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Advanced Football Development Academy

The Advanced Football Development Academy (AFDA) is primarily a post 16 education establishment based in Leicestershire which offers BTEC Sports qualifications to young male and female school leavers with an interest in football. Alongside our academic programmes, we also run a multi-sports coaching service, which we offer to schools, sports clubs and the community.

AFDA also deliver comprehensive training provision to businesses and individuals alike. AFDA offer a wide range of NVQ’s which take the form of apprenticeships, traineeships and up-skilling programmes to suit the needs and career goals of individuals and businesses around the UK.

With former Leicester City Footballers, Muzzy Izzet and Steve Walsh supporting your school, young people and businesses, now is a great time to get on board with us to engage, educate and inspire the existing and future generation.

Meet the team

Steve Walsh
Steve WalshDirector
Former Leicester City club captain, Steve Walsh made 430 appearances for the club between June 1986 and September 2000 scoring 62 goals. Steve joined the club in a £100,000 deal from Wigan Athletic in 1986.

Not just content with keeping the opposition at bay, Walsh had an impressive goal scoring record for a centre-back and was occasionally deployed as a make-shift striker. Walshy famously scored both City goals in the 1994 Play-off final victory over local rivals Derby County at Wembley.

Steve guided the club to their highest ever Premiership finish of 8th in the 1999/2000 campaign. Steve Walsh was voted Leicester City’s all-time cult hero by Football Focus viewers. Walsh won with 79% of the vote, ahead of fellow Leicester favourites Steve Claridge, Gordon Banks & Frank Worthington.

Honours:

League Cup Winner: 1997 & 2000

League Cup Runner-up: 1999

First Division Play-Off Winner: 1994, 1996

Fist Division Play-Off Runner-up 1992 & 1993

Freight Rover Trophy: 1985

Muzzy Izzet
Muzzy Izzet Director
Muzzy Izzet is a former Turkey International and Premier League Footballer.

The midfielder spent the majority of his successful career at Leicester City Football Club, but also spent time as a professional at Chelsea FC and later at Birmingham City FC.

Muzzy was an integral part of Leicester City’s League Cup winning team in 97/00 and was a part of the 1996 play-off winning side. His partnership with Neil Lennon in central midfield was one of the main reasons for Leicester City’s successful stay in the Premier League for a number of years.

Muzzy Izzet also holds the honour of representing his country Turkey on the biggest stage of them all, the FIFA World Cup. Izzet was part of Turkey’s semi-final team in the 2002 World Cup played in South Korea and Japan.

Kayleigh Budd
Kayleigh BuddBusiness Development Manager
Kayleigh is the Academy’s Business Development Manager who manages the AFDA sites and staff, she is responsible for BTEC recruitment and oversees and assesses the apprenticeship programmes. Kayleigh received an Upper Division Second Class Honours Degree in Applied Sport Science from Loughborough University. Kayleigh joined AFDA in 2014 following 6 years of working in varying roles within two different schools as sports coach, offsite caseworker, health and safety officer and education visits coordinator. During her employment within the education sector and leisure industry, Kayleigh has obtained an array of qualifications including:

FA Level 1 and Level 2 in Coaching Football
Power Kiting Instructor
Fitness Instructor
Boxercise Instructor
IOSH Managing Safely
Concept two Rowing Instructor
Training, Assessment, Quality and Assurance Course (TAQA)
ILM Management Diploma

In her spare time, Kayleigh enjoys running, squash and table tennis and has played competitively in football, gaelic football and rugby. She also has a keen interest in comedy writing, music and theatre.

Ngoni Chakala
Ngoni ChakalaSports Lecturer
Ngoni Chakala is currently our year 2 students’ lecturer who graduated from the university of Derby where he undertook a BSc Joint Honours degree in Sports Psychology and Sports Development.
Ngoni grew up here in Leicester attending local schools such as Babington Community College (now referred to as Babington Academy) and also Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth College for his A levels.
A football fan through and through, he also has a counselling qualification along with his coaching badges; both which are useful in the day to day requirements of his profession at AFDA.
Outside work commitments, he is also a Youth leader in a local church (DFMI Leicester) taking on pastoral care of the youth members in the church’s ministry & is also a bassist at the church too.
Josh Hartop
Josh HartopAssistant Coach
Harry Mclean
Harry McleanAssistant Coach