Elite football development programme for U6 - U12 players
The Essex Select Academy is an invitation only football development programme for U6 – U12 players with ambition, talent and potential. The aim is to deliver the premier football development programme in the region, bridging the gap from grassroots to academy football for players with potential.
Our team of coaches and scouts actively recruit players from all over the county that show the correct attitude and ability, to join the programmes focused coaching groups with a view to helping players maximise their potential.
Training takes place on the 4G astro turf pitch at Philip Morant School & College on Tuesday evenings from 5.45 – 6.45pm (U6, U7 & U8, U9 age groups & U8 - U12 Goalkeepers) and Thursday evenings 6 – 7.30pm (U10, U11 & U12).
THE ESSEX SELECT ACADEMY IS COMMITTED TO:
COACHING & GAMES PROGRAMME
The weekly coaching programme focuses on the key aspects of football – stopping, creating and scoring goals giving young players the opportunity to develop their skills in each session. Each training session will incorporate a variety of ball mastery skills, leading into a themed technical practise, finishing with competitive small sided games. Players will participate in a structured games programme both on training evenings and in the school holidays against varying levels of opposition from grassroots clubs to professional football club academies.
At EPC we believe in developing the individual as a whole and our sessions will help players to not just improve their technical skills, but to also make progress in regards to their tactical, physical, psychological and social development. Our coaches will set challenges and provide consistent feedback throughout the year to ensure each players progress is closely monitored.
RECRUITMENT & PLAYER PATHWAY
Our recruitment strategy is vital to the success of the select academy programme and we take care to ensure that we only offer players a position on the programme if we feel that they are of the required standard. We look to recruit players that demonstrate an outstanding strength to their game and when assessing player’s we base our decision on what they can do, focusing on the potential in each individual.
Our coaches have built up an extensive network of contacts within both the grassroots and professional game which allow us to be made aware of players that may have been released from professional academies or may be excelling in local football to recruit into the programme. All of our current coaching programmes feed into the Essex Select Academy to ensure there is a pathway in place for players of all abilities attending our activities.
The ultimate aim of the Essex Select Academy is to open up a pathway for talented players across the county to have the opportunity to train at and be offered academy contracts at the professional football clubs in the area.
As coaches there is no better feeling than being able to provide players with a chance to fulfil their potential and we are proud to share our role of honour of players that have managed to sign academy contracts as a result of their involvement with the Essex Select Academy.
Charlie was invited into the Essex Select Academy after attending our football centre programme and quickly caught our coaches eyes with his fantastic attitude and work ethic.
A powerful player with the ability to drive forward and commit opponents, Charlie was invited to join the Ipswich Town academy after impressing in our fixture against the club at their training ground.
He became the first player to make the transition from our academy into a professional club and we are sure he will be the first of many.
James joined the select academy as an U9 and continually demonstrated his excellent ball control, receiving and ball manipulation skills in both training and games.
He worked extremely closely with our 1-2-1 coaches across the summer to continue his development, before he was invited to train at the Ipswich Town Academy.
It came as no surprise to our coaching staff that he was rewarded with his efforts and was offered an academy contract at Ipswich Town as an U10.
We will be following James progress closely and hope that he takes the opportunity with both hands.
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