Project Description

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 7-13 years old.
  • Based at St. Colman’s College astroturf , Newry, Co.Down
  • 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 at Crystal Palace 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 by  staff from Crystal Palace 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 is running  from September 2020-June 2021. Each session is  90 mins long.
  • Over 45  players currently take part and they were selected through trials.
  • For information regarding trials, then email or call Jim Lowther