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.


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.

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.
Dani Black
Dani BlackSports Performance Lecturer
Dani Black is currently one of our BTEC tutors. Dani Graduated from The University of Bath with a BSc is Sports Performance. Dani then completed her teaching qualification at The University of Warwick in 2014. Dani has recently completed her Level 4 qualification in Talented Athlete Lifestyle Management which has proven very useful in advising students on how to balance sport and education. Dani has a love for all sports but currently plays hockey for Khalsa Leamington HC. Outside of sport, Dani’s hobby is beekeeping!
Ollie Colebourne
Ollie ColebourneAssistant/GK Coach
Ollie is going to be working alongside Steve Walsh with the first team and he is also going to use his knowledge of goalkeeping to help develop all goalkeepers at the academy both technically and tactically. Ollie has been at the academy for 2 years where he studied a level 3 extended diploma in sport. He has decided to stay with the academy and further his education with the new BSc sports science and development programme.
In his spare time Ollie plays football for a local under 21 side and he also coaches football and is very driven to have a career in sport
Jack Lucas
Jack LucasAssistant Coach
Jack Lucas started helping with coaching in 2016 where he assisted with our Cub kickers and summer camps at AFDA.

Jack then went onto our BTEC course with AFDA in 2017 after finishing GCSEs at Countesthorpe college. Jack realised at this stage he wanted to become a coach, so Jack became more involved in more coaching within his first year at AFDA in after school clubs at Stoneygate School and Northfield House and still working with these schools to this day.

Jack completed his BTEC with us in July 2019 achieving the best possible grade he could get which is; D*D*D*. Jack was also awarded our Student of the Year 18/19.

Jack has decided to continue his development with AFDA by enrolling onto our degree programme. Jack will also be working with Muzzy Izzet and his team as a coach and has been given more roles and responsibilities when it comes to coaching in schools and open days.

Adam Timson
Adam TimsonAssistant Coach
Adam Timson has recently started a recruitment role with AFDA alongside that he is our 2nd team assistant coach. Adam joined the academy in 2015 as a BTEC student, where we gained a DMM as his overall grade.
Following on from this, Adam took up an apprenticeship with us at Stoneygate School, a preparatory School in Great Glen, where he undertook an NVQ Level 3 in supporting physical education in school sport
Adam is currently studying on our degree programme, where he hopes to gain the best grade possible to take him further in his coaching career.
In his spare time Adam is also a YPD coach at Leicester City Women’s football club.