The Russell Martin Academy supports young people aged 7-19 years by providing development opportunities for players of all abilities and backgrounds. Through our high-quality football provision and regular contact with our positive, professional role models we aim to offer all players the opportunity of personal progression rather than results driven.
RMA provides an array of football services, from Professional Development Centres and Elite Centres for those players that require more structured and challenging sessions down to our development and Saturday Soccer Centres that cater for beginners and those looking for a more social approach to the game. All our centres are designed to offer an environment that will engage, challenge and develop every player.
The Russell Martin Foundation is pleased to offer a football education programme at Varndean College, Shoreham Academy and Newhaven FC, available to young people aged between 16 & 19. The programme is run by Jay Lovett, UEFA A Licensed Coach and he is assisted by other UEFA qualified coaches.
RMA are proud to offer several opportunities for girls to develop and enjoy their football through our regular weekly mid-week and Saturday training sessions, holiday courses, after school clubs and mini festivals.
Our Development Centres offer a fun, sociable and excellent learning platform, introducing football and a safe and enjoyable environment in which to develop new skills and make new friends.
We have three RMA Girls training centres at present with one mid-week session at Portslade Sports Centre and Saturday sessions at Hove Park.
Our RMA Saturday Soccer Schools are fun filled sessions where players can come and enjoy a more relaxed environment to enjoy their football. Our Saturday sessions offer the perfect environment for beginners of the game who can make new friends and build their footballing confidence while learning new skills.
Our Saturday sessions are open to boys and girls of all abilities aged from 5 year upwards. Our Saturday sessions are a good location to prepare players for future development at our Academy or a club level.
Each session will look at teaching the children the basic skills such as dribbling, ball control, passing as well as functional movement skills to improve their balance and coordination.
Russell Martin Foundation holiday courses are a safe, secure and incredibly fun way for boys and girls aged (5+) to learn everything about football, during the school holidays. From the basic skills to lessons in tactics, fitness, and healthy eating all from FA/SFA qualified coaches.
We don’t just stop at Football. During the summer holidays we provide a range of multi-sport activities for your child to enjoy. From Tag Rugby, Cricket, Hockey to Basketball, Netball and Golf.
RMA Aspire is a unique player care service that supports the development of a range of players from top talents at pro clubs to emerging talents looking to break into elite level football.
The RMA Goalkeeping Centre is a specialised session for young goalkeepers to practice their unique skills. Our highly qualified goalkeeping coaches deliver high quality sessions to improve our players handling, positioning, distribution and decision making in 1v1s.
Alongside our goalkeeping sessions we also offer all of our attendees the opportunity to attend an outfield sessions at a discounted cost to support their development in footwork, balance and ability on the ball.
The Russell Martin Foundation work throughout the year with several partners and organisations to offer a wide range of events that benefit both our members and the community.
Our events range from Football Tournaments, mini festivals, Summer Holiday Course to fundraisers, mentoring programmes and community days.
Through our events we aim to offer participants an opportunity to experience unique occasions that will create lasting memories.
Our 3G pitch is in high demand and hosts a wide range of activities for benefiting not just RMA but also local clubs, schools and the local community.
The pitch is a 3G surface with floodlights and can be hired in 3 options (9-a-side, 7-a-side and 5-a-side), making it the perfect venue for football.
The pitch is in Hove Park next to the Tennis Courts and can be booked via our bookings button below.
Our pitch is fully manned, and our friendly staff are always happy to help.
We believe that Football is for all and our Disability sessions offer players of all ages and all disabilities the opportunity to play.
We are proud to offer our support to the Sussex FA pledge project and support Disability Football.
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