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St Alban’s City Youth FC join the Coerver® Partner Club Network

St Alban’s City Youth FC join the Coerver® Partner Club Network


Coerver® England & Wales are pleased to announce that St Albans City Youth FC will become the latest Coerver® Partner Club in an agreement that will commence from the start of the 2017-18 season.
St Albans City Youth FC will become the seventh grassroots organisation to be granted Coerver® Partner Club status in England and Wales and will benefit from the full range of benefits and opportunities that the partnership provides from September.


Luke Cheyne is the Head of Coaching & Football Operation for Coerver® England & Wales and has been instrumental in forging the partnership. “We are delighted to welcome St Albans City Youth FC into the Coerver® Partner Club programme for the 2017-18 season.”


“Even as we enter the closing stages of what has been a hugely successful inaugural Partner Club season, the process of evolving and enhancing the programme is a continual body of work. St Albans City Youth FC is a club that we identified as having the correct mindset towards the development of young footballers as well as having the club structure that we believe will make integrating the Coerver® Coaching method a seamless transition.”


“We look forward to having a continued impact in football development of young players across the country and are excited to venture into the Hertfordshire area with St Albans City Youth FC.”

Sam Mardle oversees all coach and community operations at St Albans City Youth FC. “St Albans City Youth FC are delighted and privileged to announce that we have teamed up with the world leaders in their field. This opportunity sees us join European giants SL Benfica, Rangers in addition to the existing grassroots organisations that currently form the Coerver® Partner Club network.”

“With player development and enjoyment at the heart of what the club values, we truly believe that this partnership will provide our players with a huge platform to grow and develop and achieve their goals.”

“Not only that, the Partner Club programme will provide our coaches and managers with exclusive support through regular Coach Education Events to be held throughout the season on the state of the art 3G surface at Nicholas Breakspear School, which will allow everyone to see the Coerver® Model put into practice.”

“The cutting edge Coerver online platform will also be accessible to our club members, coaches and players – a resource that we are truly excited to incorporate into our club’s player development framework.”

“Finally, our players will also receive exclusive access to the Coerver® global network – and receive such opportunities to travel to and receive training sessions at top clubs throughout Europe, including current Champions League holders, Real Madrid.”


As the only club in Hertfordshire to be a Coerver® Partner Club, we are extremely excited to see this programme help elevate us to new levels. We are delighted to have Coerver® on board, and believe this comes at exactly the right time for the club.”

 The Coerver® Partner Club PRO Tour is an opportunity that is available exclusively annually to players that are members of our Partner Clubs.

The Coerver® Partner Club Programme is a globally respected mark of quality that provides specialist support for clubs from grassroots to a professional level and covers four key components which includes Technical Coaching , Coach Education, Session Planning and On-line Learning, all aimed at providing selected clubs with ‘The Skilful Edge’.

Coach Education Week 2016 Success at Nicky B

Level 1 Coaching Course Participants.

St Albans City Youth in the Community had a fantastic half term week training up new young coaches from St Albans District across a number of different sports..

The Young Coaches Programme forms part of the Coach Education Week () in association with The Herts FA, Herts Sports Partnership and Apex Multisport. It saw 20 new enthusiastic young coaches accredited as Community Sports Coaches.

Strategically the Club uses the Programme to help develop young people at the same time as it aims to keep more 14 to 18 year olds actively involved in sport. The 14 and 15 year olds complete a Sports Leaders Qualification while the older coaches are able to take a Level 1 Sports Certificate. These qualifications allow the young coaches to become useful members of the Community by supporting the City Youth School and Community activities.

 Junior Sports Leaders Coaching Course Participants.

Community Coach Paul Spink said "I look forward to getting the additional support from the new coaches. It will help us to expand our existing programme"

A big thank you to the Herts FA for running the Level 1course and special thanks to Danielle Quelch, Football Coach & Referee Education Officer, for organising.

The Coach Education is supported by St Albans City FC and The Conference League Trust thanks to Community funding by The Premier League and PFA.




The Future Game

The Future Game, The FA Technical Guide for Young Player Development.


Two guides, one for the grassroots and one for the elite game, were published outlining a playing and coaching philosophy for the future of the English game.

The vision: players and coaches

The Future Game vision is intended for the whole game, with the same underpinning values applicable for coaches from grassroots to elite level.

A vision for players: To produce technically excellent and innovative players with exceptional decision-making skills

A vision for coaching: To train, develop, qualify and support more innovative coaches, who are excellent teachers of the game

Innovation is a theme embedded in both vision statements, underlining the aim for a more progressive and original approach to player and coach development, one which understands and predicts the trends and demands of the ever-changing modern game.


You can download "The Future Game" iPad app from the iTunes store Click this link >>>>

or for Android from Google Play Click here >>>>


The Future Game Section on the FA Website Click here >>>

Other useful documents:

The Future Game - Forward by Sir Trevor Brooking - PDF National Game Strategy - PDF





Goalkeeper Training at St. Albans City Youth FC


At St Albans City Youth, we recognise that goalkeepers have a huge role to play within any team. Therefore, we pride ourselves on giving our goalkeepers the opportunity to learn the skills required to achieve their own goals, whether that be pure enjoyment or to reach higher levels within football.

