Project Description


  • This is an advanced coaching programme offering extensive support for players aged 8 -15 years old.
  • It covers the key areas of technical, tactical, physical and psychological development.
  • There will also be positional specific play using 7v7, 8V8 and 11V11 game formats.
  • It is staffed by Gerry Spain(former Academy coach at Charlton FC, Fulham FC, and QPR FC) and Jim Lowther(former Academy coach at Charlton FC and Wimbledon FC).
  • To gain entry to the Soccer Steps Advanced Academy, each player is required to complete a practical trial that has been developed to test each individual?s ability. Players may also be invited after coaching staff observed them play club or representative football.
  • The content of these sessions mirrors the work carried out by Academies in England. There will also be guest visits from Academy coaches and staff from Crystal Palace FC and Arsenal FC
  • There will also be workshops delivered by sports professionals and practical sessions on sport psychology, nutrition, strength and conditioning, match analysis.
  • All players will be provided with systematic feedback on their progress throughout the season.
  • There will be an end of season trip to a tournament to play players of similar ability.
  • This programme will run from January 2018-May 2018. Each session will be 60 mins long.