Children are playing football earlier than ever! The club they play for must create the right environment. That environment is Shield Academy.

Shield Academy is an England Football (2 Star) Accredited Club, created in 2007 by Director of Football; Dan Seymour, Matt Harding & the late Richard Fox.

Shield is a community club playing in the ECHO Junior Football League, providing a progressive link for youth football. This progresses from our Mini Shields to our main club and into our technical and advanced Academy. We are delighted to have links to advance towards EJA football, senior football and professional Academies.

Our coaches are experienced, innovative and here to drive your child to the next level.

Welcome to Shield!

Our Identity

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

Academy: To provide a high level of coaching/training, enabling our players to be comfortable in and out of possession.

Our core values have allowed us to welcome over 300 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 irrespective of their gender or background
  • 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 throughout all strands of our club.
  • To coach 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 ensure that the safety and welfare of every young person in our care is at the forefront of our actions.

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