Stoke City FC Academy

Get Stoked! At the Western International School of Shanghai

What is Stoke?

The Stoke City FC Academy at Western International School of Shanghai (WISS) is a Premier League Communities football (soccer) youth academy that offers students top-level football training with professional coaches from the Stoke City Football Club. The Stoke City FC Academy at WISS was set up to provide elite football training in Shanghai and to showcase the school’s extracurricular excellence as well as Stoke City FC’s commitment to developing new talent.

Three coaches from the Stoke City FC are at WISS throughout the year to work with players selected into the Academy. It is an outstanding opportunity for students to learn from coaches with top-level qualifications and some who have played professionally themselves. Students also have the chance to travel to the Stoke City FC ground in the UK and train within their Youth Academy.

Stoke City FC is the oldest club in the Premier League Communities and this is the first football program of its kind, offering first-rate coaching throughout the year to students in Shanghai. Every session encourages players to become skilled, confident, and creative individuals, who can produce these skills in a match. The Stoke City FC Academy at WISS is about coming together as a team, improving players’ skills and, of course, having fun. Aside from the high-level football skills, it teaches commitment, discipline, and focus.

Mission Statement

To provide quality coaching for players of all ages and abilities to allow improvement of skills and enjoyment of the game and in so doing showing the opportunities available to pursue football for the most talented and those who wish to pursue a career in the game as players, coaches or administrators.

Why Choose Stoke FC Academy at WISS?

Stoke City FC Academy at WISS is a premier Shanghai youth football program that gives 6 to 17-year-olds the opportunity to learn the Stoke City FC way through an intensive football schedule alongside the education. Stoke City FC is a club which is rich in history, with a very good track record of developing top players. Stoke is a community club who believe in helping young and potential players in Shanghai by providing football opportunities through their community work, development squads, and their high–quality academy system.

Benefits
of the Academy

The Stoke City FC Academy at WISS is a great opportunity for students to follow their passion for football and improve their game.

The Academy is a full year program coached by three top coaches from Stoke City football club. The training program is based on the program at the Stoke City FC Academy in England. Every session encourages players to become skilled, confident, and creative individuals, who can produce these skills in a match. The Academy is about coming together as a team, improving players’ skills and of course, having fun. Aside from the high-level football skills, it teaches commitment, discipline and focus.

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Stoke FC Academy at WISS: Shanghai Football Programs

Under 7 & Under 8
This group trains twice weekly after school. The program is mainly ball manipulation and getting as many touches of the ball as possible. The team is part of the T98 friendly league (no points scheme) and play 5 vs 5 matches over the weekend.
Under 9
This group trains three times weekly after school. The team is part of the T98 football league and play matches over the weekend. The program is divided into 3 parts: 1) Technical, 2) Game Related and 3) Small-sided Games.
Under 13
This group trains three times weekly after school. They are part T98 football league and play matches over the weekend. Their program is divided into 4 parts: 1) Technical, 2) Game Related, 3) Possession and 4) Small-sided Games.
Development Squad
This group trains two times a week after school. Training sessions are all technical sessions, looking to improve players to make the step up into the academy teams. The Development Squad does not play matches on the weekend however they have small-sided games in their sessions which consist of 3 vs 3 – 5 vs 5.
Under 18
This group trains three times a week after school. They are part of the SPL football league and play matches over the weekend. They will be introduced to more tactical detail and roles and responsibilities to play 11 vs 11.
Girls Mixed Grade 7-12
This group is a new all-girls initiative to help players improve technically and physically whilst gaining confidence in the sport.

More Opportunities With Stoke FC Academy

Stoke City FC Academy at WISS does not only offer premier youth football (soccer) training for players in Shanghai. There are various other football programs throughout the year that give families, adults, and kids in Shanghai opportunities to improve their health and football skills.
Stoke City FC Academy School Holiday Camps

Skills camps are typically offered during Chinese New Year and summer.

Stoke City FC Academy at WISS Pint Size and Primary Potters


The Pint Size Potters (EY) and Primary Potters are the newest addition to our Stoke City Football Program at WISS. WISS students of all soccer abilities in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5 are welcome.

Interested in joining Stoke City FC Academy?

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Meet the Coaches

Our Approach to Coaching

  • Skill is the foundation that all other parts of the game can be built on.
  • The Golden Ages of Skills learning is 7-16 years old.
  • Excellence demands effort and planned deliberate practice of increasing difficulty.
  • Team success depends on Individual and Small Group Skills.
Tom
Head Coach

  • FA Level 1 & 2 in Football, Youth Module 2, USSF D License qualifications
  • Coached College level football in England
  • Worked in a professional academy in the USA
  • Coached Nationally ranked teams in the US
  • Taught PE from primary school to high school ages in China
  • Specialized 1-1 coaching in USA and China
  • Coached 3 years old up to men’s football

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Kane
Coach

  • Stoke City Community Trust coach (England)
  • Ex Shantou Lions FC professional player
  • Experience playing Semi Pro in England, Australia & China
  • Experience coaching in England, Australia, Norway & China
  • 1-1 Technical Coach
  • Football Federation Australia Grassroots Certificate
  • FA Coaching Disabled Players Certificate

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Tyler
Coach

  • FA Level 1 in Football Coaching
  • USSF National D License
  • Coached youth football in England, USA and China
  • Worked for a Professional Spanish Football Academy
  • Coached high school football in England
  • Coached ages 3-15 years old

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The Stoke Experience

We have witnessed many fine achievements over a short period of time with older players being offered professional contracts and achieving the dream. Others have improved social skills and fitness.
The coaching staff and management Stoke City
Six years and counting, my sons have been part of a team that goes beyond, that walk that extra mile, that does what needs to be done to make players fit to live their dreams! This team that gets you stoked at WISS.

Stoke City @ WISS makes us feel proud, gives us assurance of professional sportsmanship, and leaves us feeling welcome at all times.

Lenie,
mother of Udo U13
Fiamma really enjoys Stoke City. Last year she had the opportunity to train with boys and girls, to try different roles and she improved her skills. She likes the friendly atmosphere and the coach, and looks forward to the training and the games.
Silvia, mother of
Fiamma U10
Nitai has been with Stoke City for three years. His passion for the game is a result of the professional and positive environment the team at Stoke has provided.

There is a great sense of community at Stoke alongside sportsmanship. We are very proud to see how Nitai has developed as a soccer player and a young student. Thank you, Stoke.

Osher – father of Nitai U10