Those players selected for the A squad play against professional Academies and other District teams. There is no cost for playing or training with the team, although players are asked to buy their own personalised kit, which they can then keep.
We offer talented players an opportunity to develop their ability, play alongside other good players and to represent their District.
Players who show a high level of ability, but are not selected for the main District A squads, are invited to join a ‘Development squad’. They will have the opportunity to attend the Gothia World Youth Cup in Gothenburg and play alongside the players who were selected for the ‘A’ District team. Parents will need to cover the cost of the trip to Sweden. With 52,000 people at the Opening Ceremony and teams from 90 countries this really is an experience of a lifetime!
The ‘A’ squads
This squad is for the most outstanding players who attended our trials.
The Lions have an “A” squad at Under 11, Under 12 and Under 13 age groups, who will play Academy and other regional District representative sides.
Last season we had matches against Fulham FC, Reading FC, Crystal Palace FC and Brentford FC. A number of players were subsequently invited to trial by these Clubs.
There is a new trial each year, so players who played for the ‘A’ squad last year will need to re-trial again for the coming season.
There are no costs for attending matches with the ‘A’ squad.
Players in the ‘A’ squad will also be invited to attend the residential Training Camp and Gothia Cup alongside other players selected from trials who impressed the selectors but who did not get selected for the ‘A’ squad.
The fixtures for the ‘A’ Squad will be confirmed in January. We would expect the team to play four fixtures during the Spring term. We try to spread these across different days of the week.
The Gothia World Youth Cup is the biggest football tournament in the world. With around 80 countries represented and an Opening Ceremony attended by over 52,000 this is an experience of a lifetime!
Gothia Cup 2020 It is our intention for teams to depart on 10th, 11th or 12th July depending on flight availability and return the following weekend. Matches start on Monday 13th July. The team will return the following weekend.
We will be running residential Training Camps for players selected at trials in November. The Camp provides an opportunity for players to work with top quality staff and train with other talented players in a professional and developmental environment. The Camp will focus on developing physical, mental, social, and technical abilities and attributes and will include:
- Sports Therapists who will conduct group sessions and individual screenings with each player to identify injury prevention and to enhance athletic performance. Parents will receive an individual written report with recommendations and exercise programmes.
- Workshops conducted by an FA qualified Football Psychologist looking at developing ‘ mental fitness’. Topics will include relaxation techniques, use of visualisation and imagery.
- Use of swimming pool for workshops with Sports Therapist
- Highly qualified and experienced coaches using the latest coaching tools including video analysis.
- Specialist UEFA qualified goalkeeping coach
The camp will give an insight into life training as a professional footballer and provide an ideal environment, not only for preparation for the Gothia Cup, but also to develop players’ sporting ability and life skills.
The Camps will take place at Tonbridge which boasts fantastic sporting facilities, beautiful well-kept grounds and stunning views over London.
11.30am on 31st March to 4.30pm on 2nd April 2021 at Tonbridge School (All Girls/Under 11/Under13)
11.30am on 14th April to 4.30pm on 16th April 2021 at Tonbridge School (Under 12)
An independent set-up run by teachers
A number of our coaches are Heads of Football at various independent schools in the area. Our coaches understand the importance of offering younger players a great experience and a chance to further develop their game in an enjoyable environment. We are proud of our set-up and that we are offering an fantastic experience to players who are selected.
Although our Head Coach Dan Abraham is a former Coach at ISFA, we are not run by the Independent Schools FA (ISFA) . We are an independent organisation and are not affiliated to either ISFA or the IAPS.
We are extremely proud of the service we offer and the feedback we receive. For the 2014/15 season we had 57 independent schools nominating players and this has now grown to over 92 schools for the 2017/18 season, giving a fantastic representation of the best players across the region.