E.S.P.A. at Three Rivers Academy has been set up with the aim of offering an Elite Level College Football Programme similar to that of professional clubs in the UK.

Through structured tutoring and mentoring, our UEFA A licenced and ex-professional coaches, combined with high-quality teaching, aim to help players reach their potential as a player on the field and a student off it. We aim to ensure that all student-athletes are provided with several exit routes and opportunities to either play football, gain employment or continue onto further education.

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At E.S.P.A. we see competition as a key component of identifying players’ development during their time with us. In our vision, we want to be a competitive programme which encompasses a winning mentality, whilst creating an environment and atmosphere that allows all players regardless of ability the chance to develop.

To allow us to achieve this goal, we enter a range of competitions to give all players enough game time to experience a level relevant to their ability. This allows them to apply what they have learnt during the academy programme into competitive game situations. 

Players compete in the English Colleges FA League, English Schools' FA Cup, Surrey County Cup and Surrey Sixth Form League during their time with the E.S.P.A.



Three Rivers Academy, formerly known as Rydens Enterprise School, is a mixed secondary school and sixth form college in Hersham, Surrey. With 1,000 students aged between 11 and 18, a brand new development has provided outstanding facilities for the E.S.P.A. programme - including a six court sports hall, fitness suite, and a full size all-weather pitch.


"All our coaches are committed individuals who are enthusiastic about sport. Every member of Elite Sporting Provision has DBS clearance and are fully trained in safeguarding children and emergency aid"



One of the key strengths of the E.S.P.A. programme is the exit route opportunities players have access to at the end of the programme, as well as the support we provide the students in following these pathways. 

There are three pathways available through the programme. Continuing education with university and scholarships, going into employment, and heading into the game are all possibilities in the future. Find out more about these options by downloading the E.S.P.A. brochure.



A well-known name to supporters across the world, Luke Shaw was previously part of the Rydens School football team that reached the semi-finals of the under-15s national cup. He also carried his year to five consecutive borough finals, having been on the books of Southampton from the age of nine and progressing to the first team.

Shaw later swapped the school playing fields, where the first E.S.P.A. trial was held, for Old Trafford in a £30 million switch - a world record transfer fee for a teenager at the time. Already with an England cap to his name, the former Hersham boy was then called up to the 2014 World Cup squad and became the youngest player to feature in the prestigious tournament. The defender most recently lifted the Community Shield and Europa League alongside the likes of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.



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