Zig Zag strikes deal with Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy

The UK producer has secured a partnership with Leicester City FC and England striker Jamie Vardy's (picture) V9 Academy to produce a docuseries that will look for the game's next big soccer star.
May 10, 2016

UK producer Zig Zag Productions has secured a partnership with Leicester City FC and England striker Jamie Vardy’s (pictured) V9 Academy to produce the tentatively titled Jamie Vardy’s Having an Academy.

The 3 x 60-minute docuseries will follow Vardy fresh off the English Premiere League championship as he looks to find non-league talent through an educational academy, and mentor them into the next generation of soccer stars. It will also offer an in-depth look into how coaching, sport science, fitness methodology, talent identification and mental training is carried out at the elite level.

The academy will host its first intake of 42 players in May 2017 at Manchester City FC’s training complex with professional scouts and agents from Key Sports management in attendance. The candidates will be split into three teams of 14 players for a five-day residential program.

Jamie Vardy’s Having an Academy will also follow the stories of each hopeful in the lead-up to their time at the V9 Academy, while providing insight into Vardy’s past as a non-league player and a technician making medical splints.

The program is the outcome of a development deal with Fleet Street Sport & Media Group – the media services firm led by former Irish international and Sunderland FC chairman Niall Quinn.

The docuseries is the latest in a wave of soccer-related projects from Zig Zag. The London-based indie has most recently produced Bravo’s Fashanu’s Football Challenge, BBC3′s The Premier League’s Most Amazing Moments and Sky1′s Football Years.

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