Birlow Knights Academy

Telephone 07830 379 180

Summer School

Development Centres Blackpool & Preston

The Development Centre provides the ideal introduction to focused & structured coaching that progresses players from the generic experience of Birlow Knights Academy Soccer Schools and other feeder programmes we run in Local Schools or in the wider community. We have primarily designed the Development Centre Sessions to offer local based players who have shown a level of aptitude for the game from all backgrounds an opportunity to access top level coaching in a structured & co-ordinated programme.  The programmes we run are based on a fun & progressive culture of talent development. This approach is consistent across all age groups with a combination of 1 v 1, 2 v 2, 3 v 3 & 4 v 4 & team focused sessions being used to enable individuals to express their individual talent at every opportunity. Through the coaching programme on offer, players are encouraged to increase their technical ability when in possession of the football along with improved application of different phases of the game relevant to their respective age & level of competence. It explores all the different attributes associated with a modern day footballer, providing an experience that harnesses their individual passion & energy for the game with technical expertise from coaches who want each player to be the best that they can be. During the structured coaching sessions, our coaches are constantly looking to identify the players who have progressed enough to move into the next level of the Birlow Knights Academy structure. This is achievable via their technical execution of drills & exercises during training sessions or through individual performances during game situations. Everyone will get the opportunity to demonstrate their personal progress & it is this along with attitude & all round behaviour which will be used as the factors considered when looking to move players into the next tier.


When & Where are the Development Sessions Held? Blackpool Area We currently have space on our Monday Evening Session for ages 10-12.  These sessions are currently held on Fleetwood Road Pitches.  The session starts at 5pm for one hour. We also have just two places remaining on our U7’s and U8’s development sessions.  These are currently being held on Fleetwood Road Pitches on Friday between 5 & 6pm. Any outstanding players will be recommended for trial with our Partners Everton FC. We are now taking registrations for development sessions for the following age groups: –

  • U5 & U6’s
  • U7’s
  • U8’s
  • U9’s
  • U10’s
  • U11’s
  • U12’s
  • U13-U14’s
  • U15’s-U16’s

Preston Area


All our sessions are held at our Partner School Penwortham Priory Academy.  During the summer months we will carry out our training sessions outside on the astroturf pitches (soon to be upgraded to 3g pitches) whilst in the winter months we utilise their large sports hall. We are now taking registrations for the new term which will start the first week in September 2014.  If you would like your child to be trained by one of our outstanding Premier League Academy Coaches, please pre-register by completing the booking form on the website. We will contact you to let you know that we have received the pre-registration and will let you know the date the sessions will start. The sessions are open to boys and girls from beginners to the elite player. All sessions are coached by Premier League Academy Coaches so you can be assured that the players are gaining the benefit from coaches working at the highest level.

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