The Park Club offers some of the finest football facilities for Club members of all ages to enjoy, including an FA regulation size football pitch and Astroturf 5-a-side pitches.
These, combined with excellent F.A. qualified Football Coaches and associations with Old Vaughanians Football Club enable The Park Club to provide the perfect setting to participate in "the beautiful game".
Football for Young Members
Football activities are offered throughout the year to cater specifically for boys and girls. Women’s football is becoming increasingly popular across the UK, and fully qualified male and female instructors will ensure all participants are afforded the best opportunity to develop their talent during their courses. Football activities are broadly divided in to two categories: Term Time activities and Holiday Camps.
Term Time Football Activities
These six-week courses are designed to run within spring, summer and autumn school terms divided by half term holidays. The following activities are available during these times.
Courses for children aged 3 to 5
Our pre-school programme aims to give younger children, from 3 through to 5 years old, their first taste of football and a whole lot more. Using the greatest game on earth – football – we introduces children to real sports skills and help them develop their natural love of being active. For more information on our pre-school courses please speak to the crèche or see their notice board.
Courses for children aged 4 to 5
Courses for the younger children, aged 4 and 5 years of age, focus on an early development of the core football skills that will result in a long and enjoyable involvement in football. It will also help to develop their coordination, balance and team – working skills generally.
Courses for children aged 6 to 7
Courses for the elder children, aged 6 to 10 years of age, offer a chance to further develop the skills learned in the earlier course to a more accomplished level. In addition to this, greater emphasis is placed on tactical awareness, sportsmanship and a good understanding of the rules of the game.
Courses for children aged 8 to 9 and 10 to 16
Courses for children, aged 8 to 9 years of age, see the continued emphasis on development of all areas of the game, ensuring that the core skills involved in football become habitual for all children involved in football at The Park Club. When numbers permit coaching of the 10 – 16 yr olds will emphasise the transition from small-sided football to the full size game.
Holiday Camp Football Activities for Children Aged 5 to 16
During school holidays, week long Football Camps are available for all young members to enjoy.
All of the coaches are fully F.A. qualified and C.R.B. checked. They offer an insight into how training is structured to help them improve as players in a fun environment and professional style to ensure that all children taking part in the all-day camps go home totally fulfilled with their days activity.
In addition to this, the end of week tournament allows the participants to show off the skills they have learned throughout the week and put themselves in contention to win The Player of The Week Trophy. Football Camps are available for boys and girls from the age of 5 and can be booked on a daily basis or for the whole week. Children aged 4 should try the creche which offers the perfect environment for this age group. Alternatively the football camp runs a mini football camp from 12.00 to 13.00 daily when football camps are running.
Holiday Camps afford parents the added flexibility of being able to leave their children at the Club for a day or the whole week if they prefer. An early drop-off and late collection service is also available.
The course summary on the reverse provides greater details of a typical Football Holiday Camp.
When Are Football Courses and Football Camps Available?
Details of when the Term Time Football Courses & Squad Sessions and Holiday Football Camps are run and the associated costs may be found in the Sports and Activity Timetable. These are available from the main reception. You can also download the booklet on our member's website www.mytpc.co.uk by clicking HERE.
The Park Club are proud of the level of football coaching that they are able to offer. As a minimum all coaching staff are qualified to the standard of F.A. Level 1 Coach. BFCCST whom also supply coaches to TPC have some very well qualified coaches and we regularly have F.A. Level 3 qualified coaches working here on our Football camps and our ATP programme.
Steve Mills (BTEC Sports Science, Level 2 National Coaching Certificate, Junior Team Managers Award, HSE Child First Aid)
Steve has a real passion for football. He played semi-professionally until the age of 18. Steve has also greatly expanded his coaching ability by running courses and training camps at Barnet Football Club before joining The Park Club in 2001.
Steve Britton (BSc (Hons) Sports Rehabilitation and Sports Science, National Coaching Foundation, FA Preliminary and Leaders Award)
Steve Britton has always been involved in football and trained at the Brentford Centre of Football Excellence for 4 years. Following injuries, his passion for the game led him into coaching and Steve gained numerous coaching qualifications including FA Leaders and Preliminary Awards, National Coaching Foundation certificates and more recently an honours degree in Sport Rehabilitation with Sport Science.
Steve’s coaching experience spans 12 years working with Ealing Sports Development Team in conjunction with Brentford Football in the Community, across the borough and Twyford Sports Centre as head coach. Steve joined The Park Club in 2000 and runs the Saturday sessions with Steve and Tony.
Frequently Asked Questions about Football Courses and Camps
What equipment do children need to bring?
The Club provides all equipment.
What should children wear?
Football boots are ideal however a solid pair of outdoor shoes is a satisfactory compromise. If children do wish to wear football boots please bring these separately as it is not suitable to walk through the Club wearing shoes with studs on!
Children should wear clothing suitable for outdoor sport and ideally football shorts and shirts.
Shin pads are compulsory.
Classes do continue when the weather is poor so warm and / or weatherproof clothing is advisable. When the sun is strong sun-cream and a cap / hat are recommended.