Football Dreams: The Academy

South Shore for Channel 4

Editor: Charlie Webb

This six part series will follow the unique relationships between the staff, players and their families at the South London based Crystal Palace F.C. Academy to reveal the work that goes in to developing the next generation of footballing talent. Filmed over twelve months, the series captures the hopes and dreams of the Academy squads, club coaches and staff who help the young players achieve their potential. Aged between eight to eighteen, these players are all striving to complete the life-changing journey from grassroots football to Premier League star.

The series was commissioned by Jonah Weston who said: “The Premier League is the richest football league in the world.  But getting there is an intense journey where few succeed. I’m excited to be able to share that journey with the Channel 4 audience, as we follow the hopes and dreams of the boys giving everything for their shot at the big time.”

Charlie Webb who edited the Parents episode said “I really enjoyed working on the series and the parents’ episode which had its challenges as we were following the kids and their parents, it was a challenge to interweave both their threads as we had double the characters but think we did it well and got to enjoy both their journeys”.

The series starts Thursday 11th August on Channel 4 at 9pm.