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

Anya signs for Saints

A huge well done to Anya who has recently signed registration…

Juventus visit ETC

In October, we welcomed Juventus First Team coach Aldo Dolcetti…

Lewis signs for Pompey

Our first week back after the summer break was topped off when…

Bobby joins the Blue Army

It was a special ETC moment in September when Bobby Gorman signed…

Sukjae joins Portsmouth

Huge congratulations to Sukjae Lee on signing registration forms…

Summer games

A huge thank you to Portsmouth FC for inviting us to compete…

Armani joins Oxford

Former ETC and Southampton FC player, Armani Little, has just…

ETC play in prestigious Foundation Cup

The ETC were thrilled to be invited to play in U9's Southampton…

Jack turns pro!

ETC, Reading and England starlet, Jack Nolan, was thrilled 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