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I was one of the very first to get on board with the academy project Darren created over at Lichfield City FC. In my 2 years under Darren, he not only helped improve me as a player, both technically and tactically – but also helped me grow and progress on a personal level too. 
Darren is a top coach, top man and a top mentor – I think it’s very important for a young lad leaving school and growing into an adult to have the right guidance and support system around them – and Darren’s personality and the atmosphere he creates around the squad, recruiting a great bunch of lads from all over the West Midlands area. The facilities, management, coaching & opportunities provided were unrivalled by any other local club – Darren strives to be the best and is a born winner himself, which definitely helps rub off on you in both your football and academic studies.
With more coaches, more experience & more talent to choose from year after year, I only see Lichfield City Academy evolving further and competing at a very competitive level for trophies and opportunities to further develop careers under Darren.
Student Feedback


The Lichfield City FC Football Academy provides a two year full time course for school leavers 16-18 years of age, who can prove they have football talent or skills to potentially progress to a career in sport.


The football is structured around eight practical football sessions per week. The focus of these sessions is on tactical, technical and physical ability and conditioning, as well the importance of psychological elements of the game.


The education element of this academy ensures that the players do not miss out on further educational studies. The course is a BTEC level 3 national extended diploma in sport (equivalent to 3 A Levels)


The whole course is interactive and effective in order that learning is enjoyable and encouraged that students strive to attain a distinction grade or A level high standards.

“These guys are fantastic! My son was not doing very well in his education and became very resistant…until he joined these guys and I’ve seen a different lad! Developing into a young adult with positive values and a new found motivation for learning!”