THE ACADEMY PROGRAMME

The FMG Project runs an Academy Programme for young people aged 14-16 (school years 10 and 11) to learn, grow and achieve through fitness. The Academy Programme is a 10-week fitness-based coaching programme combining expert strength and conditioning training, coaching around mindsets and motivation, as well as educational content about exercise, nutrition and our health and wellbeing.

The programme runs on Monday and Wednesday evenings, as well as an open youth club on a Friday, where Academy athletes can gain access to high-quality coaching, as well as first-class facilities. The programme is designed to equip and empower young people, whilst also providing new experiences and opportunities, so that they are more able to deal with the challenges in their lives and develop life and social skills such as communication, leadership and commitment.

The programme provides a team-like atmosphere where young people feel safe and encouraged, whilst also challenging them to achieve more than they initially thought was possible. Towards the end of the programme, the trainees learn and practice coaching skills, and also have the opportunity to connect with or join local sports clubs, in order to create long-term development that goes on beyond our 10-week programme.

Our next programme will start in January 2022. If you, or someone you know, might be interested in joining the programme or helping us to coach the programme, then please get in touch!

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MEET THE COACHES

SAM CROCKER-GREEN

Sam is a former international handball player, qualified fitness instructor and coach, and has worked with all ages and abilities, from complete beginners to professional athletes. He has a passion for coaching, particularly to help people reach their full potential through improving self-confidence and belief, and has found that exercise is one of the best and most enjoyable ways to do this! 

JOEL KIDGER

Joel is an elite-level athletics and strength and conditioning coach who is currently working with GB athletes and other aspiring young runners. A former 800m bronze medallist at the British Championships himself, he has more than 10 years of coaching experience and has seen the powerful impact that sport and fitness can have on the lives of young people- something that he hopes can be replicated through the FMG Project.