Football Academy

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.

Youth Development Program (U14-U19)

If you're really serious about a playing career in football, then this full-time program is for you. The program 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 Youth Development Program is open for grade 8 to grade 12 and is guaranteed to take your game to the next level and beyond.

Students attend the BSI Study Centre at Huddle Park in Linksfield, Johannesburg in the mornings, and in the afternoons experience a football program which includes football training, athletic development, tactical learning, football theory, mental training, sports science testing, life skills, media training and more.  Training and matches currently take place at Edenvale Spots Club as we renovate the BSI Football Campus at Modderfontein Sports Complex.

The football program is designed and managed by Technical Director Zeca Marques, Director of Performance Eurico Marques and Senior Coaches Shuaib Walters and Dave Thorpe. Click here to download brochure...

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Elite Development Program (U23)

This program provides professional football training and development for players who have finished high school and wish to further their progress towards full potential.  The intensive schedule 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 programs, we provide local and international opportunities for those who are at a sufficient standard and attitude. Training and matches currently take place at Edenvale Sports Club while we renovate the BSI Football Campus at Modderfontein Sports Club.  Click here to download brochure...

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Professional goalkeeping coaching and training is available at the BSI Football Academy through Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Shuaib Walters and legendary goalkeeping coach Alex Heredia.  Contact for more information.


Our girls program is a collaboration between BSI and JVW Girls Football, providing a full-time high performance football academy with high school education, to promote the growth of girls’ football and to prepare the nation’s most promising young players for international careers.

BSI provides the high school education component of the programme through the BSI Study Centre.  The modern and flexible education method used in the BSI Study Centre allows far more time for sports training and competitive play than tradition schooling methods.

The football training is conducted by JVW’s specialist female coaching team, offering a dedicated training schedule 5-days a week.  The girls have the opportunity to play for JVW Football Club amongst some of the most talented players in South Africa.  Additional services are available to the players through BSI’s sports science department. Click here to download brochure...

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), Bafana Goalkeeper Shuaib Walters (YDP Head Coach), Dave Thorpe (EDP U23 Head Coach, UEFA B licensed Coach), Alex Heredia (FIFA licensed Goalkeeping Coach), Zac van Heerden (Exercise Physiologist), Renee Reinecke (Sports Scientist), and Mark Fairbank (Mental Coach).

Click here to download an application form for the Youth Development Programme

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Interested in the Football Academy?

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