SolidRock academy

focusing on supporting and nuturing young people through education, mentoring, football and engagement in positive activities.

About Us

Solidrock Academy was established in 2010 by Peter Barry with the aim of reaching the next generation through sporting activities. 

Since being established we have achieved great results with our young people gaining university degrees, starting their own businesses, playing professional and semi professional football.

Solidrock Academy has a simple approach which is “Mutual Respect”. We cater for children and adults ranging from age 5 to 24 years old, covering both males and females.
we have an equal opportunity policy

Peter & Karen Barry
Founders & Directors


Our Aim

Our aim is to use sport to combat anti-social behavior and engage young people from all backgrounds in positive activities. We offer a wide range of activities including educational services and opportunities for them to be active and well equipped for the future.

Our Vision

Our Vision is to reach the next generation and properly equip them for the challenges ahead.

Our Mission Statement
Our Mission is to raise champions from age 5 to 24 through sports so they can participate and contribute meaningfully to our society. Using sport as the cornerstone of our activities enables, us to penetrate the wider community through the services we offer. These include mentoring, counselling, mental health outreach and our youth club provision.


The mentoring service and family service will be provided by experienced and skilled counsellors and practitioners across the youth offending service, child care, counselling and children’s care/


Mentor males mentors from BAME, direct telephone or online link for mentoring, domestic abuse and parenting phone line. This includes foster carers and cares, and families of children who are placed in their care.

Challenging behaviour
  • 1 : 1 sessions
  • Counselling sessions
  • Youth group
  • Fathers and family group meetings.
Mental health
  • 1:1 counselling for women
  • Vulnerable Families
  • DA Sessions -online service
  • Fathers Group
  • Mental Health and wellbeing
  • Young people’s group
Groups times & Info
  • The Groups run for 6-8 weeks.
  • The Youth Club is weekly Thursday evenings  6-9pm Ages 12-21
  • Mothers / Parenting Group Thursday 11-1pm  2-4pm
  • Fathers Group Friday 1-3pm
1 : 1 Mentoring
Youth Club
PPA cover
After school clubs

Additional Areas

Below is a list of the services we offer:

We provide 1:1 coaching for football players of all abililities with the aim to send them on trials to professional clubs or clubs to that will reach players at their respective level.

Mentoring for children with challenging behaviour and/or learning difficulties.

We run a youth club every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm for youth in the community to attend, and engage in sporting activities such as football, basketball, table tennis, pool and other fun games.

We run an outreach football programmes in the community for young people age 12 to 24.

We offer after school football and multi sports programmes in schools.

We provide PPA services to schools.

We provide arrange of after school club activites for our young people to do.

We host a summer camp each year where kids come, and learn new life skills and build positive relationships. It’s a fun, safe environment that the children always enjoy attending.


Summer Camps

We host a summer camp each year where kids come, and learn new life skills and build positive relationships. It’s a fun, safe environment that the children always enjoy attending.


What People Say About Us

Olly, aged 8 joined Solidrock Academy about eight months ago. He was very shy and not so confident. Since being at  the club his football ability has improved tremendously.

Peter has since organised trials at Chelsea and Crystal Palace for him.

Most importantly Olly has made new friends and his confidence has grown.

Additionally, at Solidrock Academy Summer camp Olly learnt how to ride his bike.

Mark & Tasha Bradley


Joshan came to Solidrock Academy at age 4 as a very shy young boy. After  having trained for a few months he began to grow in confidence and start showing signs of being a good player.

Coach Peter Barry decided to put him in to play with the older boys.  Despite the fact that Joshan was out of his comfort zone he played well, demonstrating fearlessness and an eagerness to get on the ball.

Peter sent him on yr1 trials at Chelsea Football Club where Joshan’s football really took off. He decided to move to Crystal Palace Football Club where he is now a signed u10 player.

Ossie & Helen Ziya


Inspirational Quote

 “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” 

- Pele -