Recently, the demands placed upon goalkeepers have changed, thanks to the rise of one Manuel Neuer. Now known as a ‘sweeper keeper’, Neuer’s style encompasses both traditional goalkeeping techniques based upon obtaining possession of the ball and defending the goal, as well as being a creative outlet for the team who can both retain possession and use it effectively. In teaching the techniques to play this way and aiding their transfer to game situations, we aim to nurture confidence within each goalkeeper to have faith in their own ability, despite the emotional roller coaster that being a goalkeeper entails.

Angus Robinson is taking over the running of goalkeeping sessions, having worked at the club for two years. Having been taught by coaches affiliated with Chelsea and Arsenal Ladies, he has a deep knowledge and understanding of the position. As a qualified coach, he possesses the skill, knowledge and enthusiasm necessary to develop your child’s ability as a goalkeeper.

We offer training on two evenings per week…
Tuesday training sessions will take place from 5-6pm on pitch 2. This will be a free session, led by Angus Robinson and coached by our top young coaches.

Friday training sessions will take place from 6-8pm on pitch 2. Ages 7 to 12 will train from 6-7pm, with ages 13-16 training 7-8pm. This will be a paid session, directly coached and led by Angus Robinson.

Goalkeepers must pay half termly online via the Club website before the second session of each half term. Players registered with St Albans City Youth FC will be charged £30 per half term, whilst non St Albans City Youth FC players will be charged £48 per half term. This equates to £5 and £8 a session respectively.
To pay for the Friday Goalkeeper Training session, visit and click on the Goalkeeper Coaching link.







Junior Sports Leaders Course Success

As part of the City Youth Young Coaches programme twenty students completed their Junior Sports Leaders Course this half term. The Course is aimed at 14 and 15 year olds who want to develop themselves as Sports Coaches. The were 19 young students from the local schools, plus our friend Herbie from Wales who attended the event. All 20 participants completed the course.


Thanks go to Apex Multi-sports, Herts Sports Partnership and Nicholas Breakspear School for helping us to host the event.

More Level 1 Coaches Qualified

St Albans City Youth FC hosted a successful level 1 Coaching Course run by the Hertfordshire Football Association at Nicholas Breakspear School during the February half term week. Congratulations on all who took part and are now qualified as level 1 coaches. A number of those taking part were part of the City Youth young coaches programme, which sees over 50 young coaches qualified each year.


A big thank you to the Herts FA for running the course and special thanks to Sharon Gill, Football Development Administration Officer, for organising the course.

Player Development Centres - Boys

Player Development Centres (PDC) for Boys are part of the City Youth Player Pathway which was introduced by St Albans City Youth to help the development of players individual skills aged 5 years and older



New Term Starts 12th September, Concludes 12th December

You can book online at and click on the Player Development Centre tab

or download the Boys PDC Signing On Form  and pay on the day

Our Player Development Centres (PDCs) for Boys and Girls are part of the City Youth Player Pathway. This was introduced by St Albans City Community Youth FC to aid the individual development of players aged five years and older.

Our PDCs allow the players to improve their individual skills by focusing the coaching on the technical aspects of their play. We encourage players to learn a continental style of football, playing with creativity and flair. The cost is £48 per term.

Venue: Nicholas Breakspear School.

If you are interested or want more information please contact the PDC Leader Charlie Boswell


Our St Albans PDC are open to all players/clubs in the Community.


The Boys PDC takes place on Mondays at the following times:

5pm-6pm - Years 1 and 2
6pm-7pm - Years 3 and 4
7pm-8pm - Years 5 and 6


For older age group details please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All at Nicholas Breakspear School AWP Pitch 3. Players should bring a drink, appropriate footwear, clothing and shin pads (no long studded boots).




Goalkeeping Tutorial Success

On November 29th the club hosted their first ever Goalkeeping Tutorial. The course was aimed to give coaches, managers and parents a basic knowledge of goalkeeping techniques and skills required to succeed within matches. The course was lead by Senior Goalkeeping Coach, Dean Goodwin and Assistant Coach Matt Bennett and covered topics such as the W catch, cup, scoop, high catch, position along with much more. At the end of the course we had 15 coaches with a new, basic understanding of the position and how to identify and correct techniques.

We would like to remind you that goalkeepers train Tuesday 5-6 and Friday 6-8 at Nicholas Breakspear School and Saturday 10-12 at Highfield Park.

I just wanted to say a big thank you to Dean for the goalkeeping tutorial. I genuinely found it very interesting and really useful to know the terminology and ideas behind what you have been working on with Ellen on Tuesday evenings. I think all ideas were expressed clearly and articulately and I was very impressed with how well all questions were addressed and answered. Thank you for also providing us with the handout; I particularly want to use the warm up ideas with Ellen prior to games as I have never previously known what I should be doing other than getting her to catch some balls!  I know you were asking if there is any constructive criticism/ideas for next time, but really struggling to suggest anything other than perhaps repeating the session at a warmer time of year!  Many thanks again,  Sarah