The Elite Programme was established in 2013 to provide a training environment for players who were signed at professional clubs or had recently been released from the professional club academy system.

Players who are excelling within their grassroots environments were later invited to join the programme, which now hosts players from all three scenarios.


The Elite Programme rivals the kind of development provided at many leading academies and is based on a blueprint all staff and players buy in to - the Unique Model of Development.  This essentially focuses on the technical aspects of a young player’s development as well as the psychological aspects of a young player’s cognitive growth.

All sessions are meticulously pre-planned with specific learning outcomes in mind and the tactical and physical aspects of a young players development are incorporated in sessions in a global approach to learning.

Video Analysis & Player Review System 

ALL training sessions are filmed and ALL members have the unique opportunity to use our partner software to not only analyse their own performance during training but also produce individual clips of themselves playing.  We provide each member with their own player highlight reel in addition to using the data during player reviews.

Each member is provided with a full oral review meeting at set times throughout the season, where the footage is reviewed with player and parent and through discussion new targets are set, relevant to each individuals needs.

Participants in the Elite Programme are not only educated as young football players but the wish of Unique FA is to instil the life-long skills of humility, dedication, honesty and pride within a Unique FA academy players make up.

A desire to succeed and be proud of your achievements is encouraged and players are encouraged to celebrate their strengths, whilst improving their weaknesses.

The players are coached by UEFA A & Pro-Licence Coaches & have access to all the tools young professionals enjoy today, with the latest technology including GPS monitoring & Video Analysis as well as the detailed training sessions taking place on the pitch.



As a ‘training academy’ first and foremost, our primary focus on this programme is working with elite players on the training pitch. We have an extremely strong team of experienced youth coaches; analysts; conditioning experts; sport therapists; position-specific coaches and much more. To find out more about the coaching team please click HERE.

All members of the Elite programme at Unique FA receive an oral mid-season review to discuss their progress with parents and senior academy staff. Action plans are put in place and with the use of the latest technology and science, our players have the opportunity to review their progress with objective evidence in front of them, which supports the more subjective approach provided by the coaching staff.

Success Stories

Since launching the Elite Programme numerous members have gone on to sign with professional clubs and academies.  To hear from some of them and see what people are saying about the academy, click HERE.

Who is the Elite Programme for?

Participation at the Elite Programme is for players age 8 - 16 and is by invitation only.  If you feel your child would be suitable to take part in the Invitation programme please email us at to discuss.