Despite the recent lockdown and ongoing restrictions, RIASA continues to deliver ongoing unique opportunities for our students to be able to pursue their primary passion, football.
With this in mind, we are extremely pleased to announce that RIASA will be hosting a 3 Team Tournament at Bradford City’s Valley Parade this Sunday the 2nd May 2021, with 2 of the RIASA teams competing against Barnsley’s Development Academy U’23 squad.
The structure of the day will allow maximum competition time on the pitch and will also be an excellent opportunity for RIASA student-athletes to be able to embrace a professional football club setup; playing on a professional pitch, the emotional excitement and anticipation of the dressing rooms and making their entrance through the long tunnel.
Following in the footsteps of all those many professional players that have gone before, not forgetting our Academy Director Mark Ellis who spent over 10 years playing professionally for the Bantams and always enjoys returning to his spiritual football home.
This opportunity not only highlights the uniqueness of the RIASA soccer programme which is available to all aspiring international and UK based student-athletes, but being part of an Undergraduate or Postgraduate football programme here in Leeds, ensures you will always have the opportunity to experience elite football at it’s best both on and off the pitch thanks to a team of equally passionate coaching, recruitment and operational staff.
“It’s a great opportunity to play in a professional 20,000+ stadium, the students will be able to showcase their abilities at the highest level in a real football club environment.”
– Gareth Prendergast
“This is a marvellous opportunity to play at an ex-premier league ground which has a fantastic playing surface. Aspiring student-athletes don’t get opportunities like this often; they must take this and embrace the overall experience.”
– Martin Hunter
The whole tournament will be LIVE streamed for family and friends to watch on the RIASA YouTube channel. You can subscribe here to make sure you don’t miss out on this exciting event.