical Development Plans

Focused Individual Development Plans




The Academy will play 100+ games across 3 Teams competing in 5 leagues & 5 Cup Tournaments; through our U19s, U21s & U23s Teams, with playing pathway into Men’s 1st Teams in the English pyramid. Every student athlete has the opportunity & flexibility to play across any of the Teams as the Academy is in full control of the player development.


Big Stage


Attend the Royal Cup in August & professional showcase fixtures during the season.

"The experience has really been exceptional. It's a full development and holistically looked at - not just on the soccer field."

Mr. & Mrs. Blankendal

Parents of Isaiah Blankendal

The mission of the international development academy is to become the global leader in the development and placement of players aspiring to reach their full potential at the professional or college level.

Sample weekly


“Designed by athletes and educators, we understand your schedule, your priorities, your unique goals, and your struggles facing academics. We offer solutions, not more road-blocks. We have created a community, a flexible school schedule, and a support system unlike any other.”

- Rick Angelicola, Director of Education

Typical Day

  • 6:00-8:00

    Gym Sessions Offered

  • 8:00-9:00


  • 9:30-10:00

    Travel to Training

  • 10:00-10:30

    Injury Prevention

  • 10:30-12:30

    Tactical/Technical/Physical Training 

  • 12:00-13:00

    Travel to Campus

  • 13:00-13:30


  • 13:30-17:30


  • 13:30-17:30


  • 17:30-18:00


  • 18:00-20:00

    Analaysis, IDPs & Strength & Conditioning session

  • 20:00-21:00

    Home study

Game Days

  • Monday

  • Wednesday

  • Friday

  • Saturday


Elite Player


Our student-athletes and their parents have access to their individual 360 Player profiles. This integrated platform provides the student-athletes the access to calendars, video analytics, player assessments, wellness assessments and more!

The Academy


You can't have an elite academy without an elite coaching staff. These hand-picked staff go through a rigorous interview process to ensure they are bringing exactly what we need to our players in order to create a productive environment.

Director of Football

Andy Hunt

Andy Hunt

Head of Education

Paul Gooch

Paul Gooch

Head of Medical

Josh Hitchin

Josh Hitchin

Head of Rehabilitation

Amy Moher

Amy Moher

Goalkeeper Coach

Adam DesBois

Adam DesBois

Head of Goalkeeping

Dashun Cooper

Dashun Cooper

U23's Head Coach

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Koo Dumbuya

U21's/U19's Head Coach

Simon Marsh. JPG

Simon Marsh

General Manager


Rosco Weatherspoon

Success Stories


Mac Naggar

Cornell University

As another GAP year student, Mac's goal was to play Division I college soccer, and wanted to take the extra year to ensure he was putting his best foot forward and getting into a college where he could fulfill that dream.

Kaden Foreman

Rollins College

Kaden Foreman joined IDA for a GAP year with the goal to play college soccer. From helping with the recruiting process to fine tuning his skills - Kaden was able to utilize IDA to take the next step in his playing career.



With Our Team

Still have questions? Want to learn more? Fill out the form below to connect with an IDA representative. We look forward to hearing from you!

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