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April Football Festival

Bristol Inner City

On Wednesday 1st April 2015 we shall play in a Football Festival at Under 8’s, Under 9’s, Under 10’s and Under 11’s.

We shall play against Bristol Inner City Advanced Development Centre, which acts as Bristol City Development Centre, and a Development Centre from West Bromwich Albion.

april football festval

Most parents have indicated they will travel up in cars, anyone needing a lift please get in touch with Stuart. The cost of the trip, exclusive of transport is £20:00

Start Times

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
U8 – 6V6
U9/10 – 7V7

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
U11 – 8V8

Payment Details

Cooperative Bank
Account Number: 13152479
Sort Code: 08 92 49

Reference: Players Name

The Venue

City Academy School, Russell Town Avenue, BS5

For Players from our Under 8’s, Under 9’s and Under 10’s we would like you at the Venue for 9 AM, for Players from our Under 11’s we would like you there for 12:00 noon.

We would like all players where possible to turn up to the game in Academy Development Centre Tracksuits, and all players shall play in White Matchday Kit.


Under 8’s

Jago Bill
Alford Ben
Ashbee Charlie
Bridgett Freddie
Lawson J’adore
O’Brien Harrrison
Parker Issac
Skews Finley
Feighery Leon
Hobbs Teddy
Crocker Lloyd
Fisher Cole
Gosling James

Under 9’s

Beardsmore George
Bell Jamie
Braund Benjamin
Colwell Lewis
Kearney Rio
Merrin Ed
Mitchell Danny
Newman Finley
Porter Charlie
Roberts Oliver
Honeywill Joseph
Baverstock Marley
McGuinness Kayden
Fortin Ellis
Moss Casey
Nicholls Lennon
Palmer Callum

Under 10’s

Brockman Oliver
Crocker Jayden
Gregory Tyler
Jeal David Eric
Jones Joshua
Martin Jamie
Pacey Zak
Stephenson Barny
Turner Thomas
Winstanley Barnaby
Brewer Louie
Fortin Kai
Marsh Charlie
Raglon Liam
Sanders Oliver
Ryan Geach
Jayden Crocker
Jamie Gerraghty

Under 11’s

Alford William
Bashir Shakeel
Bixby Shane
Bullard Kobe
Camies Harry
Dawe Ethan
Doey Jacob
Giddy Aidan
Gofton Joshua
Hardman Charlie
Jago Jude
Jones William
Marquand Haydon
Mulholland Ethan
Richardson Ace
Robinson Jack
Schooling Guy
Symons Joseph
Thomas Oliver
Williams Leo
Woodmason Oliver
Coath Carlin
Nash Benjamin
Rodosthenous Michael
Lewis Reilly
Henry Pitman
Callum Gaunt



Nottingham International Cup

The highlight of our Football Calendar has been announced and we look forward to playing against various professional academies in a competitive tournament. Playing in a competitive tournament environment, our players will look to grace the following facilities:


28 Immaculate Grass Pitches

Including 2 superb new Sports Pavilions

Professional Pitch Facilities

4 pitches with barriers and dugouts

Goal Sizes

Full (u14 +) & Intermediate Size Goals (u11, u12, u13)

Training Facilities

Ample training areas including full size 3G pitch on campus

On-Site Café & Snack Bar

Sports cafe and snack bar


About the Tournament

The tournament will offer dedicated professional/select competitions at all age groups for professional academies, centres of excellence, select teams and others of equivalent standard from under 8 to under 16 and older teams may enter our open tournament up to under 18. We use England’s age system of classing teams according to ages on 31 August but for the teams from those countries who follow the FIFA convention we allow the use of the calendar year.

Britain’s largest International Professional Youth Tournament for: Academies, Centre of Excellence, Development, Select and Representative Teams.

English FA teams register from the 31st Aug, 2015. Teams affiliated to other National Associations are Registered from the 1st January, 2015.

Teams will commence playing in Groups of 4/5 teams on a round robin format before progressing onto a knockout phase. All teams will be guaranteed a minimum of 4 games.

The games will be played at Nottingham University’s magnificent two football Centres – Highfield’s & Riverside Park. All teams will play at both venues. The finals will play at Highfields Sports Village.

The fields are professionally maintained to the highest Academy standards, with quality areas available for training both on Campus, and at the nearby Riverside Park. There is also a full size 3G pitch at the accommodations, and a 25 meter heated indoor pool.


Age Groups

We shall be looking to take teams at Under 8’s, Under 9’s, Under 10’s, Under 11’s, Under 12’s, Under 13’s, Under 14’s, Under 15’s & Under 16’s.

