Elite Football Academy and Development Centre Ages 5-11

The aim of our Elite Programme is to give higher ability players, aged 5-11 the opportunity to receive quality coaching in an elite environment, surrounded by players of a similar ability.


Interested In Joining Our Invitation Only Football Programme?

The aim of our Elite Programme is to give higher ability players, aged 5-11 the opportunity to receive quality coaching in an elite environment, surrounded by players of a similar ability.

Our Elite football academies are run by elite coaches. We have 2 head coaches, all UEFA B and Youth Award licensed coaches that are currently coaching at, or have coached at Premier League Academy CAT 1 clubs.

If you feel your child is excelling currently in their team, or wherever they may be currently playing football, our Elite football academy is the right programme for them.

A high number of our Super Stars have gone on to play for Premier League and Football League development centres & academies through this programme, including Chelsea FC, Millwall FC, AFC Wimbledon, and Brighton & Hove Albion. 


ELITE Academy Session Structure! 

Check out what you can expect to happen at our weekly football sessions for school years 3-6 in Croydon & Sutton


Arrival & Free Play

The first 5minutes of our class are FREE PLAY! Each Super Star is given their own ball to play with where they can experiment and have fun before the class officially kicks off!


Warm Up Game

After your Super Coach has told the group what they will be focusing on and the theme, the warm ups begin! High tempo agility, speed and coordination games are used


Technical Game

Your Super Star is given their own ball and works on ball manipulation, tricks & skill execution


Skill Game
/ Decision Making Practices

This part is where the Skillz are put to the test! Linked to the technical game but now practicing with pressure from defenders / other players


Matches and Tournaments

It's the big kick off time! We create 2-4 teams to play in a match where they will express themselves and show what they have learnt from the class! We encourage lots of celebrating and team work!


Player Of The Week

At the end of the class after we have had our debrief, our Super Coach will choose 1-2 children from their group to be "player of the week"! What happens here? You will have to find out 😬

Our Football Elite Academy and Development Centre Programme

Check out where our programmes run in Croydon & Sutton


Thomas More Catholic School, Purley

Monday Development Centre

School Years 1 & 2 4.45-5.45pm
School Years 3, 4 & 5 5.45-6.45pm


Elite Football Academy Benefits For You and Your Superstar!

Just some of the football academy session benefits you will enjoy!

Links With Professional Football Academies and Scouts

We aim to push our more talented footballers on further

100s Of Touches On The Ball Each Session

The more touches your child has the better they will become at football!

Playing with good players that will challenge your Super Star further

All children here are invited or have had a successful trial

Guest academy coach sessions

We invite current academy coaches to deliver guest sessions once a half term to give your child an awesome experience.


Trials and Payments!

Find out more about your trials and monthly payments ⚽️

Full Bookings Information and Terms
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2 Trial Classes for £5

Enjoy TWO trial classes to give yourself enough time to decide if we are right for your Super Star! Refunded upon request should your Super Star not enjoy their first experiences with us ✅ Can't get fairer than that 🙂

What Do Super Parents Like You Think Of Us?👀

Skillz has taught my son Jay all he knows about football and he has spent so many days and weeks learning, developing his skills and having fun at both the weekly sessions!

Jay is currently contracted to Millwall FC and we know that this is down to the skill with which the Skillz Team have taught and nurtured Jay’s love of football.

Melodie Blake, Jay's Mum


About Skillz UK Football Classes and Parties!

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Skillz UK was founded in 2012 by Ashley Thomas. Our first ever class started with just 10 children attending.

The goal has been simple! To create football classes centered around CHILDREN (or our Superstars as we like to call them ⚽️🙂). That means lots of energy, themed games and tonnes of smiles!

To date, we now have over 500 weekly members within Croydon and Sutton at our children's football classes, teaching an additional 350 per in our local nurseries and schools. 

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