Youth football academy

SSG Celestials Football Academy runs on Saturday mornings and is made up of 3 academies catering for boys and girls from aged 3 up to 12 year olds.  More information regarding our Mini’s Football Academy (under 4’s, under 5’s & under 6’s) Girls Football Academy and Inclusion Football Academy can be found below. 


We have a close partnership with the local FA as well as local clubs to support a transition into organised grassroot competitive football with teams across Bedford. We partner with AFC Oakley and work with their committee in order to provide a transition pathway for our graduating under 6 players to gain a place.

mini's football academy

Our Mini’s Football Academy is split into groups of under 4’s, under 5’s and under 6’s. Our weekly sessions are designed to develop skills and understanding of ball mastery, through taking part in challenges in a fun and friendly environment. We provide the perfect introduction to match play with conditioned games suitable for the age, played each week.


During the under 4’s sessions, children will be assisted by their parents. Throughout our under 5’s and under 6’s sessions, children will work independently with their coaches to further develop their skills and begin to transition these into more independent practices and match scenarios.


Each week the players will get the opportunity to play conditioned match play and build their understanding of being part of a team.


Our season is broken in to 4 quarters and at the end of each quarter the players will get the chance to take part in a small tournament style festival to put their skills to the test. In the final quarter of the season we will work with each player and parent to identify their own individual football progression pathway, either into our partner local club AFC Oakley, or into other FA supported football structures.


Girls Football ACADEMY

Our SSG Celestials Girls Football Academy is open to girls aged 7-10 years old that are football mad and keen to learn, develop and progress in the game. Our Girls Academy will see the players developing ball mastery, linking and cohesion, game play scenario and match play across each season. Our aim is to introduce as many girls as possible to football and see them progress on in to grassroots competitive football. We partner with a range of local football clubs and can provide pathways into these groups alongside Beds FA.

Each weeks sessions build towards a well structured conditioned match to allow the players to put their practice to the test. Our seasons are broken down in to 4 quarters and each quarter works through a wide ranging training plan to encompass all elements of the game. Within the season the girls will get to take part in 2 football festivals linking in with other teams and girls groups across Bedfordshire.


Inclusion Football ACADEMY

Our Inclusion Football Academy is open to children aged 7 – 12 years old who love their football and want to play for the first time or continue playing in a non-competitive environment. Our inclusion football is perfect for children that meet 1 or more of the following criteria:

  • Low confidence levels
  • First experience of football
  • Low self esteem
  • Weight management concerns
  • Low level special educational needs
  • Barriers to learning and participation

Our friendly coaches are on hand to deliver a non-competitive football experience centred around fun and inclusion. All activities are tailored to best meet the needs of the individual players throughout the sessions.

Our season is broken in to 4 quarters and each quarter culminates with a non-competitive football festival made up of our own players as well as other inclusion football groups. These festivals see players from across the county mixing together to demonstrate their individual progression and development in a friendly fun and inclusive festival experience.


Football Experience days

Our amazing football academy coaching team have develop a one day experience day for children who just want to give football a try or simply can get along to the school holiday academy. It remains something for everyone with a fun and focused approach that is super inclusive. We deliver an amazing range of skill  learning and development through great games and activities and conclude with some match play ensuring all children are involved in:


  • Match Play
  • Striking the ball
  • Dripping skills
  • Passing accuracy
  • Goalkeepoing knowledge
  • Much much more

So whether your child wants to be a super striker, passing master or a wonder winger we are the place to be. Groups work in age and ability groups to ensure they get the most from the academy and have the most fun. So get your boots on and come along.

YOUTH Football Academy FAQ

The venue is Alexander Sports Centre, Sidney Road, Bedford MK40 2BQ. There is free parking in the car park on site.
Our under 5’s classes are split into 3 & 4 year olds and 5 year olds, the parents will often need to take part in the 3 & 4 year old groups.
Each class is 45 minutes in duration.
Yes, we offer free taster sessions and immediate start dates depending on availability.
No, payment is made in 10week blocks. You will receive automated email reminders when payment is due for the next 10 week block.
Yes, our classes run continuously throughout the year, only breaking for planned venue closures and Christmas Holidays.
Location: Alexander Sports Centre, Sidney Road, Bedford MK40 2BQ