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What is a development centre?

Reaching Higher Football Programme – Development Centre

Reaching Higher is passionate about football and the development of youth. Our Development Centre will be aimed towards young people aged 10 to 16. We pride ourselves in creating an enjoyable environment within our sessions, providing them with agreed guidelines to have a safe environment. By leading with a Transferrable Skills approach to take young aspiring footballers into a well-rounded person.

The development centre objective is to provide a holistic approach to engaging young people in football. Meeting their needs, putting their areas of development at the forefront and enhancing their super strengths, maybe technically or in the psychological corner.

We will look to incentivise them throughout with opportunities with foundations, semi-professional and professional academies which will continue to push them above and beyond. 


The Three A’s 

Attitude – we expect our players to maintain good conduct, for example, our core principles: communication, work rate, leadership and concentration. As well as attributes that also compliment those such as sportsmanship politeness, good manners, and sociability. 

Attendance – we expect our players to maintain a high standard in punctuality, attendance at Monday and Friday training sessions. 

Ability – when selecting players for external opportunities or games we bring players based on the 4 corners and their ability to apply what they have learnt during training sessions


Location and Times 


Location: Trinity School, Shirley Park, Croydon CR9 7AT

Time: 6 pm - 7:30 pm


Location: Elmers End Goals

Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm


Player profiles – Community - Home

In the professional game, footballers within the English academies, at all age groups are given an individual Development Plan completed by the coaches for the plan of self-development for the season. This gets reviewed and updated quarterly. This will be discussed either face to face, via zoom or on the phone depending on what is feasible at the time and so we are in accordance with the relevant guidelines at the time. 

We look to engage parents by providing them with regular reports updating them of their child’s progress on and off the pitch. Below is an example of how the footballing report would like, and somewhat else would be included in the report:

  • Attitude to learning 

  • Behaviour in training sessions

  • Attendance 

  • Information on Reaching Higher and other projects we have

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