Pro Football12-17 years
This intensive, professional two-week football training course is supported by Swerve Soccer and is open to international students with a football level of intermediate, advanced or professional. Students receive 12.5 hours of English and at least 17 hours of football training per week. Football training focuses on individual player development (week 1) and team player development (week 2) through technical training, workshops, masterclasses, video analysis, tutorials, and smaller and larger-sided games. Dicker centre provides an exceptional facility for this course, with access to well-maintained playing fields, artificial pitches, a multi-purpose sports hall, swimming pool, professional gym and analysis rooms, all part of a multi-million pound sports complex.
This intensive football course, delivered by industry professionals, helps students to improve their technical football skills, game technique and overall fitness levels.
Pro Football students receive at least 17 hours of football training per week including technical training, high-performance training and specialised goalkeeper training.
Week 1 focuses on individual development and includes: ball manipulation, performance training, small-sided games 1v1s, 2v2s, 3v3s and 4v4s.
Week 2 focuses on team development and includes: positional and transitional scenarios, overloads, patterns of play, tactical awareness, 9v9s and 11v11s.
Training is delivered in groups of up to 18 players according to their age (12–13 yrs, 14–15 yrs and 16–17 yrs) and technical ability. In additional to technical training, this course contains guest masterclasses, workshops, video analysis, player feedback and one-to-one tutorials.
The football training sessions include 25% native English students. This allows our international students to improve their English skills in a natural and authentic way while playing the sport they love.
Dan Harding (Head Coach)
Dan is a former England U21 International and EFL Championship player who has represented professional clubs such as Southampton, Brighton & Hove Albion, Millwall, Ipswich Town and many more. Dan joined the team in 2018 and brings a wealth of expertise and experience from the professional game to Swerve Soccer. With Dan’s connections, we are also able to offer higher playing opportunities through his extensive connections within the football sector.
Adam El-Abd (Guest Masterclass Coach)
Adam is an ex-professional player for Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol Rovers, Shrewsbury Town and Wycombe Wanderers. He has also been capped seven times at an international level for Egypt and currently plays for the League Two side Stevenage. Adam who is best known for representing current Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion will be providing a guest masterclass and Q&A during our Pro International Camp.
Sam Howes (Head Goalkeeper Coach)
Sam is a former goalkeeper for England U21 and Premier League side West Ham FC. Sam has also represented Watford and now plays at a semi-professional level. He has won honours at the Euro U17 Championships along with winning the U23 League Cup with West Ham. Sam will take his experience as a former professional and will be bringing it to our Pro International Football Camps.
James Fraser (Director)
James Fraser is an ex-professional player for Bristol Rovers FC and an ex-youth team player for Brighton & Hove Albion. James currently plays at a semi-professional level and was once crowned the ‘player of the season’ (by his league opponents), ‘Players-player’, ‘Coaches Player of the Year’ and ‘Supporters Player of the Year’ James now operates ‘Swerve Soccer’ alongside Oliver for the past ten years. He is also an advanced high-performance trainer.
Oliver Davies (Director)
Oliver is a former region representative player who currently plays at a semi-professional level. Oliver is joint-manager for one of the leading independent U18 school football teams in the country who partake in nationally recognised competitions such as the ESFA and ISFA cup. Oliver operates academy sides along the South East of England for ages 9-13 with over 400 active members partaking across his programmes.
At the end of the two-week course, students participate in a showcase match in the context of a small-sided game such as 9v9, officiated by accredited FA qualified referees for a minimum of 40 minutes.
Professional Scouts, who hunt for young football talent to audition for UK Football Clubs, will be present at the game to observe the players. If a Scout is interested in any of the players, their details will be provided to the Parents after the course.
English Skills focus on developing students' general knowledge in English and ability to communicate effectively and accurately in everyday situations and different contexts. Students will be tested, challenged, supported and stimulated.
Improve students' receptive (reading and listening) and productive (speaking and writing) English skills.
Extend students' knowledge and range of vocabulary.
Deepen students' understanding of grammatical concepts in English.
Build students' confidence to use the English they know in speaking situations.
Improve students' pronunciation.
Train students to be effective learners.
A full programme of organised and supervised social events is offered every evening to encourage students to make new friends and develop their social skills. By actively encouraging the mixing of nationalities, we are helping to create a harmonious international community in which students can live, study in a safe and comfortable environment and enjoy themselves.
Promote students' relaxation and enjoyment.
Explore some typically English social events, games and activities.
