Our newly formed U7 pre-Academy squad put in a brilliant display of football today to win EMC Academy’s Christmas tournament. This was the first time they have entered a tournament as a collective group. They played some exquisite free-flowing football that particularly pleased Volenti’s technical director Bobby Bowry. “Today was one of my most enjoyable […]Continue reading
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We are an independent football academy committed to provide high quality coaching to those of all ages and ability levels.
Under the leadership of a staff team of ex-professional players and football development experts, we aim to create an environment which is safe, fun and in which each individual is given the opportunity to become the best that they can be. We are firm believers in the physical and social benefits which result from an active involvement in sport at every level. Search the programmes that we’re involved in and come and play the Volenti way!
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Mike and Bobby of Volenti have been a massive part of my career, realising potential in me from a young age and then nurturing me on and off the field to help me forge a way in the game.
Elliott Bennett, Blackburn Rovers Midfielder
Volenti's encouragement & support have made made him see the need to work hard & the focus required to achieve his goals for now & in the future. As Bobby has said "The hard work starts now."
Bobby's excellent coaching over the years has been instrumental in making this a reality and he is now loving the opportunity he has playing for Charlton FC Academy.
“If you are looking to improve yourself as an all-round footballer, Volenti Academy is undoubtedly the best coaching environment to allow your talent, determination and technical
ability to flourish.”
Tommy Elphick - Brighton, Bournemouth and Aston Villa
Volenti's first class coaching has influenced how my son has developed, the way he plays and how he approaches the game both mentally and physically.
“Volenti Academy is a fantastic opportunity for any player with aspirations of a football career. Players will be taught to play the right way with excellent coaching, in an enjoyable environment. I can't recommend Bobby highly enough and know from personal experience how far he can take you on your football journey.”
Paul Robinson, AFC Wimbledon Club Captain
I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Volenti to any player who is looking to develop further and receive real guidance and seize opportunities to progress to that next level.
Pleasing to see an ex player being a role model not just for young players around his community but for ex players finding their next path
Dele Adebola ex Birmingham Player
Last night, our St Albans Head coach, Dean Austin, organised a very special Christmas surprise for the players attending our weekly Monday night session. Players arrived for their normal training session on a cold December evening and were amazed to see Tottenham and England superstar, Harry Winks, watching them play. Dean, who is currently assistant […]Continue reading
Volenti Academy recently interviewed AFC Wimbledon club captain and former Portsmouth and Millwall player, Paul Robinson, about his career and the positive input and support that Volenti’s technical director, Bobby Bowry, has given to him throughout his footballing journey. Paul Robinson scoring at Wembley in the Playoff Final “Having fallen out of the professional system […]Continue reading
This evening (Monday 20th November) the Volenti Academy launched our brand new ‘Bring a Friend’ initiative at our Croydon Academy. The concept is very simple: for every friend a Volenti player recommends to come to a Volenti session, they will both receive one free session. Nathan Bowen, our Regional Director, explains ‘We know that we […]Continue reading
Volenti Academy’s growing reputation was once again demonstrated on Tuesday afternoon when former European Cup winners, Nottingham Forest, invited our Football and Education team to their training ground to play against their Academy. After a strong start to this season’s National Football Youth League (NYFL), the opportunity for the Volenti boys to match themselves against […]Continue reading
At Volenti Academy, we work with players of all age groups. We believe that if we can work with players over a number of years and instil the Volenti values and work ethic within their game, they will have the best chance of reaching their full potential. Our under 7 & 8 Pre-Academy session on […]Continue reading
This summer, ex-Volenti Academy player Daniel Bowry continued his impressive rise through the football ranks by being introduced as a second half substitute for Charlton Athletic’s first team squad. Under the guidance of his father and Volenti Academy director Bobby Bowry, Daniel came into the professional club environment very late, as Bobby explains: ‘Being an […]Continue reading
It is well documented that the best players don’t necessarily make the best coaches. Here at Volenti Academy, we believe that we have a unique mix of youth and experience that enables us to create a positive learning environment for all our players. Our core coaching staff have over 1,000 professional league appearances between them, […]Continue reading
Bobby’s playing career lasted over 15 years and the majority of his 400 appearances were for Crystal Palace, Millwall and Colchester. He holds a UEFA B coaching qualification. Enormously well respected and with contacts throughout the game, Bobby is ideally positioned to provide advice and support on a wide range of on and off field issues and revels in his role as a player mentor. Bobby is actively involved in the Kick It Out campaign.
Dean is a former Premier League player with Tottenham and Crystal Palace with over 350 professional appearances. Dean holds the highest possible coaching qualification, the UEFA pro licence. As recently as 2016, Dean coached in the Premier League alongside Quique Sanchez Flores at Watford. Dean is Head coach of our new St Albans sessions which run on a Monday night at Harvesters Football Club.
Nathan is an FA Level 3 qualified coach who has extensive experience working with players of all levels across a wide range of age groups. He spent twelve years at Brighton & Hove Albion, coaching players across the entire spectrum from Community to Academy level. He has had great success managing teams and co-ordinating touring groups at International tournaments, bringing home over ten winners trophies. Nathan was selected by the streetworldfootball to attend its Global Youth Leaders Initiative during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. His knowledge, enthusiasm and involvement with the players he coaches make Nathan an invaluable member of the Volenti team. After a successful first year with Volenti, Nathan was promoted into the position of Regional Director, taking on operational responsibility for the South East area.
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Simon is a former Crystal Palace, Reading and Wolverhampton Wanderers player with over 400 professional appearances. He is one of the senior coaches working alongside Bobby at Harris Academy on a Monday night and has coached some of our older teams in our London Youth Premier League.
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Paul is one of our most experienced coaches and has a great ability to develop and deliver original and creative coaching drills. Paul has coached at numerous professional clubs including Brighton & Hove Albion and Wimbledon, as well as the Ian Wright soccer schools. He also has years of experience of coaching internationally in countries such as France, Denmark and the USA.
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Jordan St Pierre
Jordan is a reliable and enthusiastic FA level 2 qualified coach who has 7 years of experience of coaching on development and community programmes at Brighton and Hove Albion, as well as coaching a men’s squad for Sussex University. Aside from football, Jordan also enjoys helping other young people achieve their goals and has helped to train young leaders locally in the National Citizens Service scheme, as well as volunteering with the Football For Good International NGO OSCAR Foundation.
Harry is a talented young FA level 1 qualified coach with lots of enthusiasm and creativity. He has a natural ability to engage with young players and uses his own experiences as a player to help create a positive environment. Currently studying for a Sports qualification, Harry is also pursuing his own career as a football player. Showing plenty of promise, Harry worked his way into Peacehaven 1st team at the age of 17, as well as being a stand out player in the National Youth Development U19s league.