[content-section title=’Advanced Academy in association with Crystal Palace FC’]

  • Development centre in association with Crystal Palace FC
  • 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 9v9 game formats.
  • It is managed by Jim Lowther(former player development  advisor Crystal Palace FC Academy , coach at Charlton FC and Wimbledon FC Academies).
  • 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 workshops delivered by sports professionals and practical sessions on sport psychology, nutrition, strength and conditioning.
  • 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 September 2020 to June 2021.
  • Each session will be 90 mins long.