About Us

A Modern Approach to Player Development

Our Story

SAI Academy was started in 2020 with the idea of providing a modern approach to player development within youth soccer. We accomplished this through both our education partnerships with Major League Soccer Academies and international organizations, as well as our very own training academy located in Orlando, FL.

We have progressed quickly, having already partnered with Orlando City’s MLS Academy. This relationship and the many more we will be developing in the near future, allows us to provide the ideal learning environment to the players within the academy.

Our Mission

SAI Academy prepares our student-athletes for the rigors of a professional career and/or college curriculum by providing experienced teachers and coaches, low student-to-teacher ratios, and maintaining a wholesome approach for academic and athletic growth.

Our expert level coaching and mentoring creates an environment where success is inevitable. We believe in the personal development of our students and work hard to instill our core values as they embark on their future journey.

Our Methods

SAI Academy takes a modern approach to learning. Our student-athletes receive daily instruction through a hybrid learning model that mixes virtual learning with face to face instruction. With this unique approach to learning, our student-athletes are able to balance the demands in the classroom with their athletic training, without fear of compromising excellence in either.

SAI Academy graduates will be prepared for college and beyond. Sport specific development will be methodical, rigorous, and focused on developing creative, technically superior, and smarter players. We ensure to identify, implement and monitor each student’s progress regarding character formation to help out graduates evolve into exemplary members of their community.

Meet Our Directors

Providing each player with a solid foundation for future success. SAI Academy prepares our student-athletes for the rigors of a professional career and/or college curriculum.


Shamini Ghay

CEO and President

Shamini Ghay is the founder and CEO of SAI Academy. Her mission is to create an elite sports academy environment.


Milan Maini


Milan is the founder and COO of SAI Academy. She brings over ten years of operations experience to the team.


Sarah Chadwick

Academy Director

Sarah Chadwick has 10 years of teaching experience. Her philosophy centers around fostering growth for the whole child.

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Lauren Richards

Director of Partnerships

Lauren’s time at SAI is spent recruiting new clubs and academies while developing relationships with their directors to form partnerships with SAI Academy.


John Evans

Performance Director

John Evans is a sports performance coach with a wide array of experience working with athletes across various levels of competition.


Richard Aplin

Soccer Director

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SAI Academy is the premier soccer academy in Orlando, FL. We strive to combine a modern blended learning environment with elite level soccer development for student-athletes.

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