Partnership launched with City Select Academy


We’re delighted to announce our affiliate partnership with City Select Academy (CSA), London. The four-year agreement will see us provide City Select Academy with Saints insights to help develop their programme and player experience.

City Select Academy is a growing Post 16 educational and football-based programme in London, giving players the best possible learning and development experience to fulfil their potential. Aligned to our values, they believe in nurturing talent and fostering ambition, empowering each student to realise their full potential.

Alongside access to our Saints curriculum, City Select will receive:

  • Monthly practical sessions delivered by us to City Select Academy players.

  • Visits to Staplewood Campus to watch professional footballers in action, as well as trips to St Mary’s Stadium for tours and exposure to our matchday experience.

  • Two CDP workshops per year, run by Saints colleagues.

  • Exclusive webinars to support coach and player development.

Andy Martino is our Football Development Manager and said this of the partnership:“As a club we’re really excited to be entering into a four-year partnership with City Select Academy. We have a shared vision to support and develop the students both on and off the pitch to create good people, as well as good footballers. This will be achieved through Coach Education, delivered with a blended learning approach. We’re looking forward to working closely with the students to support their learning, while giving insight into The Southampton Way.“

Walid Hirsi is the Head of Marketing for City Select Academy and said this about partnering with Saints: “This partnership embodies the commitment to excellence, professionalism and player development which defines Southampton FC's core values. By aligning with Saints, renowned for their emphasis on youth development and high standards, CSA aim to nurture the next generation of football talent. Through this partnership, we’ll provide unparalleled opportunities for young players to thrive in an environment that prioritises skill development, discipline and teamwork, values synonymous with Saints’ esteemed image in the football world.”

We have a growing portfolio of Academy Partners which supports likeminded clubs and organisations with their ambitions on and off the pitch. For further details on the City Select Academy affiliate partnership, or for enquiries, email: [email protected].