i2i International Soccer Academy

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STUDY HARD - TRAIN HARD. Kickstart your career by studying for a Sports or Business degree in England, whilst developing your soccer skills with our Pro-Level Soccer Development Programme.

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i2i International Soccer Academy

Our experienced coaches, who have played for and coached at English Premier League clubs, work closely with each individual player – with a view to helping them pursue a wide range of careers.

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York St John University and Northumbria University are high quality, friendly universities, which have been shortlisted for the prestigious "University of the Year" awards and 'Top 3 UK University for International Experience' .

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Our coaches have played for and coached at top flight clubs such as Manchester City, Manchester United & Leeds United

York St John University and Northumbria University are home to a wide range of grass and 3G/Turf soccer pitches

Membership of the i2i International Soccer Academy costs £31,500 a year and includes:

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Coronavirus update 13 March 2020.

i2i Sports staff are following the Public Health England (PHE) guidance and it is our policy to follow their advice, together with guidance from the NHS (UK National Health Service) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Both Northumbria University (NU) and York St John University (YSJ) are communicating directly with all students.


We appreciate that the students are several thousand miles away from home but we will not desert them or abandon them. We will be there for everyone of our students at all times.


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PFA (Professional Footballers Association) Health / Coronavirus guidance for Soccer players;


Players and staff

i)                     Do not drink from the same water bottle during the game or training, but always use a personalised water bottle and do not exchange other items (towels, bathrobes, etc.) with other players.

ii)                   Avoid eating food in the changing room.

iii)                  Keep your personal items and clothes in your bag and avoid leaving them exposed in the changing rooms or the communal baskets.

iv)                  Throw used tissues or other used materials like plasters, bandages etc. immediately into the appropriate lockable containers.

v)                   Wash your hands thoroughly as often as possible: hand washing and disinfection are essential to prevent infection. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and then dry them with a disposable towel after rinsing them thoroughly; if soap and water are not available, you can also use a hand disinfectant.

vi)                  When using ordinary toilets, you should not touch the tap before and after washing your hands, but use disposable towels to open and close the tap.Related ArticlesRelated Articles

vii)                Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

viii)               If you have to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue – preferably disposable – or with your arm, but not with your hand.

ix)                  Players who show obvious symptoms of respiratory infection and/or fever before, during or after training must immediately leave the rest of the team - and isolate themselves if possible - and inform the club's doctor.

x)                   If the symptoms appear outside a training session, the player should stop avoid all contact and meetings with other team players and, if possible, isolate themselves. Players should contact their club doctor by telephone, and can also call the NHS 111 coronavirus service. To protect yourself and others, do not go to a GP, pharmacy or hospital.

xi)                  If a player has been in any contact – either personally or within their family – with persons who have returned from risk areas, or quarantine, they must inform the team players and the club officials immediately.

xii)                If you have been in a risk area yourself, you must inform other players and club officials immediately.



Statement from YSJ; 13 March 2020

The University is open and operating as normal in line with health advice from Public Health England and travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Following scientific advice, the UK Government is not currently recommending the closure of Schools. If home authorities require the student to return home they can continue to submit assessment online or, if appropriate, make an exceptional circumstance claim.


To ensure that students are not disadvantaged, and to preserve the integrity of the student experience, the University will not replace scheduled taught activities with online or remote teaching.


Students should be advised to report absence as normal. If a student reports absence due to a confirmed diagnosis of coronavirus, or a recommendation that they self-isolate, the University will contact the student to request further information and inform action as required. Students with an underlying medical condition may be advised by medical practitioners to self-isolate at an earlier stage, or for a longer duration.


Students who are absent from teaching should be advised, where appropriate, to continue to submit assessment by published deadlines.


Any student who believes that unforeseen personal, medical or family problems that are outside their control and are negatively affecting their academic performance in assessments may make an exceptional circumstances claim.



Why a Former Student-Athlete Will Be Your Best Employee

This past week I engaged in conversation with several other graduates from the University of British Columbia who were also members of the HEAT athletics program. This sample of former student-athletes varied across sport and included both males and females. I asked the alumni one question,

What are the top 3 qualities that you possess, that are attractive in the eyes of an employer, which you have either learned or perfected from being a student-athlete?


Premier League stars signs for i2i International Soccer Academy

The i2i International Soccer Academy has made three exciting new signings after bringing former professional footballers Bryan Hughes, Jono Greening and Michael Ingham into the i2i fold.

Bryan Hughes

Bryan is a former professional soccer player who played in the English Premier League with Birmingham City, Charlton Athletic and Hull City. In a career spanning three decades, Bryan made nearly 500 professional appearances - playing against the likes of Ronaldo and David Beckham on a weekly basis. As well as being the first player to score a goal in the new Millennium, Bryan can also lay claim to scoring a winning penalty for Charlton against Chelsea in one of Jose Mourinho’s very few defeats at Stamford Bridge.

Bryan is now a UEFA B licensed coach, Bryan’s role is to oversee the pro-level coaching programme and act as a mentor for students.

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Jonathan Greening

Jono enjoyed a highly successful professional career as a soccer player, which included a three year spell at Manchester United. He was part of Manchester United’s 1998-1999 famous treble winning side which won the Champions League, the Premier League and the FA Cup. He went on to win the League Cup with Middlesbrough before signing for West Bromwich Albion for £1.25m where he captained the side to the Championship title. In 2009, Jono signed for Fulham and helped them to reach the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final – winning PFA Team of the Year.

Jono is a deep lying midfielder who scored 17 goals throughout his career, as well as three for England’s U21 side. He is now a UEFA A Licensed Coach who has coached at Nottingham Forest and York City. He acts as a mentor for students on our pro-level coaching programme.

Michael Ingham

Michael is a professional goalkeeper who has made over 400 appearances for clubs such as Sunderland, Stoke City and York City. Michael’s illustrious career spans over seventeen years and has won two trophies. During his nine years at York City, Michael kept an extremely impressive 116 clean sheets in 326 games. Michael represented his country Northern Ireland from U18’s level all the way up to senior level playing against talented nations like Germany, Uruguay and Wales in International fixtures.

Michael is now a qualified UEFA A license coach who has recently worked with York City’s Academy Goalkeepers. He acts as a mentor for students on our pro-level coaching programme.