The BSI Football Academy enables players to take their football to the next level, through professional training in an environment modelled on the leading football academies in Europe. We develop talented and hard working players, and create international pathways for them to fulfil their footballing ambitions through our network of coaches and academies worldwide.
U19 Programme (full-time)
If you're really serious about a playing career in football, then this programme is for you. The programme combines professional football training and athletic development with a quality high school education. The goal is to develop well-rounded young people for success on the football pitch and in life.
All of this is presented in a structured and disciplined environment by professional staff, enabling the players to reach their full potential. The full-time Premier Programme is available from grade 8 to grade 12 and is guaranteed to take your game to the next level and beyond.
Students attend the BSI Sports Study Centre for Youth Athletes at Huddle Park in Linksfield, Johannesburg in the mornings, and in the afternoons experience a football programme which includes football training, athletic development, tactical learning, football theory, mental training, sports science testing, life skills, media training and more.
The football programme is designed and managed by Technical Director Zeca Marques, Director of Performance Eurico Marques and Senior Coach Ryan Latief. Click here to download brochure...
U23 Programme (full-time)
The U23 Programme provides professional football training and development for players who have finished high school and wish to further their progress towards full potential. The intensive programme includes high levels of technical, tactical, and fitness training as we strive to take the players' games to a level strong enough to turn professional. As with all our programmes, we provide local and international opportunities for those who are at a sufficient standard and attitude. Click here to download brochure...
Professional goalkeeping coaching and training is available at the BSI Football Academy through legendary goalkeeping coach Alex Heredia. Contact email@example.com for more information.
The academy staff is lead by Technical Director Zeca Marques. Zeca is a UEFA Pro Licensed Coach, the highest qualification available worldwide. He regularly returns to Europe for learning and interacting with leading coaches.
Zeca’s professional coaching career took him around the South African Premier Soccer League, including coaching positions at Bidvest Wits, Black Leopards, Santos and Moroka Swallows, where he lead them to victory in the MTN 8 Cup.
Zeca heads up a team of coaches, trainers and experts who work with the players in various areas of development. The coaching and support staff includes Eurico Marques (Director of Performance and Physiotherapist), Ryan Latief (UEFA B licensed Coach), Alex Heredia (FIFA licensed Goalkeeping Coach), Zac van Heerden (Exercise Physiologist), Renee Reinecke (Sports Scientist), and Mark Fairbank (Mental Coach).
"It was great to train with the guys and to train with Coach Zeca Marques. They received me well, Mr Michael Balderstone treated me very well since the first day. I improved a lot in terms of technique, speed, reaction, even passing, so it was a great experience. Zeca is a great coach. I knew him even before I started training with him, but to train with him is something else, it’s amazing, and he helped me a lot."
"Coach Ryan has helped me become a stronger player as well as a stronger person, he has helped me physically and mentally so that I can achieve my goal. "Train Beyond" is the main focus at BSI. This means that you need to train beyond your limit, push past your limit and you will succeed. In order to become a champion you need to train beyond"
"Since I have joined BSI my focus has improved alot. I have also improved mentally and now I feel more committed and hungry for my goal and I know it can be achieved through hard work. What I enjoy the most is that I get to work on my own pace academically so I get to understand and see where I need to improve."
"Coach Ryan has not only taught me football skills but also life lessons and how things are in the sporting world"
"My sport skills have developed alot, I have developed technically and also mentally. I am now able to go forward and play fast between spaces and I also now see the game in a different perspective. Mentally I have grown into a more humble, matured, responsible and a mature football player."
"Coach Ryan has impacted my life and performance because he has shown me how hard I must work to be a professional footballer."
"They are building me as a player and as a person."
"My football IQ has improved. I know more about the positions, players and their roles. My passing ability has improved. I know how to pass in different ways, my overall understanding of football has improved. The positive energy at BSI is really contagious. BSI has helped me stay positive and helped me be a good person. Coach Ryan has given me insight to how athletes train, how they eat and has helped my football IQ."
"My experience so far has been amazing, alot of hard work has been put through to me in making me a better player. There is alot of dedication. The coaching is amazing. I appreciate all the coaches I have."