The first episode of the Sky documentary The Next Jamie Vardy starts on Sky 1 from on September 16th, and will also air on Sky Sports later in the month.
The fly-on-the-wall documentary, produced by Zig Zag Productions, explores Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy, as he seeks to discover the next big talent from non-league football, and help them realise their professional dream, while providing them with a unique experience into what it takes to play at the top level.
The series will also follow the stories of hopefuls in the build-up to their time in the V9 Academy and will look at Jamie’s time in non-league football, where he began his career with Stockbridge Park Steels in 2007.
Jamie Vardy, striker for Leicester City and the England national team: “There’s massive talent out there in non-league football, and I hope this documentary has demonstrated that, by putting the spotlight on players trying to find a way to the top. I’m now hopeful that some of the clubs, scouts and players that were sceptical about what John [Morris] and I set out to do are won over. There are many more hidden gems to be found outside the league, and V9 will do all it can to help players realise their ultimate dream of playing professional football for club and country.”
Adam MacDonald, Director Sky 1, Sky Living: “Jamie completed one of the most remarkable stories in the history of English football by winning the Premier League title. Now Jamie wants to offer that fairy tale opportunity to others like him who are playing in the non-league with his V9 academy. We can’t wait to use this unique access to show Sky customers the real stories behind non-league players hoping to make it to the big time.”