The Under 8s – 28th July 2015

Under 9s – 29th July 2015

Under 10s – 28th July, 29th and 30th July

Under 11s – Under 16s – 28th July, 29th July, 30th July, 31st July


Who we Played Against

Last year in the various age groups we played against various professional youth outfits including:

This is without mentioning the teams that make up 19 Nations in last years tournament.


Accomodation & Costs

We shall be staying in accommodation in and around the Nottingham area.

28th – 31st July

For the age groups Under 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s, 16s

The cost of the trip for a player shall be £390.00

(this will not be inclusive of the travel to and from Nottingham, and food costs, the money for the bus to take us to Nottingham and back shall be payable a couple of days before we depart, we envisage that boys will need approx £50.00 for food money )
For the Under 9s
28th – 29th July

The cost of the trip for a player shall be £190.00, for those staying with our Party

(this will not be inclusive of the travel to and from Nottingham, and food costs, the money for the bus to take us to Nottingham and back shall be payable a couple of days before we depart, we envisage that boys will need approx £20.00 for food money )

For Parents wishing to make their own arrangements, therefore Players needing to make their own arrangements for food, travel and transport – the cost that will be payable to ourselves is £100.00

With the Under 9 age group, we shall have warm up fixtures on the 28th July, and the one day tournament shall take place on the 29th July (All Players from the Under 9 squad -will need to be collected from our party on the 29th July, by parents/guardian).
For the Under 8s
Players/Parents will have to make their own arrangements in terms of accommodation (if they wish to travel up the night before) as for this age group its a one day tournament.

The cost shall be £75.00


Payment Terms

For Under 10s – Under 16s
Deposit of £150.00 to be paid on or before the 3rd April 2015
Balance of £ 240.00 to be paid on or before the 15th June 2015

For Under 9s
Deposit of £90.00 to be paid on or before the 3rd April 2015
Balance of £100.00 to be paid on or before the 15th June 2015

For Under 8s
Balance of £75.00 to be paid on or before the 1st June 2015


Bank Details to pay Deposits/Balances into

Cooperative Bank
Account Number: 13152479
Sort Code: 089249
Reference: Please quote your sons name as the reference



Liam Prynn Debut’s for Torquay United

Liam Prynn makes his debut for Torquay United first team against Wrexham aged 17.

Stuart Henderson, Head of Youth Recruitment, at Torquay United FC spotted Liam playing at the age of 12 years of age following a Year in the Development Centre, Stuart recommended him to Torquay United, immediately he signed for the Under 13, which was then known as the Centre of Excellence. Four Years he has made his debut for the first team, showing a fantastic example of what can be achieved.

Alex Battle (Plymouth Argyle) Jordan Bentley (Plymouth Argyle) see our Videos Section in our website, and Archie Thomas (Torquay United) have all been offered scholarships by their respective Clubs. All three players were members of our Development Centre at Under 12s and received coaching from our experienced coaches Martin Jones and Karl Curtis, and represented the Development Centre in Sweden, playing against the likes of Barcelona.

A fantastic achievement for the players and just another one from our Development Centre conveyer belt. following the likes of Lloyd Jones (Liverpool) Sean Morrison (Cardiff) Matt LeConte (Plymouth Argyle) Tyler Harvey (Plymouth Argyle) all now fully fledged professional that have come through our ranks. A Big Well done to all the coaches involved.



Foundation & Youth Topics for March and April

Foundation – March and April

When and Where to Switch Play – Shooting and Finishing

Youth – March

Denying, restricting and predicting play and heading



Our Goal as an Academy

Academy Development Centre Limited is an independent football academy to give young schoolboy players from 6 to 16 years of age who are above average ability, the opportunity to develop as both an individual and a team player within a structured unit.

The Academy Development Centre is run independently to Torquay United Football Club, with the Academy Development Centre providing an environment in which players can develop through following a Comprehensive Coaching Syllabus.

The Academy aims to bridge the gap between grassroots football and the Academy at Torquay United.

In addition to the coaching programme, we offer all of our talented players the opportunity to perform in a games programme which takes place predominantly on midweek evenings. We organise fixtures to allow our players the opportunity to translate technical skills acquired through the delivery of the coaching syllabus and put this into practice within the games programme.

By developing good relationships with both local Clubs and local leagues within the area, coupled with the fact that players of the Academy Development Centre can continue to play for their local grassroots Club while they attend the programme has proved a successful formula.

Over the past 5 seasons, over 80 players have signed schoolboy contract forms with Torquay United’s Academy.