STOKE CITY FC Academy Development Centres are training centres where we teach the most promising and talented young players from Under 6 to Under 14.
Development Centres are the second tier of our Youth Development pathway. The centres are a feed into our Academy Programme and are the main route for players into our age groups.
Boys cannot join our full Academy Programme until the age of eight, but we are well aware that young players can begin to show promise well before then, which is why we have set up a concept of Regional Development Centres for six, seven and eight-year olds.
All age groups have their own Development Squad, aligning the ethos in our Academy Programme, with sessions running at one central venue in Stoke.
Academy Development Centres are run by invitation only. Players are usually invited to attend a centre after being seen and assessed by one of our scouts, or after recommendations from our Stoke City FC coaching staff, who carry out coaching sessions throughout the Stoke area. We also have a strong relationship with local grass roots Clubs.
Attendance at the centre does not stop players from playing for their local team at weekends. All centres are run free of charge.
The Academy Dome
Dennis Viollet Avenue,
Gordon Banks Sports Centre
Sandbach United Community Football Centre
Hind Heath Road
Roman Road Sports Centre
Campus Meole Brace School
Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy
Stoke on Trent
Derby Race Course Playing Fields
St Marks Road