Today marks the start of a new and exciting partnership between UK based Steven Gerrard Academy and Challenger Sports.

Both organizations have teamed up to create the ultimate higher education and soccer experience for students who have ambitions of taking their football and studies to the next level. 

Alongside studying towards a degree of their choice at  Liverpool based university, students will enjoy access to an elite- level football programme which runs for a 10-month season. On top of weekly technical and tactical training sessions, players will benefit from access to exercise science, recover sessions and match analysis. 

Academy Director and Manager of Scottish Premiership Champions, Rangers FC’s Steven Gerrard says:

“The main idea (of this partnership) is to give young people a chance to come (to the UK) and further your education but also adding a football element to that. We want to make sure that the experience is very enjoyable and that you are working with top-level coaches. We want to provide young people a platform to grow as human beings but also academically whilst doing something that you enjoy. Not everyone goes to the top of education or the top of football straight away, so players need these academies to have a place to use top facilities to keep furthering themselves as people and academically as well.”

Speaking about the latest development for Challenger Sports Study & Play programme, Alan Jones – Senior Vice President of Challenger Sports said:

“Our partnership with the Steven Gerrard Academy will help students from the USA come to the UK and have access to an amazing experience through studying at University and playing soccer at one of the most prestigious football academies in the UK. The opportunity to study and live in Liverpool, one of the UK’s most vibrant football cities with one of the most well-known histories in the game of football, is an opportunity that is both exciting and life changing. To couple that with what is an exceptional football programme through Steven Gerrard academy the players that take up this opportunity will develop both educationally and improve as soccer players. We look forward to working with SGA and their staff in delivering this programme over the coming years.”

Students and parents interested in learning more about SGA are encouraged to connect with Steve Richards.


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