The Academy

For the last 20 years, Ambassadors Football has run the Academy Training programme with over 60 individuals from 10 different nations to effectively share Jesus through football. Many of these have used the academy as a launchpad into careers in the sports industry, full time church ministry, sports ministry as well as joining ambassadors full time.

The programme is designed to develop you in 3 areas:

Discipleship: You will be challenged to go deeper and grow stronger in your faith; with your placement church, as a group of trainees and with the staff team.

Evangelism: You will learn how to effectively share your faith through football; in weekly sessions, camps, tournaments and other contexts.

Leadership: You will gain leadership qualities as you earn football coaching qualifications; learning how to run sessions, lead different age groups and share your football skills.

Check out Stevie’s story of how the internship made a difference in his life in the videos below:


“My year with Ambassadors gave me the opportunity to use my love of football to share the word of God. It helped me grow both as a Christian and as an individual. The internship was a great look into the world of sports missions and how God can use sport to reach people.”
Ex-trainee Helena, Health Mentor

“The internship has given me the opportunity to explore, train and learn how football can effectively be used to serve communities and transform lives whilst also enabling me to grow in my own personal walk with God”
Ex-trainee James Yielder, Youth Worker

How The Academy Works

You will be placed in a church or community that already has football outreach programmes. You will help deliver these sessions in a variety of different settings. These could range from children & youth football, to our marginalised football projects. You will be able to play and coach as well as mentor different members of the groups. You will build relationships with participants over the course of the academy as well as assisting one-off events such as camps and tournaments.

Every week you will also meet the other trainees online. We participate in the Ridley Award – a Sports Ministry specific award run by Ridley College, Cambridge. You will be given specific training for football ministry ideas at camps, regular sessions, tournaments and church outreach projects. Additionally you will learn about how to share Jesus with different people groups in different cultures and settings.

All of our projects support local church outreach, so it is really important that throughout the year you are part of one. You will be placed in a local church where part of your weekly activities will be to serve that church. These opportunities would be church specific, but recently our trainees have helped with children and youth groups, got involved in worship teams, served in cafes, mentored players, led services and supported bible study groups.

Academy Information

Dates: September 2023 – July 2024

Location: London and Manchester (but not exclusively)

Ministry Cost: £2600. This covers the Ambassadors expenses for the year that includes training costs, FA qualifications, uniform and travel expenses. (Further costs may be incurred by overseas applications).

Our church partnerships help cover costs towards accommodation and food.

Ambassadors Football is dependent on partners and churches who support individuals spiritually and financially to make our work sustainable as we share Jesus through football. We call this Ministry Partner Development.

Before and during the academy year we provide training to be able to help you build a team around you. You can set up a Stewardship account where you will receive donations personally that will cover your personal and ministry costs with us.

However, we don’t want finances to be a barrier to application so please contact us using the details below if you would like to discuss this further.

UK Coaching Tour: At the end of your training year you will have the opportunity to take part in a coaching tour of the UK. During the tour you coach at camps with other international coaches. It is an amazing experience!

How To Apply

Please complete the Ambassadors Academy Application and return to Claire.

For further information or if you have any questions please contact Claire on [email protected]

This years trainees at The Academy

Name: Alex
Based: London
Football Team: Everton

I absolutely love football! I want to improve as a coach/leader of young people. I have already had so many opportunities through Ambassadors to lead young people It has been really fun and rewarding!

It’s clear God has positioned me here in East London. I would appreciate prayer for more meaningful conversations with the young people about their faith.

Name: Matthew-Luke
Based: Manchester
Football Team: Burnley

I’ve joined the academy as I am extremely passionate about spreading God’s love and football and believe that the work Ambassadors does helps to combine both of these and can also help me gain good experience in both.

I’m hoping to gain experience in all aspects of christian youth and communities work whilst also developing my coaching skills in a way that is useful to God.