What Is Niagara Soccer Skills Academy

Individual player development.

We are hyper-focused on building fundamental soccer skills. We are not a team. We want to make your child a more effective player whether you play for a team or not.

We want to pass on our decades of experience to provide an environment where your child can practice. Whether they are a beginner or advanced player, practice makes perfect.

Our class sizes are kept small and with two coaches per class, your child's soccer development is optimized to succeed. Our programs are intended for 7-14 year olds.


Sam Blakeley

Sam Blakeley - Founder Niagara Soccer Skills Academy

Founder of Niagara Soccer Skills Academy, Sam Blakeley was born and raised in Manchester, England.

Sam played for his local team, school and professional club Bury FC. From age 9-16 he trained weekly in the Bury School of Excellence and played against the best teams such as Manchester Utd, Manchester City & Liverpool.

At 16 he was released from Bury FC and joined a semi-professional team, Chadderton FC. He played there for two years before moving to Canada in 1999.

Since then he has played in Niagara for clubs such as Concorde OSL, Club Roma and German Village.

Soccer is his ultimate passion.

Richard Grassie

Richard Grassie Niagara Soccer Skills Academy

Growing up in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England, Richard instantly fell in love with the sport and trained at the Newcastle School of Excellence before moving to Canada.

Always with a ball at his feet Richard has played soccer either for his school team, his local club or both. Many of you may also recognize him from On the Ball, Niagara's local soccer store where he worked for over 10 years.

Married with two boys, Richard naturally progressed into coaching soccer. He has coached kids of all ages and assisted with coaching soccer camps at the University of Charleston and the University of Marshall.

Eat, sleep and breathe soccer is what best describes Richard.


Located in Niagara Falls. Our indoor locations provide a clean and safe environment for our soccer skills academy.

James Morden School Gym

7112 Dorchester Rd

Niagara Falls, ON L2G 5V6

Orchard Park School Gym

3691 Dorchester Rd

Niagara Falls, ON L2J 3A5

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