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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 local and international pathway opportunities for them to fulfil their footballing ambitions through our network of coaches and partner academies such as English Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers and SC Farense of Portugal.
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 quality high school education and an emphasis on character development. 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.
All activities take place at the BSI Football Campus in Modderfontein, Johannesburg. The players attend the study centre 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.
The football program is designed and managed by Technical Director Zeca Marques, Director of Performance Eurico Marques and Senior Coach Dave Thorpe.
2023 YDP fees are R110, 000 plus subject and exam fees.
ELITE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (EDP)
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 professional standard. As with all our programs, we provide local and international opportunities for those who are at a sufficient standard and attitude. Training and matches take place at the BSI Football Campus in Modderfontein, Johannesburg.
2023 EDP fees are R60, 000 (Full academy year), R42, 000 (6 months), R24, 000 (3 months)
JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM (U8-U13)
The BSI Football Junior Development Program for U8-U13 provides the opportunity for young aspiring footballers to experience a professional training environment modelled on the leading football academies in Europe. The age-specific program combines football training and athletic development to develop well-rounded young people for long-term success in life and on the football pitch. Training involves 3 weekday afternoon sessions and teams will play weekend fixtures during the annual football season. The program takes place at the exclusive BSI Football Campus in Modderfontein, Johannesburg, providing a unique football environment all in one place. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
INTERNATIONAL SOCCER CAMPS
Join us for one of our International Soccer Camps, where we bring coaches from European teams out to South Africa. Participants enjoy an amazing experience of high performance training with European academy coaches. Talented players have been invited to trial in Europe after being identified at our camps.
Professional goalkeeping coaching is available at the BSI Football Academy through Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Shuaib Walters. Contact email@example.com for more information.
GIRLS FOOTBALL PROGRAM (FULL-TIME)
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), Dave Thorpe (Head of Football Development, UEFA B licensed Coach), and Marianke Pienaar (Sports Scientist).
"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."
"I am personally learning a lot from my coaches, because they play a lot of roles in mentoring me and making me a better person, not only a better player. Being behind with my studies or any football will affect me as a human and my growth. Bests moments are always in event that BSI host."
"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."
"BSI facilities are clean and provide everything you need to become a Pro. Coaches and facilitators are very experienced and they have helped me so much. They are friendly and supportive and also open. One of the most memorable moments was the International Soccer Camp that was held in February 2022 as it gave me the taste of what European football feels like. BSI gives me that professional environment and lifestyle of a football player and I am loving it!"
"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."
"I’ve built an environment that has helped me improve as a footballer and a person. The coaches and facilitators do everything they can to help me. I’ve made close friends at BSI and feel supported. My team-mates, coaches and tutors believe in me, which helps with confidence. What I love about BSI is that we do hard training and gym sessions and we make them fun."
"The environment, staff and coaches all make it easy to succeed and develop. The academics never clash with the sports as it is very easy to manage it and the tutors are very helpful. There is a very strong bond and family feeling at BSI. I feel incredibly supported. I am having a lot of fun at BSI and I love the togetherness."
"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."
"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."