London-based indie television prodco Zig Zag Productions will deliver a six-part documentary series featuring Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy for Sky Sports, the UK network has confirmed.
The as-yet-untitled series is a co-production with Krempelwood Entertainment. It will follow Vardy’s V9 Academy, which seeks to discover young soccer talent and promote them to the professional game.
The academy will hold its first intake of players in May 2017 at Manchester City FC’s training complex. In all, 42 successful applicants will be split into three teams of 14 players for a five-day residential program.
Each one-hour episode will look to provide behind-the-scenes insight into how coaching, sport science, fitness methodology, talent identification and mental training is carried out at the elite level. The series will also follow the stories of the hopefuls in the build up to their time in the V9 Academy and provide and insight into Vardy’s own time in non-league football.
“Jamie Vardy without doubt was the poster boy for the phenomenal story that was Leicester winning the league last season. Now he wants to offer that fairytale opportunity to others like him who are playing in the non-league and want to be professionals,” said Danny Fenton, CEO Zig Zag Productions, in a statement.
The series was developed with Fleet Street Sport & Media Group and and is the latest in a series of TV sports projects from Zig Zag which includes Fashanu’s Football Challenge (Bravo), Eddie Jordan’s Bad Boy Racers (Channel 5), The Premier League’s Most Amazing Moments (BBC3) and Football Years (Sky One).