Personal Skills Through training and playing in a disciplined environment, each student will acquire skills that are far more important than footballing ability alone. Responsibility, humility, self-confidence, teamwork, inter-personal skills and a positive attitude and disposition will be the hallmark of Pepsi Football Academy students. Footballing Skills The Pepsi Football Academy will provide the most talented and skilled youngsters with the opportunity to progress their career within football. Such students will also contribute to the future success of Nigeria as a footballing Nation.
Established in November 1992 by Kashimawo Laloko as a football school and based at the Agege Stadium (courtesy of the Lagos State Sports Council) the initiative secured the total backing of Pepsi in 1994 and has, since then, been titled the Pepsi Football Academy.
The Pepsi Football Academy, over the years has developed and grown into not only the largest and most significant football academy in Nigeria but possibly the African Continent and probably even Worldwide!
Today the Pepsi Football Academy comprises over 2,000 registered students aged between 6-18 yrs and operates throughout the year from 14 separate training centres, involving 54 coaches, across Nigeria. A far cry from the early days of just 45 students and 3 coaches training at the Agege Stadium Lagos!
Pepsi and the Seven Up Bottling Co. have, over the years, committed significant resources towards youth development programs in Nigeria. The Pepsi Football Academy was from the outset (and continues to be) a truly imaginative and important initiative.
The very size and scope of the academy is evidence enough of Pepsi's commitment to youth development and Pepsi's intent, through the academy, to provide the opportunity for so many youngsters to develop their talent. Many thousands of students have and will continue to benefit through their membership of the Pepsi Football Academy.
Football in Nigeria is a lifestyle, passion and obsession. With a population in excess of 150 million it seems that almost every youngster (there are over 50 million under the age of 18!) seeks the opportunity to improve their footballing skills and be a student of the Pepsi Football Academy.
The criteria for student membership (boys & girls) not only include evidence of special talent and attributes such as balance and speed but also attitude. Students of the academy must have a determined focus towards learning, practicing and accepting discipline... through regular attendance, good behaviour and a positive response to coaches instructions.
Initially, the Pepsi Football Academy offered introductory courses for interested youngsters across many locations in Nigeria with the most naturally talented recognised and selected as students. These days, with the Pepsi Football Academy so well established, the interest and demand for membership is immensly competitive. Hopeful youngsters apply almost daily for application and basic skills tests at each of the academy's 14 separate training centers. The criteria for selection, however, has never changed.
Vital to any success in football is the quality of coaching. At the Pepsi Football Academy we've some of the very best youth coaches.
All the academy's coaching staff are personally dedicated to their role of converting talent to skills and enabling the students to develop and better enjoy the World's No 1 sport.
Led by the director of the Pepsi Football Academy, Kashimawo Laloko (himself the former coach of Gambia, Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Association and a CAF instructor), the minimum qualification of our coaches is a Grade 3 coaching certificate from the National Institute of Sports.
There are over 50 coaches involved throughout the Pepsi Football Academy. The coaches are constantly exposed to various professional courses and coaching clinics which help to improve their knowledge of the game and ensure that they impart the right level of discipline in the students.
Many of the academy's coaches have also been professional footballers and some have represented Nigeria at International level.