SLD Soccer School

Go to the next level with your football

– Soccer School –

About SLD

With High-Quality coaching, our SLD Soccer School provides a variety of sessions – from Girls Only to our Elite and Developmental programmes to our beloved Super Saturdays. No matter what age or ability, we have a session for you!

Term-Time Activities

– Every week during the School Term @ The Elmgreen School –

These sessions provide high-quality coaching for all ages and skill-sets.
We focus on technical opposed/unopposed practice, individual technique, and small games.

Super Saturdays

– MULTI-ABILITY SESSIONS –

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Kick off the weekend with a session for all ages and abilities! Taking place every Saturday morning, we run groups for everyone starting from Reception age.

Mini-Movers (Reception-Year 1)
-10:30am-12pm

Mini-Magicians (Year 2 + 3)
-10:30am-12pm

Mini-Maestros (Year 4 and above)
-10:30am-12pm

Sessions held at The Elmgreen on the Astroturf.

Remember, your first session is FREE!

To claim your free session, input the voucher code FREETRIAL when you book.

Finally, please make sure you have read our Risk Assessment and watched our Safety video prior to attending

Boys Elite & Development Programmes

– WEDNESDAY EVENINGS –

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Kick off the weekend with a session for all ages and abilities! Taking place every Saturday morning, we run groups for everyone starting from Reception age.

Mini-Movers (Reception-Year 1)
-10:30am-12pm

Mini-Magicians (Year 2 + 3)
-10:30am-12pm

Mini-Maestros (Year 4 and above)
-10:30am-12pm

Sessions held at The Elmgreen on the Astroturf.

Remember, your first session is FREE!

To claim your free session, input the voucher code FREETRIAL when you book.

Finally, please make sure you have read our Risk Assessment and watched our Safety video prior to attending

Girls Only

– MONDAY EVENINGS –

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This session invites key stage 2 girls of all abilities to come and improve their football. Our girls programme has really developed over the last two years and we are now starting a NEW Saturday morning session. We have a maximum of 16 spaces available at each session, so make sure you get your child booked in now!

Girls only sessions

Mondays, 5:30pm-7pm

Sessions held at The Elmgreen on the Astroturf.

Remember, your first session is FREE!

To claim your free session, input the voucher code FREETRIAL when you book.

Finally, please make sure you have read our Risk Assessment and watched our Safety video prior to attending

PLEASE NOTE: We do progress our best players onto trials at academies but only if the opportunity is right.

– Meet Our Coaches –

SLD Coaching Team

George Marsden
Senior Primary PE Specialist
& Head Coach of SLD Soccer School
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Coached Session: Elite & Development
Fav Footballer: Paul Scholes
Fav Football Team: Man United
Fav Football Drill: The Rondo
Why Do You Enjoy SLD?: “I enjoy SLD because it is an opportunity for me to provide young players with high quality coaching that will hopefully expand their knowledge of the game and help them progress. Reflecting on my own experience as a player in youth football, I did not have any high quality coaching until the age of 19, so I love being able to give the SLD players something that I didn’t have at their age.”
Ryan Locock
Primary PE Specialist
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Coached Session: Elite & Development
Fav Footballer: Ben Foster
Fav Football Team: Arsenal
Fav Football Drill: Goalie Wars
Why Do You Enjoy SLD?: “I like watching the boys in the matches especially when they take on board and use something we (coaches) have tried to coach into them.”

Teri Lovesey

Primary PE Specialist
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Coached Session: Girls Only
Fav Footballer: Didier Drogba
Fav Football Team: Chelsea
Fav Football Drill: Defending
Why Do You Enjoy SLD?: “I enjoy it when girls attend SLD on a Monday, most of them have never played football before and within a few weeks the girls look really comfortable on the ball.”

Malik Azaze

Primary PE Specialist
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Coached Session: Elite & Development / Super Saturdays
Fav Footballer: Thierry Henry
Fav Football Team: Arsenal
Fav Football Drill: The Rondo
Why Do You Enjoy SLD?: “Love Football and the joy it brings to the children”
Jacob Calder
Primary PE Specialist
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Coached Session: Girls Only / Super Saturdays
Fav Footballer: Thierry Henry
Fav Football Team: Arsenal
Fav Football Drill: Defending
Why Do You Enjoy SLD?: “I love seeing people challenge themselves and adapt to different scenarios”
Hosanna Gayle
Apprentice Primary PE Specialist
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Coached Session: Girls Only
Fav Footballer: Rio Ferdinand
Fav Football Team: Man City
Fav Football Drill: Pass & Shoot
Why Do You Enjoy SLD?: “Gives the girls a boost of confidence”
Stan Christoforou

SLD Coach

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Coached Session: Super Saturdays
Fav Footballer: Eden Hazard
Fav Football Team: Chelsea
Fav Football Drill: Where Goals Come From
Why Do You Enjoy SLD?: “I enjoy SLD because it provides an environment for children to learn through play and fun.”
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SLD Case Studies

“One of the girls has been coming to SLD for 2 and a half years now. She’s a really polite, friendly and popular member of the group. Her strengths are turning with the ball and her range of passing. We work on ball mastery every session, which involves practising specific skills with the ball and she works hard to perfect her skills with every new move we work on. She has a fantastic attitude for learning and is never afraid to ask questions in order to fully grasp a new activity or concept.

A session that really stands our for me is one that focused on 1v1 situations. Her ability to press her opponent at the right time was fantastic and she won the ball back consistently, timing her tackles brilliantly. Once she had won the ball, she drove forward on the attack, beat the defender in front of her and went on to score with almost every possession. It has been really enjoyable to watch her develop as a player and as a person, particularly given that she had not played much football before joining SLD. She has is always developing her understanding and knowledge of the game and loves to watch her favourite team, Liverpool, play at the weekends. We always catch up on a Monday evening at the training sessions and talk about the scores and our favourite goals from the weekend.”

Teri, SLD Girls Coach

“This particular player has attended SLD for nearly 4 years. He is now in Year 8 and really has become a fantastic person and player. He brings a desire and hunger to sessions that is infectious and which improves the quality of football played as a result. He can play confidently with either foot, dribble with fantastic control, finish from close range or shoot from long distance and lead a team with his positional understanding and organisational qualities. As one of the older boys in our group, he is the perfect role model for some of the younger players.

A session that lives long in the memory is from a fixture, in which this player was influential. That night, we gave the boys autonomy to decide on tactics and positions and to lead their own team talks before, during and after the game, in a player-led session. He led by example in an assured defensive display and played a significant role in the creation of goalscoring chances, but perhaps his most admirable quality that night was his leadership. He orchestrated the team talks, speaking and listening to his team mates to ensure they were prepared to perform. I remember at one point during the half time team talk, lots of the boys were speaking all at once and he took the lead in calming the conversation down and impressed upon his teammates the importance of listening to each other if they wanted to improve their play in the second half. As a coach, it is immeasurably rewarding to see the players you coach mature into well-rounded, confident people and this player is a perfect example of what we aim to produce at SLD Soccer School”

George, Head Coach of SLD

– Bookings –

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Monday Girls Only
Wednesdays Boys Training (Year 5-8)
SLD Super Saturday
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