Professional training
& development for
aspiring footballers


Seasonal Football Development

The Elite Training Centre (ETC) was founded in 2008 with the aim of providing innovative training of the highest quality to young aspiring footballers. With a unique coaching style and comprehensive syllabus, the ETC is able to cater for every player’s needs.

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Our Philosophy

ETC philosophy is based on training sessions that replicate the ever-changing scenarios of games. The ETC prides itself on the use of innovative practices to provide multiple touches and engage players in their learning.

We feel strongly about developing players knowledge and understanding of the game, alongside performance, to support players making decisions. We have a firm belief that the best players make the best decisions.

Our Training

The ETC has a unique approach to training and adopts a game sense approach that replicates game situations and promote transferable learning. With a unique progressive syllabus, all players involved in the ETC can expect session appropriate to their stage of development, where engagement and decision-making opportunities are maximised.

Training is held on a termly schedule corresponding to that of an academic year; as such there is no training during school half-terms.

Josh Simms

Player Progression

Player development and progression are values at the heart of the ETC and we aspire to ensure that every footballer within our system excels and ultimately achieves their full potential.

Since our formation, the ETC has helped thousands of youngsters develop their game and now boast a track record of over 120 players signed by professional academies; including Southampton FC, Fulham FC, Chelsea FC, Portsmouth FC and Yeovil Town FC.

Aspiring to be the best you can be. The ETC pledge to give every player the best possible football education.

New 2017/18 Training Kit


Latest News

U7's travel to Staplewood

Our HP Under 7's visited Staplewood last weekend.  This unique…

David signs for the Southampton FC Academy

Huge congratulations to Under 11 player David on signing registration…
Jack Nolan

Jack Nolan with a 76th minute winner for England U17 vs Germany U17

An incredible evening! ETC graduate and Reading FC player…
Jordan Terry

Jordan Terry joins Portsmouth FC Academy

Huge congratulations to Under 10 player Jordan Terry on signing…
Josh Simms

Simsy returns

One of the ETC's former starlets, Josh Sims, recently returned…
David Setters

David joins Pompey

David Setters, an Under 14 from our High Performance division,…
Kyle Clinton

Kyle Clinton’s journey from grassroots to Georgia State University

Great to listen to former ETC player Kyle Clinton’s journey…
Jack Nolan

Jack gets the England call up

Jack Nolan, a former ETC youngster who is now at Reading FC,…
Kian Tideman

Kian Tideman signs registration forms for Category 1 Academy Fulham FC

Huge congratulation to U13 ETC player Kian Tideman as he signs…

Our Venues

We currently offer training sessions at the following venues around the South of England:


(Canford Park)

Canford Park Arena,
Magna Road,
BH21 3AP


Monday: Age 6-12    7:00-8:30pm



Redbridge Community School,
Cuckmere Lane,
SO16 9RJ


Monday: Age 6-12    5:30-7:00pm


(St. George)

St. George’s Catholic College,
Leaside Way,
SO16 3DQ


Wednesday: Age 6-12    5:30-7:00pm
Thursday: Age 6-11    5:30-7:00pm
Thursday: Age 12-15    7:00-8:30pm
Saturday: Age 3-5    9:00-10:00am
Saturday: Age 6-12    9:00-10:30am



Cowplain Community School,
Hart Plain Avenue,


Tuesday: Age 6-14    7:00-8:30pm