Welcome to Unique FA

Unique FA was established in 2013 by former Crystal Palace FC & West Ham United youth coach Jamie Waller with the sole purpose to recreate a professional football academy environment for elite players who were signed or had  previously been released from the professional club academy system. 

The Academy has since grown and now caters for all players between the ages of 3-19 who wish to develop. The programmes are tiered based on ability and experience, so there's something for everyone!


At Unique FA there are four development programmes for players:

  1. The Invitation Programme
  2. The Technical Programme
  3. The Individual Player Development 16-19 Programme (IPDP)
  4. The Pre-Academy Programme

Our Ethos

Our philosophy is based on a blueprint all staff and players buy in to, the Unique Model of Development, which is essentially based on four core values, focuses primarily on the technical aspects of a young player's development and the psychological aspects of a young player's cognitive growth.  The tactical and physical aspects of these young players development will be incorporated within sessions in a global approach to learning.

All sessions  are pre-planned meticulously with specific learning outcomes in mind. Players will learn to trust each other with and without the ball, with bravery to get on the ball and express themselves always at the forefront of their minds.


Core Values

Players are developed and nurtured within a professional football academy environment. Unique FA have strong values and beliefs which underpin their own philosophy. Emphasis is placed heavily on improving the technical capabilities of the players and educating the players tactically as they mature mentally. Bravery to seek possession of the ball in a variety of situations irrespective of the state or scoreline of the game is pivotal and a desire to produce players who possess guile and creativity as well as a desire to win is the platform in which the Unique FA staff work from.


Birth-Date Bias

Unique  FA monitor the birth dates of their Academy players, taking careful consideration of what month a player is born. Those players born in the months of May-August can often be emotionally, cognitively and physically immature in comparison to their peers who are born in that earlier part of the year September-December. The measurements of performance are generally unrealistic. Unique FA pays specific attention to these players who are born in the Summer months and will monitor these younger players amongst each other to give a truer reflection of where they are in terms of their development.


The ethos of Unique FA is based on 4 core values:

These values underpin everything we do at Unique FA.

To find out more about the various programmes on offer please click below.