Academies must provide a significant education programme for all players, in line with the requirements of the Elite Player Performance Plan.
Leicester City Academy has a strong educational commitment and recognises the importance that education plays in the development of a player’s potential.
Players are continually monitored academically, with continuous liaison with schools and six-week reports for players/parents to monitor grade progress, behaviour and attitude to learning.
Educational facilities, with tutor specific-support for English, Maths and Science, are provided on a daily basis during our curriculum programme for day-release players.
For those who are accepted onto our scholarship programme at 16, education plays a key role in the development of each individual.
Players’ academic capabilities are assessed, and support mechanisms are put in place to follow a learning pathway suitable to each individual’s needs. Loughborough College, with a rich experience of delivering elite sports programmes, delivers our League Football Education programme on a daily basis, encompassing NVQ in Sporting Excellence and BTEC National Diploma in Sports Performance & Excellence. (Including Key/Functional Skills – Maths and English)
All players and parents are fully updated on educational progress, with regular meetings taking place throughout the year.
The medical welfare and physical development of Academy players is paramount at Leicester City.
The LCFC Academy has medical cover provided which complies with the EPPP and Football League rules and regulations.
There are treatment and examination rooms at the training ground with access at all times during coaching and games.
The Club Doctor is on call at all times and Physiotherapy cover is provided by 3.5 Chartered Physiotherapists, led by Keith Burland, Head Academy Physiotherapist. Medical cover is closely supported by the First Team physiotherapists.
Upon entry into the Academy programme, players will be taken through a medical screening process. This involves completion of a simple health questionnaire, then players are given a medical examination by the Club Doctor and Chartered Physiotherapist.
This is to establish baseline measurements and to identify if any individual prehabilitation exercises are required. The Under-15s to 21s age groups also have the offer of cardiac screening. This is to see if there are any risk factors for heart problems that may be exacerbated with intense exercise.
If a parent has concerns with this issue they are welcome to discuss it with the Club Doctor by calling the department on 0116 2915263.
Full medical records are kept within the medical department with screening, treatments and rehabilitation programmes detailed. These are confidential but any issues or concerns can be discussed with the medical staff.
The department operates a “self-referral” system. This means players can request assessment by attending the treatment area at their usual training day and time.
Treatment and assessment clinics take place seven days a week. Appointments with the Club Doctor can be arranged by speaking to one of the physiotherapy staff or call the department on 0116 2915263.
Players' Code of Conduct
A Leicester City Academy player is expected to:
• Be punctual at all coaching sessions, games or any other meeting your coach has arranged.
• Inform your coach of non-attendance (training and matches).
• Show respect at all times to staff members / team mates / officials and opposition.
• Display discipline on and off the pitch.
• Play by the laws of the game and always accept the referee’s decision.
• Not chew gum or wear jewellery.
• Take responsibility for your own actions and learn from your mistakes.
• Practise the skills and techniques taught by the Academy coaching staff.
• Take responsibility for your own kit, clean boots, drinks bottle, shin pads, gloves for the goalkeepers.
• Adhere to the Club’s Code of Conduct.
• Complete all school work and show the same discipline and behaviour at the Club and at school.
• When substituted, shake hands with team mates and coach.
• Use appropriate language at all times.