Youth football academy

SSG’s minis football academy operates 3 different age groups and is available for boys and girls to experience their first taste of football. It is our objective to encourage the next generation of footballers to take up, enjoy and continue on in the game.
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We have a close partnership with the local FA as well as local clubs to support a transition in to 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.

SSG Inclusion Football

Our inclusion football 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.

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    Under 4’s

    Our under 4’s football is open for both boys and girls that are aged 3 up until the 31st August in the year the season starts. Children will be assisted by their parents and our weekly sessions will see them develop skills and understanding of ball mastery as well as taking part in challenges and introduction to match play with conditioned games suitable for the age played each week. Our under 4’s is a great introduction to the game before moving on in to our under 5’s.
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    Under 5’s

    Our under 5’s football is open to both boys and girls that are aged 4 up until the 31st August in the year the season starts. Children will work independently with their coaches to further develop their ball mastery skills and begin to transition these in to 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.
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    Under 6’s

    Our under 6’s football is open to both boys and girls that are aged 5 up until the 31st August in the year the season starts. Players will work to further develop their understanding of match play and ball mastery as well as learning to link with other players. Each week the under 6’s will get the opportunity to take part in skill related practices as well as play in small sided match play. 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 in to our partner local club AFC Oakley or in to other FA supported football structures.
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    Girls Football

    Our SSG 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.
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    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