Entries by Dave Eldridge

The Beast from the East hits hard

Various ETC sessions were unfortunately disrupted and cancelled as the appropriately named ‘Beast from the East’ weather front wreaked havoc across the UK.  We would like to thank all our customers for their patience and understanding during a very unsettled spell of training.  All those affected by cancellation will receive notification direct of the alternative […]

ETC games night

The ETC held a games night session at Cowplain on Tuesday 27th March.  65 children were in attendance and spent the evening playing 11 different small sided games.  It was fantastic to see so many players come across from Southampton to play against their Portsmouth counterparts.

New syllabus

Since recommencing training in August 2017, our centres have been governed by a new coaching syllabus, introduced by the senior staff, following a lengthly review.  The progressive syllabus ensures continuity and development between sessions, as well as groups, and has been incredibly well received by both players and parents.

Jack Nolan selected for England

Reading Academy starlet, Jack Nolan, has recently featured for England in the U17 Algarve tournament.  Jack was selected off the back of a string of strong performances for both club and country and faced the likes of Germany and Holland.  With a 1 – 1 draw against Germany and 2 – 0 victory over Holland, […]

Holiday programme a huge success

Having recently announced a string of dates for our 2018 Holiday programme, our first intensive course (held at St George during the February half term) was a huge success.  Our new course syllabus covered all aspects of the game and enabled players to refine areas of weakness.  Future holiday courses can already be booked and […]

Recent games

Over the past few weeks, the ETC has played a string of Academy games, at various ages, against Portsmouth Football Club and Southampton Football Club.  These games have played host to over 50 ETC players and have been a fantastic learning experience for them, with Academy interest subsequently shown in many.  With further games scheduled […]

Mickey becomes a scholar

Huge congratulations to Mikey Saunders on achieving a scholarship at Southampton FC.  Mikey attended ETC sessions during his time at Fulham FC and in the off season, and was one of only a handful of players selected to attended our position specific workshops with Steve Guppy.  Mikey also starred in an ETC fixture vs the Saints […]


Tonight’s session saw the introduction of goalkeepers to ETC training.  Having held a close working relationship with the guys from The Football Garage for a number of years, the addition of goalkeepers was inevitable and further enhances the realism of game play during sessions.  We look forward to seeing this area develop over the coming […]

Interventions introduced

With additional coaches now on board, the ETC has started to introduce targeted interventions at our High Performance centres.  These interventions allow players to focus on aspects of the game identified as personal areas of address.

Ricky joins the team

The ETC is delighted to welcome a new member to our coaching team.  Southampton FC Academy coach, Ricky Fernandez, joins us at our Wednesday centre and brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on to our young players.  Welcome to the team Ricky!