Young football talent wanted

PUBLISHED: 18:34 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:32 25 August 2010

FOOTBALL centres have been set up across Kent in a bid to get budding soccer stars on the road to a professional career.

FOOTBALL centres have been set up across Kent in a bid to get budding soccer stars on the road to a professional career.

More than 200 children aged five to 12 will be invited to Football Advanced Centres held in Maidstone, Bromley, Erith and Gravesend organised by Grass Roots Soccer Schools.

Some young hopefuls have been selected from thousands of children already attending Grass Roots courses and from next week coaches will be on the lookout for more talent to join the Advanced Centres, from next April at the Arsenal Development Centre.

Coaches will be recruiting at soccer workshops during the October half term in Crayford, Sittingbourne, Redhill, Maidstone, Sandwich, Dartford, Gravesend, Wallington, Tundbridge Wells and Herne Bay.

Invitations have already been delivered to budding footballers but spaces are still available at the Advanced Centres from April 21, 2009.

The 10-week training course at the Advanced Centre will focus on both technical and tactical attributes of the game.

Coaching is based around ball familiarity and movement, especially for the age groups of five to eight.

The age groups from nine to 12 years will also work on vital areas such as consistency, finding space and decision making.

At the end of the programme, each player will receive a progress report that will assess strengths and possible weaknesses that can be improved.

The Advanced Centres are invite only so each player will have to work very hard, show lots of potential and have an excellent attitude to be considered. For more information on October Half Term courses, call 01474 874 937 to book a place or visit

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