Sporting Duet Academy was established in 2004 by Cyrille Allain and Alain Schibl with the aim of offering players from all backgrounds the opportunity to experience a professional football development similar to what the pair grew up with in their youth. The Academy grew alongside London’s French Community offering curricular and extra-curricular football sessions to local schools, with Club Ambassador Robert Pires (Arsenal and France Legend) joining the team in 2014 reinforcing how far the club had come.
Now with over 1,000 registered players, the Academy has grown from strength to strength, delivering after school football sessions throughout the week, including Saturday League and Sunday Elite League football, as well as the Goalkeeper’s Academy, football birthday parties, Football Camps in London and tournaments abroad during the season.

The Academy has built up a reputation for being one of London’s best multi-national football clubs at developing young talent and providing quality coaching in a safe environment. The Academy prides itself on its fully qualified, multi-cultural and diverse team, and welcomes children and young adults of all nationalities and backgrounds, of both sexes, and of all abilities between the ages of 5 and 18 years of age.
As well as developing their football skills, learning to communicate and teaching their players to be part of a team, the Sporting Duet Academy’s main aim is to ensure all its members progress on and off the pitch whilst learning to play with Confidence, Passion and Respect.

The Education & Football Foundation


Providing professional and Safe drop-in football sessions for Players of all backgrounds and abilities , to help promote social intergration .
 Encouraging players to find a balance between their football and their education by teaching them important life values through football to help them in any walk of life.
Supporting parents by offering subsidised subscription fees to ensure every player can continue to develop their passion for football.



The Sporting Duet Academy is incredibly proud to partner with professional club Racing Club De Lens (www.rclens.fr) since 2017, a partnership born out of a common passion for football as well as matching values on and off the pitch.
As well as providing our players with a route to the professional game, and opportunities to take part in the “Sang et Or” football camps at the world famous facilities La Gaillette in the North of France (www.stagessangetor.com), the new partnership has provided a platform for the Academy to showcase their best young talent in the London Youth Premiere League, with three of our age groups competing as RC Lens London against professional teams such as Crystal Palace, Norwich and Cambridge United in the Elite Level League. RC Lens London creates a professional environment for their coaches and players to develop and progress with their football, with all training sessions and matches taking place at the fantastic newly developed facility Club Des Sports in East Acton (www.clubdessports.co.uk).
Through the partnership we have also launched the RC Lens London Cup, an annual international U13s tournament inviting the best grassroots football clubs from home and abroad to play against professional clubs taking place at one of the best facilities available, the first of its kind in the English capital! See video above!
Players and parents will also be able to experience the world famous hospitality at the Bollaert-Deleis Stadium, and take their seats amongst its wonderful fans. RC Lens London – Dream France, Dream Lens.


In 2016 the Sporting Duet Academy was selected to become a Nike Partner Club due to the club’s ongoing commitment to raising standards in grassroots football in London.
Nike Partner

In 2017 the Sporting Duet Academy secured a new main sponsor in Melqart Asset Management (UK) Limited (www.melqart.com), a London based alternative investment management firm

Sponsors, partners and friends of the family


January 2020

19 Sun - 13:00
JRF5-2RC Lens London U14
Match Report
19 Sun - 16:00
Eastside United1-4RC Lens London U16
Match Report
19 Sun - 15:00
RC Lens London U183-1Cre8 Football Academy
Match Report
18 Sat - 13:30
Sporting Duet 1st XI Men2-0KIWI FC
Match Report
18 Sat - 10:00
Bedhead BlueA-WSporting Duet U13 Tigers
Match Report
18 Sat - 00:00
CUP GAME - AFC Lions1-4Sporting Duet U13 Lions
Match Report


January 2020

26 Sun - 13:00
Sporting Duet 1st XI WomenVSActonians Development Women
26 Sun - 16:00
Cre8tive Football AcademyVSRC Lens London U15
26 Sun - 14:30
RC Lens London U16VSAC Finchley
26 Sun - 15:00
RC Lens London U18VSGuy Mascolo Football Charity
25 Sat - 10:30
Sporting Duet U13 TigersVSPioneer FC
25 Sat - 10:30
Sporting Duet U13 LionsVSPro FA Barnes
25 Sat - 12:30
St Andrews VSSporting Duet U15 Tigers
25 Sat - 13:00
European FAVSSporting Duet U14 Tigers
25 Sat - 13:30
Sporting Duet U21sVSBroomwood Griffins
25 Sat - 10:00
Broomwood Vixens GirlsVSSporting Duet U14 Girls
25 Sat - 12:00
Sporting Duet U16 LadiesVSCricklewood Wanderers Ladies
25 Sat - 11:00
Broomwood Typoons U10VSSporting Duet U8 Lions
25 Sat - 13:00
Broomwood LeopardsVSSporting Duet U11 Wolves
25 Sat - 00:00
Putney St GermainVSSporting Duet 1st XI Men
25 Sat - 10:15
Sporting Duet U12 WolvesVSBroomwood Diamonds
25 Sat - 13:00
Athenlay FC GirlsVSSporting Duet U12 Girls
25 Sat - 12:00
Sporting Duet U9 LionsVSWestside Colts
25 Sat - 11:00
Sporting Duet U9 TigersVSSporting Juniors

From our instagram

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It’s #FixturesFriday ! 🤩⚽️ ⁣⁣
Smaller program than usual this weekend due to the weather these last few days, but we still have a number of key matches scheduled to go ahead 🙌🏼⁣

Saturday kicks off with the u15/16 girls taking on Enfield Town Ladies as they aim to make it a 4th game in a row undefeated ⚽️🔥⁣

The afternoon sees the U13s Lions continue their cup campaign with an away game to undefeated AFC Lions 🏆🦁 ⁣

Meanwhile, sunday sees our Elite teams don the RC Lens London kit once more to take on JRF, Eastside and Cre8 Football Academy 🔴🟡⁣

Good luck to all our teams ! 🙏🏼⁣

#Football #Sport #Club #Soccer #Team #London #IciCestDuet #CestUneFamille
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The u18s took on Hillside in the cup final earlier this week, putting in a strong, focused performance against an elite opposition 🏆⚽️ ⁣

The game was a competitive, all action affair, with both teams playing some excellent football. After 90 minutes, a 2-2 score line could not separate the teams, requiring penalties to decide the champion. Both teams finished emphatically, but Hillside were the more clinical on the day, narrowly edging the shout-out to claim the title 🎯 ⁣

Although the boys may have been disappointed with the result, they can be proud of the progress they have made under Coach Hilaire, who continues to take this team from strength to strength. Time to regroup and focus on the next match #AlwaysForward 💪🏼💯⁣

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A big happy birthday to our Chairman, the one and only Mr. Alain Schibl! 🎂 🎁 🎈
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Manchester United legend Andy Cole with Coach Hilaire’s u18s ahead of their cup final match tonight ! Good luck boys 🙏🏼🏆⚽️ ⁣

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