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.

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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 2018/19 Training Kit


Latest News

The Beast from the East hits hard

Various ETC sessions were unfortunately disrupted and cancelled…

ETC games night

The ETC held a games night session at Cowplain on Tuesday 27th…

New syllabus

Since recommencing training in August 2017, our centres have…

Jack Nolan selected for England

Reading Academy starlet, Jack Nolan, has recently featured for…

Holiday programme a huge success

Having recently announced a string of dates for our 2018 Holiday…

Recent games

Over the past few weeks, the ETC has played a string of Academy…

Mickey becomes a scholar

Huge congratulations to Mikey Saunders on achieving a scholarship…


Tonight's session saw the introduction of goalkeepers to ETC…

Interventions introduced

With additional coaches now on board, the ETC has started to…

Our Venues

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


(St. George)

St. George’s Catholic College,
Leaside Way, Southampton, Hampshire 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, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO8 8RY


Tuesday: Age 6-14    7:00-8:30pm