Developing talent

Regular football development sessions run by our qualified coaches are helping local young footballers develop their skills by providing them with access to expert coaching.

Boys’ Player Pathway

Here at Albion in the Community (AITC) we have a number of regular football sessions aimed at young footballers which make up our Boys’ Player Pathway.

The first level of the pathway is our holiday soccer schools, after school clubs and weekly soccer schools, where the emphasis is on boys of all abilities aged five to 13 taking part in fun sessions, providing an excellent introduction to football and a brilliant setting in which to develop new skills and make new friends.

Any boys who show particular promise can then be invited to an AITC invitation centre. Again, aimed at boys aged five to 13, these take place at venues across Sussex. Players attending invitation centre sessions will receive advanced training aimed at further developing their skills.

The next level on the Boys’ Player Pathway is the advanced training centres. These are aimed at players in the under-five to under-13 age groups and sessions take place at venues in Brighton, Eastbourne and Worthing. AITC’s advanced training centres aim to bring together the best regional players into an environment that challenges the individual and helps further develop their skills. With a smaller player to coach ratio, and using the Brighton & Hove Albion FC academy philosophy, our advanced training centres create a high-performance environment.

The fourth and final tier of the AITC pathway is the charity’s talent ID centres, which sits directly below Brighton & Hove Albion’s own academy structure. Places are only available to boys who have been formerly invited through the Brighton & Hove Albion scouting network. Sessions take place in Brighton, Crawley, Chichester, Eastbourne and Kent for players in the under-five to under-nine age groups and at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing for those in the under-10 to under-13 age group.

Players at talent ID centres receive a personalised training programme and each player’s development is constantly assessed, with coaches looking to identify players who may be suitable for a trial with the Brighton & Hove Albion academy.

For more information on our Boys’ Player Pathway call 01273 878277 or email: talent.id@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.

Girls’ Player Pathway

We also have a number of regular football sessions aimed at young female players which make up our Girls’ Player Pathway.

The first level of the pathway is the holiday soccer schools, after school clubs and weekly soccer schools, where the emphasis is on girls of all abilities aged five to 13 taking part in fun sessions, providing an excellent introduction to football and a brilliant setting in which to develop new skills and make new friends.

Any girls who show particular promise can then be invited to an AITC invitation centre. Again, aimed at girls aged five to 13, these take place at venues across Sussex. Players attending invitation centre sessions will receive advanced training aimed at further developing their skills.

The next level on our Girls’ Player Pathway is the advanced training centre. This is aimed at players in the under-10 to under-16 age groups and sessions take place at Brighton & Hove Albion’s American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing. The advanced training centre aims to bring together the best regional players into an environment that challenges the individual and helps further develop their skills. With a smaller player to coach ratio and using the Brighton & Hove Albion FC academy philosophy, our advanced training centre creates a high-performance environment.

The fourth and final tier of the AITC pathway sits directly below Brighton & Hove Albion’s own academy structure and is our regional talent centre. Places are only available to girls who have been formerly invited through the Brighton & Hove Albion scouting network. The regional talent centre is located at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre for players in the under-10 to under-16 age groups.

For more information on the AITC Girls’ Player Pathway call 01273 878277 or email: talent.id@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.