Professional Development Phase (U17-U21)

Professional Development Phase (U17-U21)


The Professional Development Phase aims to prepare the player for life as a professional or semi-professional footballer in the Club’s first team. Games are organised regionally and usually take place at weekends.

Game Format

Any variety of competition including one, season-long, league table is permitted. Results can be collected, published and trophies presented.

Format: 11v11 including goalkeeper.
Pitch Size: Maximum 130 x 100 yards, Minimum 100 x 50 yards.
Ball Size: 5
Goal Size: 24 x 8 feet
Playing time: Minimum 25 minutes, Maximum 45 minutes (per half)
Maximum in one day for normal fixtures 120 minutes, 150 minutes for all tournaments and events.

Our Teams

Under 17

Sponsor: Tom Church Foundation
League: Lancashire Sunday Football League
Home venue: 50/52 Bankfield Lane – PR9 7NJ – Sunday 11am

Under 18

Sponsor: Tom Church Foundation
League: North West Youth Alliance Premier Division
Home venue: 50/52 Bankfield Lane – PR9 7NJ – Sunday 2pm

Under 21

Sponsor: Digitel Communications Systems
League: Cheshire FA Under 21 League
Home venue: Edge Hill University – Sunday 2pm

The Coaching Team

Head of Professional Development: Cameron Foster (UEFA B)
Head Goalkeeper Coach: Darren Wildman

Professional Development coaches:

  • Cameron Foster
  • Callum Perry
  • James Kane
  • Kieran Owens
  • Connor Doherty
  • Dave Brooks

Ask For A Trial

Player recruitment for the first team is overseen by the First Team Manager and club Director of Football. Recruitment for our professional development phase is overseen by our Head of Professional Development, Cameron Foster: 07748 378769 /

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Our Club Philosophy

Foundation Phase (U7-U11)

Youth Development Phase (U12-U16)