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Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College

Ivybridge Community College


About the Academy

The Football Academy at Ivybridge has been running successfully for the past twelve years and has seen many students succeed at a professional level.  A host of notable names have come out of the College including, Ryan Leonard, Luke Young, Matt LeCointe and           Tyler Harvey.  Currently, Cameron Sangster and Harry Hodges are the latest to sign professional terms with Plymouth Argyle.

Football at Ivybridge is open to students of all ages and abilities through PE lessons and after College / lunchtime clubs.  The players with identified potential from Year 7 upwards are selected to join the Academy.  The Academy has seen many changes and advancements to the programme and continues to grow at every possible opportunity.

The Academy students at Ivybridge receive coaching from staff with high level playing experience and who have coached at a high level in a professional environment.  Links with various professional clubs means that the boys also get access to specialist coaching sessions from current professional players.

Most recent successes in Boys Football include making Ivybridge history, winning our first National trophy at Under 13 Level.


 Academy Structure


Year 7

Football Academy

Year 8

Football Academy

Year 9

Academy and Elite

Year 10

Academy and Elite

Year 11

Academy and Elite

Year 12

Regional/National Cup

Every week students can access up to six skill / game sessions and four conditioning sessions.

 Girls Football

We have long been involved with Girls Football and have recently been awarded FA Girls’ Football School Partnership, which will drive our growth in the Womens’ game.  Girls Football is run by Mr Leonard and in many instances girls are integrated within Academy boys where appropriate.  Training takes place Tuesday after College in association with the Plymouth Argyle Premier League Girls Development Programme.  Our aim is to have a competitive girl’s side across all Year Groups.   Most recent successes in Girls football is making Ivybridge history, qualifying for our first National Final in Futsal.


The Academy is currently being managed by Mr Leonard.  Mr Leonard has vast experience and involvement with professional clubs both as a manager and a player.

Mr Cater, Mr Knightley and Mr Taylor support Mr Leonard in his role which also sees strength and conditioning integrated.