15 YEARS OF THE SUCCESS

OVER THE LAST 15 YEARS THE PROGRAMME HAS REACHED OUT TO OVER 500 YOUNG MEN.

PROFESSIONAL CLUBS

40 PARTICIPANTS HAVE GAINED CONTRACTS WITH PROFESSIONAL CLUBS.

NON-LEAGUE CLUBS

OVER 200 PARTICIPANTS HAVE GAINED CONTRACTS AT NON-LEAGUE CLUBS

HIGHER LEARNING INSTITUTES

In excess of 90% of our participants have achieved an A-C or Pass grade in their chosen courses.

Who We are

A.S.P.I.R.E (Academic and Sporting Inspired Routes to Excellence) is a football and education programme for 16 -18 year old males. The programme was set up in July 2002 to enable young people to pursue their dream of playing professional football whilst also enjoying the advantages of furthering their education whether that is in a vocational or academic capacity.

It has always been our belief that professional clubs miss out on a lot of home grown talent, particularly in the 16-18 age groups. Our participants comprise of 1st (16-17) and 2nd (17-18) years there are 28 members of the squad. At the conclusion of their second year our aim is that the participants either progress into a higher learning institute, a career orientated work placement, or a possible career within professional football.

Success Stories

Simeon Jackson

Jackson was born in Kingston, Jamaica but grew up in Mississauga, Ontario. At the age of 15, he moved to England, where his talent was immediately identified by the ASPIRE coaching staff. He joined Rushden & Diamonds in 2004.

Albert Jarrett

Albert Jarrett is a Sierra Leonean international, and is currently playing for Gillingham. Jarrett started his career as a schoolboy at Arsenal, but when not offered a scholarship with them he joined Aspire and was offered a professional contract in the summer of 2003, at MK Dons.

George Elokobi

Elokobi joined ASPIRE after arriving in England from Cameroon in 2002, he was a valued member of a successful youth team before stepping up to league football with Colchester United in 2004 after being spotted by scouts whilst representing us in a Kent Youth League fixture.

Latest News

  • Diallang Jaiyesimi: Former Aspire Graduate signs new three-year contract for Norwich City

    The 19-year-old played for the Canaries’ under-23 side in the 2016-17 EFL Trophy and is on a season-long loan at League Two Grimsby Town. Jaiyesmi has made 17 appearances for the Mariners, and has scored one goal. “I’m pleased and grateful. The club have shown lots of faith in me and it makes me feel …

  • Dulwich Hamlet Academy crowned champions of Kent Youth League 18/19!

  • Aspire graduate, Ethan Pinnock makes League One, Team of the year.

    After a great season at Barnsley, including topping the clean sheet table this season, Ethan joins 4 of his team mates in the Team of the year!

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