The Return of Catapult Sports

V9 are delighted to announce the return of Catapult Sports for this year’s programme. In our inaugural year, Catapult provided insightful GPS statistical information from games, which coaches and players were able to access and utilise for analysis purposes. This year we are pleased to develop this partnership further with the world leader in elite sports performance analytics, facilitating various speed and agility tests for the players which are comparative to those done in most Premier League clubs. Therefore, this year’s cohort are benefitting from an additional layer sports science support which provides them with an understanding of what levels the top players in the UK perform at. V9 are extremely appreciative of Catapult’s support to help track and improve performance, and we are sure the players will be too.

V9 Academy 2018 Launch

V9 Academy 2018 was launched at the King Power Stadium on Thursday 25th January. The V9 team were joined by V9 graduate Alex Penny, now plying his trade in League One for Peterborough United. Alex and Jamie meet each other in the FA Cup 4th Round on Saturday 26th June when Leicester travel to Peterborough’s ABAX Stadium. Journalists from around the country were at the launch to cover the fantastic announcement of V9’s second season. Here are some of the images from the press conference.


V9 Coaches Confirmed

V9 are delighted to announce the recruitment of the full time professional coaches who will oversee the 5 day programme from 5th June to 9th June at the Etihad complex. Alan Stubbs and John Doolan are a management team who experienced great success at Hibernian FC in Scotland, winning the 2016 Scottish Cup. Chris Ramsey and Simon Ireland are another duo with impressive footballing pedigree. Chris has coached at the highest level including a stint as manager of QPR and was appointed Technical Director in 2016 whilst Simon is currently Head of Coaching and Coach Education at Loftus Road. Former Scotland International Robbie Stockade is developing an excellent reputation at Sunderland where he is the First Team coach and Travis Binnion is Head of Coaching and Academy Manager at Sheffield United where he has been pivotal in the progress of their successful under 21 and under 18 teams. Finally the vastly experienced David Coles, once goalkeeping coach at Southampton and now at Bristol City will be putting the three V9 goalkeepers through their paces. As well as these professional coaches V9 will also be recruiting four coaches from non-league to ensure opportunities for those involved in non-league does not just stop at the players.

Academy Dates Confirmed

We have confirmed with Manchester City FC that V9 will run from Monday 5th June – Friday 9th June with players and coaches arriving on the evening of Sunday 4th June. The V9 team wanted to give as much notice as possible to players and staff to allow them to make necessary childcare, work and holiday arrangements.


Project Leader & Head of Recruitment

Lee is a Senior Lecturer in Sport Development and Sport & Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett University who has been given time away from his role in Higher Education to work as Project Leader and Head of Recruitment at the V9 Academy.

He has experience of playing football at various levels, starting out as a young professional with Middlesbrough FC before moving on to Darlington. Similar to Jamie Vardy, Lee suffered setbacks getting released from both clubs therefore having great empathy with many of the players looking to get back into the professional arena through the V9 Academy.

Lee had a brief spell playing professionally in Singapore whilst he also played at steps 7-9 with Bishop Auckland, Spennymoor Town and Guisborough Town. He coached in Middlesbrough FC’s highly regarded Academy between 1995 and 2002 working with future professionals such as Stewart Downing, Tony McMahon, James Morrison and David Murphy.

Lee has continued his involvement in football helping to manage various non-league teams in the North East alongside his full time role at Leeds Beckett. Lee will be coordinating our recruitment and five day programme through working alongside our talented scouts and coaching staff.