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Youth Football Development Centre

Youth Football Development Centre

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Merrist Wood College are running a football programme aimed at developing young players, aged 5-16 years old. This will allow players the opportunity to supplement what football they already do, but not replace it.

Although we aren’t a football club, we offer players the opportunity to not only improve upon their football skills but, with our connections and links to professional clubs in the area, there will be lots of possibilities and doors opened to all who are involved.

Sessions will be overseen by Ross McNeilly - UEFA B Licence coach, FA Tutor, and head of the Football Development Centre at the college; Robbie Porter - UEFA A Licence coach, College tutor and ex Crystal Palace Academy coach and John Goddard - Professional football player for Swindon Town F.C.

Our syllabus will be linked into developing the ‘future player’ in accordance with the England DNA and LTPD model.We believe that each age group is different, and therefore a programme will be set in accordance with their age.

Here at the Merrist Wood College, we firmly believe the player comes first and this is our priority and each player should be allowed the freedom to express themselves in a safe environment.

Key themes:

  • Player first Approach
  • Academy visits
  • Nike training kit
  • UEFA and FA Licenced coaches
  • Professional club link examples - Swindon Town F.C, Reading F.C, Colchester United
  • College options for u16’s
  • American college and university option with Stateside Today

We at the College are very keen to work closer and establish links with local grassroots clubs, as a thank you for clubs supporting and promoting the football development centre amongst their players we will offer free workshops, free taster sessions, support with tournaments and mentoring for coaches where possible. 

To join our Youth Football Development Centre you must be selected at one of our FREE trials.


Click here for our free trial dates and more information...


For more information or to register for your FREE trial, please email

Ross - or Dianne -

Football Development Centre kit


To purchase the Football Development Centre training kit for your age group, please visit:



01483 88 40 00

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