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ACE Development Academy is dedicated to more positive change for girls in a male dominated sport. Launched in October 2017, Ace Development Academy was created solely for the development of young female football players aged 8 to 16 years who have a love of the game. Created by Allana ‘Ace’ Francis-Ashmeil her vision was to create a positive footballing environment that focused on skill development and confidence building. Our ethos is that anyone can play. We have players who have never played the sport before, players who are affiliated to local clubs and all those in between. Ace Development Academy aims to link players with local clubs, coaching courses and work experience, creating female football leaders of the future.

Since our launch the number of girls participating in our training sessions has increased weekly. We have girls from a variety of age groups, ethnicity, skill set and learning abilities. We currently offer Saturday sessions running term time only. These are skill based sessions and offer the opportunity for players to learn the fundamentals of the game. Each session also focuses on the theoretical side of the game giving players the chance to learn every element to the sport. Alongside our training sessions we host friendlies, run taster sessions in schools plus football festivals and events. 

All coaches at Ace Development Academy are CRB checked, and have FA footballing coaching badges. Coaches complete regular CPD training in safeguarding children and first aid.

About Coach Ace

As a player herself, Ace has a vast understanding of girls in the footballing world, which drives her passion to help bridge gaps. Playing for clubs such as QPR Ladies, Crystal Palace Ladies and currently AFC Wimbledon Ladies, Ace uses her footballing experiences to relate to all players she works with. Alongside her playing career she has added to her football CV, with coaching experience in the USA and Canada as well as completing FA coaching courses including FA levels 1, 2, first aid, coaching disabled footballers and FA psychology courses.

Born and bred in South London, sport became part of Ace’s life very early on. Her found love for football grew from recreational to a competitive level very quickly which lead her to also study sports from secondary school through to university. Now as a P.E teacher, coach, as well as a player she wants to give back to a sport that’s given her so much.

"Football has always been more than just a game to me. I can watch any game that comes on TV (even if it’s not the team I support) just so I can learn more. I believe every norm is there to be broken and I wanted to create an academy that pioneered that idea".
Coach Ace
Sporting Director and Head Coach