The Youth Development Pathway (U7s to U16s) at Crawley Town FC is designed to focus on the holistic development of the players within our centres. Emphasising the importance of building resilience, confidence and leadership skills, our players are role models whether they are on or off the football pitch.
All players are expected to continue training with their grassroots team and are provided extra support if necessary to find a local team.
Our centres are delivered once a week and there are additional training opportunities (Talent ID Centres & Goalkeeper Clinic) available to opt into. All of our players have the opportunity to be Ball Retrievers at Crawley Town FC home matches.
There are opportunities to progress through our Player Pathway, which starts at Mini Reds – introducing under 6’s to the world of football.
From there players progress through the Saturday Soccer Centre/Talent ID Centre where the players who excel get invited to our Development Pathway. The progression from the Development Centre is the Elite Centre which is from the U7’s to U16’s.
The next step in the pathway is to trial and enrol for our U19s Education Academy for the BTEC National Diploma in Sport. This is a 1 to 3 year programme, allowing students the opportunity to gain qualifications while at the same continuing to represent Crawley Town FC in the National Youth League. From here there is the potential of players to be scouted to play for the Crawley Town FC, of which 3 current students have had the opportunity.
Ian Cobbett, Player Pathway Coordinator said this about the pathway,
"Our pathway is designed to improve the individual within a team setting, allowing our players to create their own unique style. We work closely with our Foundation Academy U-19 side and coaches to establish a style and coaching programme to give our youth phase players something to aim towards and responsibility to take with them outside of Crawley.
We aim to play games every half term against professional clubs around the country and play friendlies before a home match to give our players a matchday experience. Allowing the players to represent their club and community"
For more information visit our website today -https://www.ctcommunityfoundation.com/elite-development-centres