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Local football clubs and classes for children

If your kids have World Cup fever, now's the time to scout out a local football club or coaching sessions and get them going on the pitch. Our Local editors have rounded up the favourites on offer in their areas

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Greater London

Carshalton Little League Carshalton

Offering training to children of all abilities from ages six to 14. All players are supplied with full kit and ALL receive at least one trophy at the end of the season. 

Girls-only sessions at Football Magic West Dulwich

These dedicated girls' sessions teach a wide variety of football skills and techniques to girls aged 5+. They offer a safe environment for girls to learn, and give them the confidence to participate in the sport. 

Football Magic Birthday Parties Lambeth Borough

With enthusiastic coaches on hand to organise fun games and competitions, your little ones will have a memorable birthday party. Football Magic provides all of the equipment and supervises the proceedings, so things run smoothly and you can enjoy the day, too. 

Girls Football Development Sutton

The club welcomes girls of any ability, and in particular those with little or no experience wanting to give football a go. They aim to develop coordination, individual and team skills, while providing lots of fun and the opportunity to make new friends. 

Super Star Saturdays Purley

The club aims to provide a fun and relaxed learning culture, where children can develop their footballing prowess at their own pace - while coaches nurture children's social skills, such as concentration and listening, at the same time.

We Make Footballers Purley

Indoor and outdoor training to help players aged four to 12-years-old learn and play football in an organised, fun and safe environment. All levels are welcome, from absolute beginners to those who already have their eyes on a professional academy. 

Push Through Sport Football Academy Selsdon

This academy trains players in basic skills - pace, shooting, positioning, defending - while allowing them to develop their own flair. There is also the chance to showcase skills to scouts and managers for those players reaching for the stars!

German Football Academy Wembley

Inspired by the pioneering and World Cup-proven German approach to player development, this academy offers a programme for boys and girls from four through to 18, with a special emphasis on the age bracket of four to 12-year-olds. Outstanding players will have the opportunity to be invited to trials.

Football Magic Coaching Newham

Football Magic Coaching is an academy providing high quality courses for boys and girls. They offer structured coaching led by experienced, FA-qualified coaches, in a friendly environment. 

Super Players Isleworth

The club has developed sessions in line with the PE National Curriculum, for children aged two to 11. The programme has been designed to support children physically, socially and psychologically - to pave the way for healthy lifestyles and futures.

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The North

Little Kickers Durham

Little Kickers' founder Christine Stanschus spotted a gap in the market for football classes for pre-school aged children. The programme focuses on 'fun first', and has been developed with the help of experts in child development as well as FA qualified football coaches.

FC Blue Star East Didsbury

This club's ethos is, 'We like to win, but not at the expense of our children's happiness, confidence and self-esteem'. They don't believe in 'A' teams - all teams have an equal chance of winning. Every player is encouraged to grow to be the best they can be. 

Mini Soccer Reddish

Each child has their own ball for most of Mini Soccer's sessions, which focus on games, tournaments and drills. There is a 'player of the week' prize for improvement, performance and for showing a positive attitude. Groups are led by FA qualified coaches. 

Kicks Football Pemberton

Kicks is run by Wigan Athletic Football Club, and offers football and sports sessions for all young people aged 11-19. Players will have the chance to compete in tournaments, represent the Kicks team and win Wigan Athletic match tickets.

Powerleague Leeds

As well as regular sessions, the Powerleague offers holiday clubs with plentiful coaching for children of all abilities and experience. In the afternoons, there is a variety of other activities on offer - including fantasy football leagues, table tennis and indoor games.   

5alive Football Centre Bradford

This club offers drop-in Saturday sessions for children aged four to 12, and all levels of experience and ability. Parents are invited to have a coffee while the kids learn new skills, make friends and get some exercise.

The Academy offers professional football coaching for boys aged four to 16. All coaches are professional or ex-professional footballers. They are based at Kettlethorp school on a new, state of the art pitch. 

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The South East 

Paris Saint-Germain Football Academy Cranbrook

The Academy offers training to international and UK students aged eight to 17, with programmes focussing on discipline, competition and enjoyment. Courses are all-inclusive, providing full kit, certificates, food and progress reports. 

Pompey in the Community Portsmouth 

The club runs fun and skills-based football training sessions after school, during the school holidays, and at weekends. As well as Portsmouth, they operate in Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Chichester, Hayling Island, Petersfield and Alton. A third of Portsmouth FC's entry-level players come from their Advanced Skills Training courses!

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The South West

Saturday Soccer Sessions Bath 

The Player Development Sessions are grouped by age - under fives and under 11s - and are run by UEFA qualified coaches with high levels of experience. The structured curriculum is based on the FA's development model.

Plymouth Argyle Community Trust Plymouth wide 

The Trust has a variety of clubs including after-school, holiday clubs and weekend sessions. They also offer 'mini-kicker' clubs for three- to five-year-olds, to introduce little ones to the game through play, while building social and physical skills. 

First Touch FA Bournemouth 

The club hosts both group coaching and one-to-one sessions, incorporating the principles of the FA's Elite Player Performance Plan. The programmes include basic to advanced skills, as well as personal mentoring and interpersonal skills development. They also have holiday Soccer Schools.

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The East

Children's Saturday Football Sessions Norwich 

Saturday morning sessions are run by an experienced FA-qualified coach, and the first session is free! Classes are tailored to age and ability, and promote teamwork, tolerance and confidence. 

Soccer Tots Hoddesdon 

These sessions for three- to six-year olds aim to help build co-ordination, basic skills and an understanding of the game through playing together. 

Garston Ladies FC Watford 

This women-only club has 25 teams ranging from under sixes to adults. The youth teams play in the Hertfordshire Football Partnership League, with matches on Saturday mornings throughout the season. 

Alconbury Football Club Huntingdonshire

This club is proud of its facilities and experienced coaches. Teams are organised by age, including under-sixes and under-17s, and prioritise having fun while improving footballing skills.

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The Midlands

This club describes its sessions as "fun, inclusive, quality, indoor football coaching". Its ethos is one of respect for 'TROY': the team, the referee, others and yourself. There are Saturday morning sessions and holiday clubs. 

Tiny Soccerstars Sutton Coldfield

Sessions for one- to five-year-olds feature parental participation to aid social, mental and physical development while having fun and learning ball skills. The programme also integrates language skills, colours and numbers, and problem solving. 

A football coaching initiative developed by Birmingham City Council for boys and girls. Children follow the Soccericulum - a structured programme for children of differing ages and abilities. The Strikes ethos centres around participation, teamwork, fair play and fun.

These sessions are designed for children aged two to four who are ready to experience their first taste of football. The activities are inclusive, high energy and fun, and parents can either join in or watch from a viewing area. Activities are based around fun themes or stories.


Play Football Swansea Morriston 

This club is run in a five-a-side football centre with eight all-weather pitches, and can host birthday parties and holiday activities. Their USP is 'The Champions Experience' - a special footballing event for older children (think keepie uppies, top-notch league-quality balls, and pizza!). 

Little Kickers Gwent 

Guided by FA qualified coaches, nursery school teachers, child health specialists and pro-active parents, the Little Kickers toddler football programme is an ever-evolving quest to teach fundamental football techniques and elementary life skills in a vibrant, group play environment.

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Northern Ireland

Henry Sport Football Coaching North Belfast

This coaching centre doesn't run competitive teams, preferring to focus on building skills and team spirit. Each session is different and involves three key areas: ball manipulation, drills and games, and matches to put skills into practice. 

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Last updated: 8 months ago