Thousands of children attend Skills Academy holiday courses every year. The courses are great value for money with children experiencing up to 5 days of football packed fun for all ages and abilities.
Holiday courses include:
- FA Qualified Coaching
- Fun Games and Mini Matches
- A Skills Academy Certificate
- Most Improved Player Trophy
- Penalty Shoot-Out Trophy
- Free Session Voucher
- Skills Academy ‘World Cup’ Tournament
- Medals for tournament winners
Prices for school and sports centre venues (when pre-booked) are:
1 day £18
2 days £33
3 days £42
4 days £50
5 days £58
Click on UpComing Courses' link to book on to the next holiday courses.
The courses follow a structure outlined by Mike, whereby every coach knows his role and what drills, games to play on which days. The Skills Academy have given careful thought to every aspect of their football holiday courses.
"I would like children to grow up learning to respect each other's teams. Supporting their team shouldn’t be about hating others. I think children should learn to love their team but appreciate good football and good players even if they don’t play for their favourite team. For me, that is a true football fan" - Mike Delaney
The Skills Academy holiday courses are designed to feel different to other courses. They should be seen as a treat by children. It is therefore important that fun football games are included. Recent research has indicated that children’s attention span is greater in the morning and teaching should take this into account. Therefore, Skills Academy holiday clubs are full of technique based drills in the morning but in the afternoon the programme includes a fun football game followed by a ‘World cup tournament’. Games include: numbers game, football golf, football tennis, shooting game and football cricket.
Over the years, Mike Delaney and guest freestylers have performed their shows for the children attending. The list of freestylers include: Mr Woo, Gerbeshi, Tommy Baker, Abbas Farid, Billy Fincham, Dan Cutting, Dan Magness, Marc Cumberbatch and more! Mike still occasionally performs his shows and practises his skills with the young players attending.