Elite football development programme for U7 - U16 players

The Essex Select Academy is an invitation only football development programme for U7 – U16’s for players with ambition, talent and potential.

The aim of the academy is to deliver the premier football development programme in the region, bridging the gap from grassroots to academy football, whilst providing unrivalled experiences to help players along their football journey.

Our team of coaches and scouts have links with both professional and grassroots clubs all over the county which enables us to recruit players that show the correct attitude and ability, to join the academies focused and high ability level coaching groups.


Delivering an elite level coaching experience for players on a weekly basis, led by our team of UEFA qualified coaches with experience in coaching at professional academies
Focusing on the individual. This will include 1-2-1 support, feedback diaries, an individual learning plan for each player and an increased coach to player ratio to further enhance player development
Giving players access to unrivalled facilities & equipment, year round physiotherapy support and the chance to analyse their performances through our recorded games and sessions
Offering a varied and stimulating games programme to challenge the individual, competing against professional clubs, independent academies and grassroots clubs whilst experiencing competitive tournament football
Providing a pathway and opportunity for players with the correct attitude and ability to trial within a professional football clubs academy
Bringing to life a structured coaching programme covering all areas of the game


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. 

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.


We believe that providing players with opportunities to play competitive games is vital in regard to player development. Over the course of the season each age group in the Essex Select Academy will take part in a minimum of 10 fixtures across the school holidays and on training nights. 

Our structured game programme will include fixtures against varying levels of opposition from local grassroots clubs to professional football club academies, which gives our players different outcomes and challenges and an opportunity to translate their learning from training to a game environment.

We ensure that any fixtures arranged in the games programme DO NOT affect your son’s inclusion or participation in his grassroots team fixtures where possible.


Our player recruitment strategy is vital to the success of the select academy and our programme is unique in the fact that we work with a small number of players per age group and are extremely selective in our enrolment.

We look to recruit players that demonstrate an outstanding strength to their game and when assessing players we base our decision on what they can do, focusing on the potential in each individual.


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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.

Toby was offered a place in the academy programme after putting in a brilliant performance in a game against our U7 group for his local grassroots club. Our coaches very quickly noticed his potential and ability to not only drive forwards and commit players with the ball at his feet but also a real desire to win the ball back out of possession. We recommended Toby to every professional academy within travelling distance of his home which included him having some fantastic experiences at Arsenal & Cambridge United before he chose to sign academy forms at Cambridge United where we look forward to following his progress.

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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