Coventry City

Academy Ground:                                                The Alan Higgs Centre, Allard Way, Pinley, Coventry, CV3 1HW


Academy Director/Manager:                                Richard Stevens 


First Team Players:                                              Coventry City First Team                      


Academy Team Players:                                      Coventry City Under-23’s Team/


Ladies Team Players:                                            Coventry City Ladies Team



The Coventry Academy:

Coventry city have always had a very strong academy set-up, which is proven by their spell in the premier league in the clubs history. At the start of this 2018 season they have had a turnaround of new staff joining the academy, one of which is Andy Whing an ex player. 

Despite having a rocky journey in recent years, they have produced some fantastic talents and will be looking to once again compete at the highest level.


Academy Status: Coventry is a category 2 status academy

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Academy Staff:

Richard Stevens the Academy Manager has had a massive impact on the clubs development. Having already uncovered what seems to be a promising young player in James Maddison, he is more than happy to work closely with players and help them grow, if they have enough to make it.  
Andy Crabtree, the Youth Development lead coach has a difficult job of managing a number of different age groups, but he always finds a way to make it work which is a testament to his effort levels. He is always looking to stretch players, with another training session on top of their busy training plan, which at FootieBugs we know gets the best of these young players.  


How to get noticed by a scout

Generally, premier league clubs are closely following open trials as a way of pinpointing the newest talent, as well as having a vast network of scouts across the UK. Scouts are often preferential over structured leagues or with players of a high standard, playing together. This is one thing that FootieBugs academy can offer through our weekly training sessions and games against local teams managed by professional coaches. Because we cover a range of age groups at U6’s-U14’s we have a high demand for young upcoming talent and receive frequent scouts visiting our training sessions and matches. Due to the professional coaches we have available that have all played at a high level, we are able to distinguish which players are leagues above in terms of skill and can refer them onto Premier League clubs.



“If you’re good enough, generally they’ll find you.”


Academy Scouting System:

After a scout has seen a player, they will usually contact them and invite them to a trial day, otherwise the more common method of finding talents from all over are through football trial days and football camps. FootieBugs goes the extra mile in making your job easier as a parent and a young footballer. With our focused training sessions, the FootieBugs Academy will try it’s best to match your ability with a club who will nurture your talent . We will shape a football player into a footballer, by working on improving the child’s overall game and their image to scouts at Premier League Clubs.

This is where the FootieBugs Academy thrives, not only will FootieBugs look to put players forward to Coventry when they feel they are ready, but FootieBugs will also ensure that Coventry will be fully aware of what training each player will have received from the FootieBugs Academy and why the player has shown enough (Footballing skill as well as dedication and attitude) to be worthy of a trial.


If you feel your child shows promise and would like us to help them reach the level for us to recommend them to the Coventry scouting network then please complete the following form:

Book an Academy Trial Today!



Academy trials

As you can imagine, a large number of young football players would like to join the Coventry Academy set up and with clubs like Coventry receiving trial requests all the time it’s very difficult to get noticed.

FootieBugs Academy believes that with correct training and dedication we can dramatically increase your chances of getting a trial with the Coventry Academy.

Once a player reaches the standards that a club of Coventry’s stature would expect then the FootieBugs team will do everything in its powers to introduce the player to the relevant Coventry scout. 



Find out more about the FootieBugs Academy


FootieBugs Academy FAQ’s


The FootieBugs Academy is an independent organization and not part of any specific football club. This allows us to offer an honest and fair view of any players’ ability and suitability to join a professional Football Club. Although we will do everything in our power to help young players develop, we are unable to guarantee every player a trial. If you are looking for official club information then please visit the club’s official website as we can-not guarantee that all information is correct and up to date at the time of reading.

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