• Children's coaching


Skills and technique development

Enabling children to feel comfortable on the ball, and encouraging as many touches of the ball as possible will provide a solid foundation of technique that they can build upon. Small sided games with small goals and small playing areas will encourage more possession and ball contact.

Within all children’s football training sessions, a part of the session will include having time and becoming familiar with the ball at your feet, working on touch, technique and mastery of the ball.

This will develop into creating real game scenarios to enable the children to learn how to use these skills within a game environment. Encouragement to play the ball on the floor will remove height advantages and facilitate better control and technique.

Team development

Working on skills such as passing, control, touch and awareness of team mates can take place within the context of small sided games running alongside developing individual skill.

At this stage of a child’s development, team coaching does not play as crucial a role in children’s training sessions but as children progress their skills into youth football, it will then apply.

Football fitness training

With children, promoting being active is much more essential at this stage than focusing on fitness as when children are active and enjoying themselves they will naturally be working and developing their fitness levels.

The right balance of physical activity and rest is essential for children as most long term injuries take place in childhood because a child’s body is still growing and developing.

Games, drills and sessions designed to include the movements required for games and involved in sessions providing fun and fair competition.


The perfect gift for the football mad child is a football party with all their mates!

90 minutes sessions include competitions, coaching, a five-a-side game and fun training drills with all equipment provided.

Children's football parties

For more information on prices or to book a party, please contact us.


Our CRB approved team are able to provide a full term of football coaching and training sessions within school hours for students looking to improve and develop their football ability.

Sessions can involve coaching skills and team development, progressing students from the level they are at through to a higher level and working their way through our specifically designed football syllabus

School PE sessions

For session prices or if you would like more information, please contact us.


Football Development Programme believe in specific values when it comes to coaching children’s football and these values are designed to enable each child to get the maximum benefit out of their participation in football during their formative years. It is vitally important that coaches, managers and parents sign up to these values before any involvement by Football Development Programme can take place.

  • The most important aspect of children’s football is that each child has fun and enjoys themselves.
  • Winning is always secondary to a child’s participation and enjoyment of the game.
  • We always speak positively and encourage each child regardless of their age, ability, gender, size or performance.
  • We encourage children to have as many touches of the ball as possible and to feel comfortable on the ball rather than teaching them to ‘get rid of it’.
  • We allow children the space and freedom to make mistakes, experiment and to be creative and spontaneous.
  • Allowing children to explore the diverse roles, positions and skills required will shape their learning and produce well rounded football players.
  • Fair, honest and equal competition is a healthy part of the game and vital for skill development and motivation within children.
  • We promote an active and healthy lifestyle to children through their involvement in football.
  • We use football as a means of developing good character within children and a training ground for them to learn important life skills when working with others.
  • Teaching and modelling respect for officials, managers, coaches, team mates and opposing players is a priority, promoting good conduct on and off the field.
  • FDP challenges the practice and effectiveness of attempting to identify young talent too early. Raising children’s hopes of potential futures in football can result in unnecessary pressure and a significant drop-out rate of children from football. This also can also result in the failure to plan for the future and to detect late developers, as these players are often overlooked.

Football Development Programme recognises the longer term development of children, as well as the here and now. One of the most common factors for injuries in active children is excessive physical activity.

Too much training and not enough rest can cause serious bone disorders and other kind of injuries which can result in long term problems. Below are some of the conditions that need to be looked out for that can occur within children who are very active.


  • Sever’s disease is often regarded as the most frequent cause of heel pain among children. It is recurrent in children between the ages of 8 and 14 years but can also occur among older children. Boys and girls are equally as vulnerable to the condition.

    Sever’s disease is characterised by pain that occurs as the back of the heel and is activity related. The pain is localised where the Achilles tendon connects into the calcaneus (heel bone). The child may have swelling in the area and it may also be tender. Those sports such as football which involve running and jumping are the ones most associated with the disease.

    It is directly related to overuse of the bones and tendons within the heel. The calcaneus bone grows faster in comparison to the Achilles tendon, so the area becomes vulnerable during childhood and growth. Sever’s is a self-recovering condition, meaning that it will eventually cease to be when the bone has finished growing.

    Rest, anti-inflammatory medication, ice and elevation, good supported footwear and stretching of the ankle joint will all help to rehabilitate the affected area.


  • Osgood-Schlatter disease is caused by stress on the tendon that connects the quadriceps muscles to the tibia (shin bone).

    It occurs during the adolescent growth spurt when stress from the contraction of the quadriceps is transmitted through the patella tendon and on to the point where it connects into the not yet fully developed tibia. This will cause inflammation and can eventually cause a bony lump to grow on the tendon which is visible just below the knee.

    Pain will be apparent during high-impact sports, such as football, and may also be felt when touching the knee. Strengthening and stretching the quadriceps will help reduce the re-occurrence of Osgood-Schlatter disease, as will reducing the amount of activity a child is involved in.


  • This is also known as growth plate fractures and can be caused by an acute event, such as a fall or heavy impact to the body. They can also result from overuse of the body, such as a gymnast practicing high-impact floor work for hours or over-training in young footballers.

    Obesity can also lead to overuse growth plate fractures, particularly in the hips. Any child who has persistent pain, affected performance or inability to move or put pressure on a limb should be examined and shouldn’t be asked to carry on through the pain.

    Of the whole of the growing skeleton, the growth plate is the weakest area. It is weaker that the nearby ligaments and tendons and therefore serious injury at a joint is more likely to damage a growth plate than anything else. For example, an injury that would cause a sprain in an adult could potentially cause a growth plate injury in a child.

    The most common complication of Salter-Harris fractures is disruption to bone growth. The affected bone will grow less that it would have and the injured limb can end up shorter than an uninjured limb. 10-15 per cent of all childhood fractures are growth plate fractures. They occur twice as often in boys than girls with the greatest incidence among 14 year olds.

    The younger the child at the time of injury, the more growth the bones still have to go through. Therefore the long term effect can be more serious. There are five types of growth plate fracture and a simple fracture can be treated with a cast or split. A more serious fracture could require surgery and rehabilitation to ensure natural growth of the injured area.


We offer 60 minute one-to-one in-depth training sessions designed to improve and work on specific aspects of a player’s game.

Sessions include ball work drills, technique coaching, fitness development and help and advice on match performance and nutrition.

For more information on prices or to book a one-to-one session, please book online.