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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 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...
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...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
GIRLS 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), 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).
"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."