The Spartans Community Football Academy delivers a range of community football coaching programmes for boys and girls aged between 3 and 12 years. Our focus is on the development of football skills in a safe, friendly environment. Our staff are all Scottish Football Association qualified and are experienced junior coaches. When you purchase coaching from us you are supporting our social enterprise to deliver education, health and wellbeing and youth work programmes in our local community where there are areas of some of the highest social deprivation in Scotland.
SatSun Soccer is our signature programme. It runs during term time and is suitable for children aged between 3 and 11 years. Sessions run on either Saturday or Sunday mornings and are split by age into:
Little Dribblers is an introductory, developmental soccer school for children aged 3 to 4 years. This class develops movement and social skills through fun, football-related games.
Junior Soccer School is for players aged 5 to 6 years. This class develops football skills through fun but structured coaching and small-sided games.
"I would just like to say on behalf of my son, a big thank you very much to his trainers. They are teaching him great new skills, a new performance mindset and a love for the game. In today's class he was feeling very confident and happy. He's looking forward to the camp on Wed! Spartan's Academy has really got him interested in football. Thank you from me too!"
- A happy community customer!
Senior Soccer School is for players aged 7 to 8 years and 9 to 11 years. The focus is on developing technical skills in control, passing, dribbling and scoring.
Little Miss Kickers is our girls-only programme for players aged between 5 and 8 years. Our focus is on providing a fun introduction to football where players can develop new skills and make new friends. Sessions are delivered on Fridays during school term.
Building on the success of Little Miss Kickers we introduced a coaching provision for girls aged 9-11 years. Sessions run on Friday afternoons from 2-3pm during term times.
For kids aged 5-8 years.
Midweek Messis takes place on a Wednesday afternoon from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. As with our Saturday/Sunday programme, players are split into Junior Soccer School (ages 5 to 6 years) and Senior Soccer School (ages 7 to 8 and 9-11 years).
Friday Football programme for children aged 5-7 years during term times.
Holiday Hat-tricks is our fun-packed holiday programme that runs during October, February, Easter and Summer breaks and provides a whole week of football, fun, skills and socialising for participants. Our holiday programmes cater for children aged from 5 to 12 years.
This 4-week programme that we deliver in Nursery Schools for children aged 2 years+. The programme encourages development of physical literacy and social skills through fun football-themed activities. The final week includes a 'graduation' ceremony where each child is presented with a certificate. If you are interested in this programme please ask your child's nursery to contact us for more information.
You can book online for our coaching programmes please click here. To find out more please call us on 0131 552 7854 and ask for a member of our community coaching team or you can email Nichola at email@example.com
Full terms and conditions of your booking can be found here
The Academy has a limited number of supported hardship places. Please call us or drop into the office if you would like more information.
Spartans Community Football Academy Coaching - FAQs
Q. How does my child get into one of the Spartans Football Youth teams?
A. SCFA community coaching programmes are the formal pathway into Spartans youth football section. When spaces become available in the youth teams (12 years and under), children taking part in our community football programmes who meet the selection criteria will be signposted to the appropriate youth section team. If your child is over the age of 12 you please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. What are the selection criteria?
A. Each player is assessed on the basis of:
If you would like more information on the criteria please contact Nichola Sturrock: email@example.com
Q. How are your coaching groups selected?
A. Coaching groups are selected based on children’s dates of birth. Players who book in after a block has started will be allocated to the closest available coaching group based on their date of birth.
Q. Can my child change coaching groups?
A. Requests for changes of group can only be made before the block starts.
Q. When do the blocks run?
A. Blocks typically follow the school term dates. Detailed information can be found at here or on your booking confirmation email.
Q. How do I book in for the next block?
A. If you are an existing customer your child’s space is automatically reserved for the next block unless you opt out. You have to confirm your child’s attendance and pay for the block by the payment deadline date that is sent to you by email. If you do not confirm and make payment by that date then your child’s space is offered to customers on our waiting list. If you are not an existing customer you can book onto our blocks here. If the block you want to attend is full, you can register with us and join the waiting list. Should a space become available you will receive an email from us.
Q. Can I still pay in cash or by cheque?
A. If you are unable to pay online you can still register your child through the online system and pay by cash or cheque. These payments should be handed into The Academy Office in an envelope marked for the attention of Nichola Sturrock, Football Development Manager.
Q. I know someone who does not have access to the internet, how do they book on to your programmes?
A. We can book players on to our programmes manually. Customers can fill out a booking form and make payments at The Academy office.