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Life at the NFL Academy

The NFL Academy is geared to creating positive pathways for each student-athlete and setting them up best for the next stage of life be that in or outside of football.

There is a support system including a head coach, a position coach, strength and conditioning coaches, nutritionists, physios, college advisors and more for the team to guide each individual to be on the best developmental path for their future.

It is a college-preparatory environment as students are expected to train and behave in a manner that mirrors the next-level. That means there are certain expectations of our student athletes such as academic success, daily training (field or gym work) and a responsibility to themselves and the team.

Development is tracked across all facets including academically and on-field (through film evaluations, combine testing, strength and conditioning goals and position-specific statistics).

The NFL Academy will provide significant opportunities for collegiate exposure throughout they year via games against American opposition to camp trips in the States. The goal for each player on the field is to be a smart, fast, physical and fundamental football player who does whatever it takes to win and leaves no doubt.


Film session with DC Daniel Docal

The leadership development program is designed to advance key characteristics, knowledge and skills necessary for optimal well-being and performance. Athletes participate in interactive workshops and education that take a holistic approach to understanding what it means to be a student-athlete and how to succeed in university, the NFL and within life. The program focuses on areas such as mental resilience, team building, nutrition and life skills to ensure the character development of athletes in the Academy.

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is one of the world’s best universities for sport and has been awarded the Times and Sunday Times Sports University of the Year 2022.

Loughborough’s unparalleled success at the very pinnacle of global sport is based on taking a holistic approach to athlete development. The team within their performance sport environment has a proven track record of developing hundreds of elite-level athletes including Olympic, Paralympic and World Champions across a broad range of sports.

The campus is one of the world’s best integrated sports development environments and has the country’s largest concentration of world-class sports facilities. This includes one of the UK’s largest strength and conditioning gyms, an Olympic size swimming pool and high quality grass and synthetic pitches.

Loughborough’s long history of sporting success spans performance, facilities, expertise and working partnerships, culminating at Tokyo 2020 where Loughborough associated athletes secured 20% of Team GB’s medal haul.

Loughborough College

On the academic side, Loughborough College’s award-winning teaching staff deliver high quality programmes which inspire, motivate and create life-changing opportunities for learners. On top of that, we offer a fantastic home at our Ofsted Outstanding Gables accommodation and first-class pastoral and wellbeing support.

In the Heart of England

Loughborough is a vibrant and friendly town in the beating heart of the East Midlands. Its bustling town centre and historic market have seen millions of pounds of investment in recent years and is a perfect place for food, drink, shopping and leisure.

The town is surrounded by lush greenery, scenic woodland walks and historical landmarks and is a mecca for walkers, families, friends, dog walkers and ramblers – the perfect antidote to the social buzz of town.