Youth Programmes

The Greenwich Peninsula Player Development Programme is a multi-layered approach that provides a professional training environment for youth players. The youth programs are operated as part of the Greenwich Peninsula homegrown approach to player development. The Greenwich Peninsula draw on extensive support and expertise from a global soccer brand to offer the highest level of youth soccer programs in the South East London area. Our coaches receive extensive training that continues throughout their tenure with the Greenwich Peninsula, all supporting the coaches ultimate goal: help players develop and reach their highest potential.

There are five levels which make up the pyramid. At the base is our Development Programs which serves players, clubs, and coaches. The next level, our Local Development School, is a training program for talented players that are recruited through a tryout and scouting process. The LDS also acts as an identification platform for our boys and girls Pre-Academy teams, the first level of the pyramid where players join a Greenwich Peninsula team full time. At Level 4 of the pyramid, the most talented players have the opportunity to represent Greenwich Peninsula Futsal teams. The goal of the Academy teams is to develop future professional football players for Professional Academies, elite college programs and Professional First Teams.

This page explains each level of the Greenwich Peninsula player development pyramid, from the grassroots level to the professional Academy.

Academy Key Areas

Teams

  • Girls Academy age groups include U12, U13, U14, U15 and U16.
  • Boys Academy age groups include U12, U13, U14, U15 and U16.
  • Our philosophy emphasises the relationship between the different corners, but specific focus can be put on any one of the corners in order to meet a player’s individual needs.
  • Teams are exposed to the highest level of competition and play in local, national, and international competitions.

Staff

  • Lead by an Academy Director (UEFA-PRO) who is integrated at all levels of the player development pyramid. The teams consist of head coaches (Level 1-2) at each age group as well as a strength and conditioning coach, goalkeeper coach, scouting team, and administrative and player welfare staff.