Nurture social skills in an environment of different cultural traditions.
Use English in natural real-life speaking situations.
Forge new friendships.
Bede’s Got Talent, Disco, House Competitions, Fashion Show, Formal Dinner & Dance, Karaoke, Messy Games, Music Quiz, Musical Workshop, Pool Party, Soft Ball Sports, Tennis, Tournaments.
SATURDAY EXCURSION SCHEDULE
Excursions are a mandatory part of the programme. We offer students the opportunity to visit places of cultural and historical interest, as well as the chance for sightseeing, shopping and amusement.
Deepen students' cultural experiences.
Create opportunities for interaction with the real world in fun, relaxed and genuinely interesting ways.
Enhance their knowledge of England and the UK.
Wednesday trips are a half-day afternoon/evening visit and will involve a visit to a Premier League Stadium followed by an activity such as Footgolf. After the activity been completed you will head into a local town/city such as Brighton to visit the local attractions.
Saturday excursions are a full day trip and include a cultural, touristic or recreational visit to London or another place of interest such as British Museum, Buckingham Palace, London Dungeon, London Eye, London Zoo, Madame Tussauds, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Thorpe Park, Tower of London, Westminster Abbey.
An alternative sightseeing tour of London will be available every Saturday.
Sunday excursions are often more relaxing trips to a local seaside town, such as Brighton, Chichester, Eastbourne, Hastings or Worthing, where students can stroll along the beach, have lunch in the park or do some shopping. Sometimes students will partake in off-site activities.
Dates & Fees
This intensive 2-week Football and English course runs from 5 to 18 July 2020 only. Students must do both weeks of the course and have a football level of intermediate, advanced or professional.
The fully inclusive course fee is £1,550 per week. This includes a return transfer from selected airports (any time of the day) and travel insurance. There is no supplement for collecting a UM.
For a longer stay, students can do a combination course if they wish, for example Pro Football + English Plus at Dicker/Lancing.
Age range 12 to 17 yrs. 54 spaces available on the Pro Football course. Maximum 250 students per week at Dicker. Limits for each nationality to ensure a good mix.
Programme Flyer. Pro Football Students join English Plus students for English Skills and then undertake intensive Football training from 12pm to 5.30pm. There are social events every evening and weekend excursions. On Wednesday there will be a stadium tour of a Premier League football team. All Football and English lessons, recreational activities and excursions are mandatory and included in the fee.
Daily Timetable. 17 hours of Football and 12.5 hours of English per week. English classes have a maximum of 14 students. Weekly progress checks to monitor performance.
6 levels are available from A1-A2 (Elementary) to C2 (Proficiency). Entry test on first Monday with a speaking, grammar and writing component.
This course if for students with a football level of intermediate, advanced or professional.
For useful information about the course, please see our Student Handbook.
Please see our School Rules & Sanctions Poster.
Multiple Football Pitches / Artificial Pitches / Multi-Purpose Sports Hall / 25m x12.5m Swimming Pool / Air Condidtioned Gym / 4 Squash Courts / 7 Tennis Courts / Analysis Rooms
Separate accommodation on campus for boys and girls. Most bedrooms have 2 to 4 beds (some single and larger bedrooms are available). Storage space is available. Bathrooms are shared. Students share their bedroom with children of a similar age and from different countries. Every boarding house has its own communal space for students to relax.
Bede’s staff provide excellent care for students 24 hours a day and live in the same sleeping areas as the students. Dedicated House Parents look after the students in each boarding house. Excellent staff:student ratios (typically 1:5). Individual attention provided. There is a surgery led by a qualified nurse several times a week and access to a doctor if required.
Healthy meals with a mix of English and international dishes served in the Dining Room. Vegetarian options are always available. Special dietary requirements are accommodated.
Internet is available and an extensive Wi-Fi network across the campus. Skype is available. Students can make and receive telephone calls. Bede's Shop and a Village Shop for refreshments and snacks. Laundry is done for students at least twice a week. 24 hour emergency contact service for Parents.
Transfers from/to Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports and Ashford Train Station are included in the fees at any time of the day. Students are met by Bede's Staff and Bede's Airport Coordinators provide extra care.
- Improve and perfect technical football skills and game technique
- To improve fitness levels for an enhanced performance on the pitch
- Improve all language skills in English
- Build confidence to speak English more fluently
- Have a better understanding of the British way of life
- Earn respect for other people and different cultures
- Develop personal and social skills
- Motivate students to continue learning after they leave Bede's