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Frequently Asked Questions

Got a burning question about our football programmes, accommodation or facilities? Find what you’re looking for in our FAQs for parents and caretakers below.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

We do request a 20% deposit for our programmes. You can pay via bank transfer, PayPal or Flywire. The company's Bank details will be provided at the time of booking.

Will my child be transported to and from the training academy?

Yes, players will be picked up every morning from the residence by a private coach, which will take them to the City Football Academy. At the end of each day, the coach will take them back to the residence.

How many hours of training are there?

On our Football Development and Football Performance Programmes, players will have 15 hours of practical football training sessions and 15 hours of interactive workshops over 5 nights. There will be regular breaks and lunch hours every day. Similarly, our Football Language Programmes consist of 15 hours of practical football training sessions and 15 hours of English lessons per week.

Will my child meet a professional player or be scouted by Manchester City?

While our programmes take place at the City Football Academy, where the Club’s professional teams train, we cannot guarantee that our players will meet any professionals or be scouted for professional teams.

What does my child need to bring with them?

A checklist will be provided on confirmation of the programme.

What size groups will my child train in?

Players will train in groups of sixteen or less to ensure players benefit from personalised and hands-on learning.

Can I see what a typical timetable looks like for the week?

Click the following links to download an example timetable for our Football Language Programme, Football Development Programme and Football Performance Programme.
Please note, these are example timetables, and sessions may vary from what is stated in these documents.

When and where should I take my child on the first day?

All players should arrive at our residence on a Sunday by 16:00, ready to start the programme on Sunday evening.

My child is attending on their own; will they be ok?

Yes, the majority of players attend without friends and family. Your child will be placed in groups with players of the same age who are also on their own. The first session of every programme is designed to help everyone integrate to form a team and make new friends.

Will I be compensated for a late arrival or missed lessons?

We do not offer compensation for late arrivals and/or lessons, activities and excursions missed as a result of not arriving on time.

What will my child do in the evenings?

Each evening, players from our Football Language, Football Development and Football Performance Programmes will team up for fun activities at the residence. Activities typically include movie nights, sports nights and a BBQ.

Is there somewhere safe my child can keep their valuables?

Valuables such as passports, cash and mobile phones can be safely locked away at the residence by the Centre Manager. Should players wish to access their valuables at any point, the Centre Manager will be able to assist.

Will food be provided during my child’s stay?

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are catered for during your child's stay. Breakfast includes continental breakfast and hot options. A healthy, balanced lunch and two-course dinner are also provided. Dietary needs, vegetarian and Halal options are available on request. Please note, specific dietary requirements may incur a supplementary charge.

Does my child need to play for a club or school team to join your programmes?

It is not a requirement that your child plays for a football club or school football team in order to join our programmes. However, the Football Performance Programme is intensive and designed for players who are looking to take their game to the next level. With that in mind, we recommend that players attending this programme are committed to improving and are prepared to work hard.

What if my child gets homesick?

Recognising signs of homesickness and offering support is part of our staff’s comprehensive training. We also have a dedicated Welfare Manager who is on hand to talk to and reassure your child.

Will my child be expected to wash their football kit?

We provide a free daily laundry service for your child's training kit. If your child would like to wash their own personal clothes during their stay, self-service laundry machines are available at the residence.

Can my child stay for longer?

Depending on the programme, we might be able to extend your child’s stay - but this will be at an additional cost. Please contact us for further details.

Do you offer day football camps?

All of our programmes are residential for a fully immersive experience. Day camp options are not available.

What if Covid restrictions prevent my child from attending the programme, can I get a refund?

The safety of our staff and players is paramount. If Covid-related restrictions imposed by the UK Government impacts your attendance at the programme, we will refund you any booking fees.

What languages do the coaches on your programmes speak?

All of our programmes are taught in English. For many years, we’ve welcomed players from all over the world and many of them do not speak English but are typically able to acclimatise very well to the camp.

Are there any extra costs I should be aware of?

Registration fee: There is a £50 registration fee to cover administration costs.

Airport transfer: There is an airport transfer service to and from Manchester airport for £100 return private / £70 return shared. If players are arriving by plane, they must have an airport transfer. This can be arranged after the booking has been processed. If you are arriving at/leaving from a different airport please let us know and we will provide a transfer quote.

Unaccompanied minors: For players travelling as an unaccompanied minor (UM) with airlines, there will be a charge of £120. This will ensure there is a named person to meet, greet and sign for UM players. Please note, this £120 charge is separate from any UM charges by the airline.

Damage deposit: Please note, a damage deposit of £40 will be required to cover any damage costs if necessary, to be handed to staff in cash on arrival. The deposit will be returned to your child on their last day providing no damage has been made to Manchester City Football School property.

Additional Friday night accommodation: Players can stay at the residence on the final Friday night for £75, including full-board meals.

Pocket money: You may wish to provide your child with pocket money to spend during excursions. Following the Etihad Stadium Tour, players will have the opportunity to visit the Manchester City Store, which has a wide range of official Manchester City merchandise. An exclusive 10% discount is available to our students.

Extra nights as agreed: £275 per person for extra weekend Friday night/Saturday night including full day excursion on Saturday.

Do you have a question we haven’t answered above? Get in touch via our contact page and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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