FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The youngest age you can start training with us is from the age of 3 (although some children start slightly earlier). However we tend to advise parents to try a class first, as it can be more challenging than other classes aimed at a specific age.
We use various indoor hall and other facilities that are available when the weather is too dark, cold or rainy, Your child should always bring trainers as well as football boots in case we train indoors. They should also bring kit that they feel comfortable playing football in, including shin pads to prevent knocks. We ask children bring a water based drink (no fizzy) and also advise against drinks like Lucozade and Power Aid as they contain the chemical called `Aspartame` (Google to read more) which has negative effects.
Depending on their level and age - we will aim to improve their ability to shoot, pass, defend, attack, dribble and improve their speed and coordination, A child needs to establish a foundation of understanding and experience before they can move on to the more challenging techniques. We offer training for all levels right up to elite players but all players need to start with the absolute basics.
We may already have our own academy in your local area, however We are able to find teams for players from U7 - U19`s. However joining a team is not for everyone, we only have a certain number of spaces in each team and not every child is ready to play competitive football straight away. We recommend continuing with our development programs and training until your child is ready to join a team.
Although we have had many players signed to professional clubs it is very difficult for a player to get signed to an academy with a professional contract. We tend to think it takes 3 years of Progressive Development training to earn a trial at a professional club. However we are linked with various local clubs.
Yes all coaches are CRB/PVG checked.
Many of our staff work part time who have or still work for such clubs as Rangers, Hamilton, Hearts, St Mirren, Leeds and Carlisle. We are easily able to forward players on to these clubs if we feel they are of the right standard.
We at PFD are committed to providing the best possible coaching available to our own academies and to our partner clubs, we decided that after years of constant poor coaching within local youth teams at grassroot level, we`ve opted to offer our expertise in high quality coaching to local community clubs and development centre.
Yes to all. We do ask that children arrive ready to play though.
Parents can stay but there isn`t any coffee or tea available. Parents are also unable to smoke onsite either.
Yes we do coach in schools but we`d love to coach in more, we offer a great service so it would be great if you could recommend us to the school`s PE coordinator or head teacher.
If you are part of the academy each childs progress is monitored and visualized with a `progress report`. Each child receives a progress report via the parent page so they can easily see their development and progress.

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