Trial applications are now open for the next Chester FC Player Development Centre (PDC) programme for talented footballers of primary school age.
The PDC is a partnership between Chester FC Community Trust and Chester FC Academy that will provide increased opportunities for players to train in a professional environment designed to help them reach their potential.
Players continue to train and play for their grassroots clubs with the PDC offering them additional coaching from Chester FC coaches in line with The FA’s four corner model and opportunities to take part in development fixtures.
The PDC provides a route into the Chester FC Academy for players who display exceptional ability and a number of players progressed on this pathway during the pilot programme.
Trials will be held on Friday May 12 for the following age groups: U7s (current Year 1 & 2), U9s (current Year 3 & 4) and U11s (current Year 5 & 6).
Jim Green, chief executive of Chester FC Community Trust, said: “Following the success of the PDC pilot and positive feedback from players and parents, we’re very pleased to confirm details of the next programme.
“The PDC aims to support young players in reaching their potential through creating an environment to challenge them by bringing together talented players from across the local area and providing quality coaching.
“We were hugely impressed at the depth of talent that attended the pilot and it was very pleasing to see several players moving into the Chester FC Academy but more so to receive feedback from players, parents and coaches that the programme had helped to develop them as individuals.”
Assessments for U7s, U9s and U11s will take place on Friday, May 12 from 6pm to 7pm with registration from 5.30pm. The venue is Chester Catholic High School, Old Wrexham Road, Chester CH4 7HS.
Those successful at the assessment stage will be invited to the PDC to take part in a 12-week programme designed to develop player’s fundamental skills, technical ability and tactical understanding.
The PDC works closely with Chester FC Academy, enabling coaches to identify and monitor talented players and creating a pathway for exceptional players to progress.
To register your interest, email your name, date of birth, current school year, current club and playing position to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01244 371376.