Football Academy

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Aston Manor football academy is run in conjunction with the Aston Villa Foundation and  allows students to take part in the English Football League and community football alliance, competing against other professional clubs wearing the Aston Villa kit on match days. 

The two-year course run in conjunction with the Aston Villa Foundation offers the opportunity to study A-levels or a BTEC qualification or study a combination of both.

Aston Manor Academy’s football academy aims to:

  • Provide an elite football development programme, where students can combine high-level coaching with academic studies, allowing them to fulfil their aspirations in education, employment or football.
  • Offer coaching which is highly innovative and tailored to individual players’ development needs.
  • Promote resilience and a winning mentality without letting results on the pitch dictate how we define success.
  • Provide players with the best possible level of support to achieve physical excellence through delivery of strength and conditioning training, plyometric training, mentoring, performance analysis and nutritional advice.
  • Provide excellent pastoral care around player welfare, both physical and emotional.  In addition, players also have access to a clinical psychologist, if they need it.
  • Provide training that includes three six hours of on-the-field coaching three times per week, plus a competitive games programme every Wednesday.

Two Boys Academy sides
CEFA National League and AoC Men’s Regional League

Two Girls Academy sides
CEFA National League

  • Match analysis using Veo technology.
  • Football academy international visits and tours to enhance players’ experience and increase knowledge and understanding.

Our success
speaks for itself

Over the past three years, we have achieved a number of amazing sporting accolades that have firmly established Aston Manor’s reputation within numerous high profile competitions. Including;


CEFA Midland League Runners Up


CEFA Midland League Champions


CEFA Midland League Champions


Four Aston Manor players represented the West Midlands under 18’s


One Aston Manor player represent in the England Schools under 18’s

2018 – 2024

A significant number of students successfully secured their first choice at leading universities to study degree courses that would enable them to combine their passion for sport but also to carve out careers in areas such as Sports and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy, Physiotherapy and Business.

Student Profiles

  • Owen White

    Owen studied the BTEC National Diploma Sports at Aston Manor Academy. He was an outstanding first team full back and was awarded the prestigious Student Athlete of the Year for 2021/22. This award recognises outstanding achievement in both education and sport.

    Owen went on to secure full-time employment with our partners, the Aston Villa Football Foundation.

  • Vishnu Roberts

    Vishnu studied the BTEC National Diploma Sports at Aston Manor Academy. He played a pivotal role in the academy’s first team midfield and went on to study for a BSc in Sports Therapy at Birmingham City University, combining this with his love for football and playing University BUCS football.

  • Miass Suliman

    Miass enjoyed considerable success while studying for his BTEC Sports Coaching and Development, progressing from the development team to the first team in one year.

    Miass then applied for a degree apprenticeship in Air Traffic Control, studying for a BEng in Aerospace Engineering at Bristol University.

  • Demico Burton

    Following Demico’s successful trial for the West Midlands under 18s county side, he then progressed to a successful ESFA England trial, where he went on to represent his country in the Centenary Shield, playing games against Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

    Demico is hoping to get a professional football contract for the 2023 season after having trials at a number of clubs, including Aston Villa, Stoke City, Birmingham City and Derby County.

  • Jack Richards

    Jack not only achieved successful grades in his studies, he was also the first team number one goalkeeper and won the CEFA Central 4 Division title in both Year 12 and 13. He successfully claimed the goalkeeper’s jersey for the West Midlands under 18 squad in 2021/22.

    Jack then secured a place at Wolverhampton University to study a BA (Hons) in Sport.

How to Apply

External Applicants only

Please complete the application form and return to the sixth form office. You can find the application form here or, alternatively, request an application form from the main office.

Already a student at Aston Manor Academy?

Sixth form staff will arrange a presentation for all Year 11 Aston Manor Academy students to tell them more about progressing to sixth form and how to apply.