Skills Performance Centres - Talent Identification Programme 2017-18

The programme is open to all youngsters aged from school year 2 up to year 7 (u7 up to u12’s) and our skills centres offer a 5-7 week programme ending with a trial match for everyone. Successful boys can then progress onto our centre of excellence/player development centres and pre-academy development centres with eventual pathways into our schoolboy youth academy. The skills centres are open to all abilities and below we have listed all of our centre details as well as answering FAQ's about how it all works.  

Download the 2017-18 Skills Performance Centres leaflet here.

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WHAT ARE SKILLS PERFORMANCE CENTRES ALL ABOUT?

The successful skills performance programme is now in its 11th year of operation. The purpose of the Skills Centres are to provide high quality coaching for up and coming schoolboy footballers. Whether you are an ambitious player wanting to progress towards becoming a professional, or a new-comer, wanting to develop the basics, the skills performance programme has something to offer everyone.


WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE SKILLS PROGRAMME?

LTFC’s Youth Section prides itself on the high calibre of its coaching team. By signing up you will receive the same standard of coaching that has helped produce players such as Curtis Davis, Leon Barnett, Kevin Foley, Matthew Taylor and Jack Wilshire. No other football club in our region can claim the same level of success in terms of youth development - four England youth Internationals in the last three years: Justin James; Cauley Woodrow (now Fulham); Jay DaSilva and Lewis Baker (now both Chelsea). In addition, over 80 players have been signed by our schoolboy academy through our skills performance programme.

GOAL- KEEPERS

We haven’t forgotten the most important player on the pitch and have two dedicated goalie centres in Flitwick and Dunstable.

GIRS ONLY CENTRES

New for this season, are our girls only dedicated centres with direct pathways in to our girls player development centre that trains every Thursday and plays games against other professional clubs development centres each half term.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST & HOW WILL MY PROGRESS BE MONITORED?

The cost per half term is between £25-£30, and includes practical sessions and one assessment game each term. In addition to the assessment match, all players receive a classification indicating their personal development over the term and will receive one of our new player classifications to show their individual progression.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO WELL?

If your coach feels you have shown the right levels of ability and attitude during the term you will be given the opportunity to progress to the Centre of Excellence/Pre-Academy. Players who display outstanding talent can be moved through the programme after only a few weeks if appropriate.