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Gloucestershire FA Skills Centre 2024/25

We are launching the Skills Centre for boys and girls aged U7 and U8.

We are delighted to announce that we will be launching the GFA Skills Centre for the 2024/25 season, for boys and girls aged U7 and U8. The centre will have a special focus on individual development and will provide a professional environment to allow players to reach their full potential.

What is the Gloucestershire FA Skills Centre?

The Gloucestershire FA Skills Centre will support players who are keen to develop further and will be based on a 24-week technical programme that is focused on individual development and small-sided football. We will provide a professional environment to help all players to reach their full potential within the game.

The programme will provide supplementary support for selected players with an additional night’s training each week to their grassroots clubs’ provision, allowing players to continue playing for their grassroots club. This pathway ensures that the players’ development, health and well-being is at the forefront of the programme.

Our Technical Programme

In collaboration with Coach Development company e-CAN Ltd, we have designed a new Technical Programme which, for the younger age groups, will focus on the FUNdamentals of Movement (Agility, Balance, Co-Ordination, Speed) and Falling in love with the Ball (Ball Mastery!) within a 3v3 training games initiative. As children progress into the 7v7 and 9v9 formats of Football, the programme will focus on the Principles of Invasion Games, Individual Skill Development (The 6 x Capabilities) and more position-specific practices.


Who Is The Programme For And When/Where Will The Sessions Take Place?

The Skills Centre will provide opportunities for players in the age groups from U7s to U8s. All sessions will be based at Gloucestershire FA, Oaklands Park, Almondsbury, Bristol, BS32 4AG on the 3G football pitch and will take place on Tuesday evenings as detailed below.

U7s and U8s: 5.00pm – 6.00pm

The Skills Centre will provide a 24-week training programme for selected players commencing on 3rd September 2024 and running until the 18th March 2025.

This programme is part of our talent pathway, and feeds directly into our Boys Development Centre and Girls Coaching Centre.

How Do We Get Involved?

Places will be offered as first come, first served basis.

Sign up here! 

The cost of the 24-week programme will be £160.

If you have any queries regarding the Gloucestershire FA Skills Centre, please contact Jacob Owers at Jacob.Owers@GloucestershireFA.com