- From 2011-2014, we had 250 current and former professional players and coaches instruct at Sports International programs. No other organization in the nation can make this claim.
- The coaching staff will thoroughly train and prepare each player during the entire camp to be a better, more confident football player. With excellent football, recreational and housing facilities and top coaches, trainers and pro players, our goal is to give each participant the finest football instruction available and a program they will never forget! Parents and relatives are encouraged to attend the final practice and awards ceremony.
- Daily instruction, lectures and demonstrations by Aqib Talib & Aaron Dobson and members of the New England Patriots. Participants get the opportunity to learn the same offensive and defensive techniques that the New England Patriots players are taught by coaches in the pros in an encouraging and fun atmosphere. A true football training experience!
- Aqib Talib & Aaron Dobson and members of the New England Patriots will get right down in the dirt with you and teach what you need to know! We guarantee there will be members of the New England Patriots at the Aqib Talib & Aaron Dobson Football Academy.
- Participants learn from outstanding veteran college and high school coaches selected for their ability to coach and teach the game of football. Participants are taught at an approximately 10:1 ratio. This ratio ensures that particpants receive individual and team instruction on both offense and defense at the academy.
- All Positions. We teach the essential elements of successful football for every offensive and defensive position. The instruction stresses both position-specific and team play. Players select their own offensive and defensive positions.
- Grouping Players. Players are carefully grouped by age, ability, size, experience, and aggressiveness.
- All the football a player could want! Players receive up to 6 hours of instruction each day. The Aqib Talib & Aaron Dobson Academy is helmets and shoulder pads only. The academy is a limited contact program with the required equipment of a helmet and shoulder pads. We believe helmets and shoulder pads during practice are the best way to teach fundamentals, blocking, tackling instruction, form, so players can apply proper posture, footwork, head and hand position in a controlled manner. Limited contact is the perfect median between non-contact and full contact.
- There will be an award ceremony held at the end of the academy. The coaching staff will select the outstanding athletes in each age group and awards will be presented (photos are allowed). During this ceremony, the Gridiron Elite members will be announced (for ages 15 - 18 only).
- High school players aged 15-18 are eligible for the exclusive Gridiron
Elite. A detailed information
packet on each member of the Gridiron Elite will be sent to
over 2,500 college
football coaches to help
each player receive recognition at the college level. Through our partnership with NCSA, they will send each award winners information to an additional 5,000 coaches across the country. This is great nationwide exposure that a player might not get from playing at their high school alone. This unique service is very respected by the college coaches. It has enabled hundreds of players to continue their football careers and many have received scholarships. If you would like to play at the college level, this will be an excellent opportunity to receive the best instruction available and to be seen by an outstanding lineup of college coaches.
- Outstanding recruiting and scholarship opportunities. The coaching staff for high school age players is made up primarily of college coaches recruiting for their schools. Each year several players go on to play college football. If a high school player wants to play at the college level, the opportunity to meet and work with the college coaches on staff is priceless.
- National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) - There will be an NCSA speaker at selected locations to educate campers on the "5 things you need to know" and the "5 things you must do to get recruited."
If applicable, NCSA will give a valuable talk to the each camper and their parents in attendance on the last day of camp. Each parent will have the opportunity to speak with a recruiting expert at the conclusion of the seminar, as well as register with NCSA for additional information.
- Bradley Kasper with
Complete Student-Athlete, LLC- Bradley Kasper will discuss preparation and opportunity as they pertain to
Academic and Athletic achievement. There will be a focus on related components, such as accountability, reliability, and responsibility, and
how they relate to Goal Setting and Work Ethic. His goal is to convey the importance of taking control of one’s academic and athletic development
and the importance of holding oneself accountable rather than relying solely or predominantly on others (parents, teachers, coaches, teammates, etc.)
Additionally, a model of goal setting will be presented as will an understanding of how setting goals and creating a roadmap for development combined
with the proper work ethic will allow greater probability of achieving desired success.
- FREE Training Session by Velocity Sports Performance Norwood or Lowell, MA – (a $75 to $150 value). Campers will
receive a free training session at the Velocity in Norwood, or Lowell, MA. Campers will be tested for Quickness, Reaction, Agility,
Power and Speed. Performance testing is a recruiting tool used by college football coaches. Campers wishing to improve in their performance
testing can contact the Velocity training staff to schedule workouts at
www.velocitysp.com/norwood or by calling 781-349-8434.
RISE athlete support programs will be speaking at the Aqib Talib and Aaron Dobson Football Academy this summer. RISE exists to provide young athletes with the resources needed to develop as strong team and community leaders.
- Players learn more than just football at the academy. They are taught about teamwork, consideration of others, self-discipline, and how to attain their potential in sports and in life. Players also learn the importance of achieving good grades and selecting correct role models.
- Autographs from members of the New England Patriots. We will suggest holding an organized autograph session when members of the New England Patriots are in are in the academy and they have always been very cooperative. If a player is unavailable for autographs, we should respect their wishes and appreciate the pro player attending and instructing at the academy. We cannot guarantee a participant will receive every guest's autograph because each guest's schedule is unique.
- SUPERVISION AND BACKGROUND CHECKS! Safety and security of your son are a concern for Sports International, and therefore, we conduct background checks on all staff, coaches, and father volunteer counselors that attend the academy. In addition, there are athletic trainers on duty 24 hours a day to attend to the player’s needs. On the field, your son is under the watchful eye of our coaching staff and off the field father counselors are in charge of supervision. In addition, the majority of the campuses where we hold our programs have campus police and/or security staff on campus and available 24 hours a day.
- Meals - Daily buffet style breakfast, lunch, and dinner complete with a large variety of tasty selections for the training athlete. Lunch and dinner only provided for commuters.
- 4 days and 3 nights of housing accommodations on campus. Use of the recreational facilities is included.
- All participants will receive a free academy T-shirt.
- Football Equipment Needed - Helmet, one light and one dark football jersey, shoulder pads, mouth piece, and football shoes (no metal cleats). Equipment is available to rent for nominal fee.