Children are being entered into football earlier than ever. The never ending popularity of grass roots football is encouraging the increasing participation of young football players.

Shield Academy is an FA Charter Development Status Club, that was created in 2007 by Dan Seymour, Matt Harding & the late Richard Fox. The club was created to provide a positive football environment for young people.

Shield provides a progressive link for youth football. Through the introduction and nurturing of young footballers, linking all the way through to our football club and advanced coaching school.

Our name and identity were devised by club Director of Football and Founder, Dan Seymour. We believe that our name is also a mission statement and a philosophy.

“To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” Theodore Roosevelt

So What Does It Mean?

Shield: To provide a safe and enjoyable environment for children to learn, develop and play.

Academy: To provide sessions that replicate the Academy way of training.

This belief has allowed us to welcome nearly 200 players through our gates every week.

Welcome to Shield Academy!!

Mission Statement

Shield Academy’s mission statement is as follows;

  • To provide opportunities for all of our players. This is regardless of their age, ability and ethnicity.
  • To provide and maintain the highest standard of coaching, and excellence in the learning and development of football techniques, attitudes and sportsmanship.
  • To develop coaching links through our community soccer schools, our football club, and advanced coaching centers.
  • To coach appropriately with recognition of academic study into sports science and coaching.
  • To consistently comply with best practice guidelines.
  • To provide an honest and transparent service.
  • To provide a service that ensures that the safety and welfare of every child and young person in our care is paramount.

The Shield Philosophy

Our philosophy at Shield takes into account various points of research and our beliefs take into account the fact that our sessions and structures must vary, dependent on the age group of the team. We pride ourselves on creating imaginative structures.


Dynamic Sessions


Individual Development

3v3 and 4v4’s

11v11 Preparation