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FSD Academy

Highfield Rangers, Gleneagles Avenue, Leicester, LE4 7YJ

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About us

FSD Academy offers a unique mix of sport, education and life skills. You can play the sport you love whilst securing well-recognised qualifications (BTEC/NFER or Active IQ) and developing powerful life skills. Courses include advanced daily training, regular competition and interesting learning units such as; the human body, muscle groups / function, sports psychology, performance analysis, tactical awareness, sports nutrition and much more.

You will need to work hard but this environment is not like school. You will spend around 6-10 hours per week training/competing in your chosen sport and around 10 hours per week in education. Some students will study a few hours more if required to re-take Maths/English GCSE or Functional Skills.

Our courses lead to:

  • University/Apprenticeships
  • Professional or Semi-Professional Football / Sport
  • National League Futsal
  • Football / Sports Coaching
  • Fitness Instruction or Personal Training
  • Other Careers in Sport and Leisure

Student support

Our education programme is ran in partnership with SCL, one of the UK's leading independent providers of education through sports, whose vision is to positively impact the future prospects of over 1,000,000 young people. Together, SCL tutors, FSD coaches and staff, all provide a very supportive environment to students, where every individual counts. In the event of any course or personal difficulties, we are always happy to help. FSD also have a Welfare Officer and Safeguarding Lead who can be contacted where appropriate.

What makes us different?

The 'Magic Ingredient'

At FSD, coaches and tutors make time to get to know you as an individual and you will feel at home in the ‘FSD family’. The ‘magic ingredient’ that really makes FSD Academy different is our ‘life skills’ programme, which includes:

  • Guest Speakers
  • Overseas Travel
  • UK Trips
  • Social Skills
  • Manners
  • Positive Mind-Set

 Recent guest speakers have included;

  • Former professional football players
  • Professional UFC fighter
  • Current LCFC staff
  • Sergeant Major
  • And more

Recent overseas travel and UK experiences have included:

  • Marbella, Spain; an unforgettable experience including football training and competition against international academy teams.
  • Playing 11v11 at the LCFC King Power Stadium
  • Playing 11v11 at Belvoir Drive, LCFC training ground
  • Trip to Old Trafford. 

Extra opportunities such as these will be planned into your course wherever possible, alongside our on-going focus of social skills, manners and positive mind-set. All of this helps you to fully enjoy your time here, whilst becoming a better person, who will make a good first impression and a bigger impact in life.


FSD Academy main site sits conveniently on the First Leicester No.22 bus route. By departing at the Braemar Drive stop, it is only a 2 minute walk. There is also on-site car parking which students can use if they start to drive during the course.

Additional information

FSD Academy was founded in 2016 by Matthew Piper and Owen Johnson. Matthew is a former Premier League player with LCFC and Sunderland, whose career was cut short due to injury. Now a UEFA qualified coach, Matthew is in the academy daily and is passionate about passing on his knowledge and experiences to help every student progress in sport, education and as a person. In his spare time outside of FSD, he currently works for BBC Radio Leicester in the LCFC match day commentary team and evening phone in shows. He is also a Community Ambassador for LCFC which involves work with many valuable projects and events.

Owen played for LCFC Youth Academy and is a highly experienced, UEFA qualified coach. As a founder of don’, Owen has always been passionate about coaching in a way which allows individuals to improve and realise their potential.  As Head Coach at FSD, he continues to promote this philosophy and loves finding new challenges for players to help them progress; whether this means amateur, semi-professional or professional opportunities.

With extensive connections in the semi-professional and professional game, Matthew and Owen will seek trials for any players that consistently demonstrate the required ability, effort and attitude. However, the main aim of FSD Academy is that all students leave with improved performance (in the sport of their choice), enhanced education and most importantly, a better person, with exciting life opportunities!


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