Boothstown FC under 5s and under 6s Academy
Confidence, Friendship and Achievement Through Football
Exciting News for Local Young Footballers
Starting in September 2016, Boothstown FC Academy began to offer places to under 5 age group players, in addition to the existing under 6 age group Academy
This allows the Boothstown Academy to provide an opportunity for young players to have 2 years of fun and quality coaching, prior to moving into the league structure at under 7 age group
We are currently at full capacity for children born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013, to start as under 5s in September 2017
However, spaces do become available and if you are interested on going onto our waiting list for this season, are have a younger child you would like to register for future seasons, please contact Mike Roberts as below
As always, we look forward to welcoming your daughters and sons
For more details, or to put your child on the waiting list, then please contact Mike Roberts on
Mobile: 07939 044011
email: Mike Roberts – Send email
We always have a long waiting list and places are usually full a good year in advance, so we advise you get your boys and girls on the waiting list aged 2 or 3 to be sure of starting in the September when they start their school reception year.
Our Mission Statement
The Academy was modelled on the best practice principles of a solid & consistent introduction & development plan for new children.
Boothstown FC is an FA Charter Standard Community Club, which means all our coaching staff are as a minimum FA level 1 qualified, Child Protection & First Aid qualified, and of course CRB checked through the Manchester FA.
After 12 years dedicated service, Den & Mike Stephens retired from the Academy at Christmas 2014.
The reins have been picked up by Mike Roberts, who has been coaching for 8 years at Boothstown FC (currently with u14 Sharks) since his son (Harrison) was a graduate of the Academy with Den & Mike Stephens back in 2010.
Harrison now assists with the coaching, which widens his experience, and also provides the younger players with a role model who is easy for them to relate to.
Mike R is an FA Level 2 Qualified Coach, who also holds Youth-specific FA Qualifications to Level 3 and FA Goalkeeping & Futsal qualifications, and is genuinely privileged to be able to pick up on the fantastic legacy provided by Den & Mike Stephens
The principles, coaching and outlook of the Academy enable us, not only to teach children & parents to enjoy football, but also to help develop peer ‘credibility’ in the playground to build children’s own confidence and sense of achievement.
We work with the uncompromising principle of positive encouragement only. There is no place for negativity, frustration, disappointment or dissent.
This helps us to see changes in children’s confidence, self belief & stature in just a few weeks.
Our training plans are prepared in line with FA junior team coaching principles, but built around fun and games. There is no formal warm up, we will drill for the first part of the session and play a game to finish – we may warm down with a penalty shoot out, depending on the session plan.
We do not play games against other teams until the end of the under 6 season, but towards the Spring we arrange mini tournaments & friendlies. This is to ensure the children get the chance to develop their techniques and a love of the game at their own pace, without any pressure to succeed.
Organised matches start in year 3, when we hope that parent coaches will take the children on into the u7’s mini leagues with the Bolton & Bury League.
Within all of this, the Academy enthusiastically promotes the principles and values of the Manchester FA, with whom the club is formally affiliated. Fun, fair play and respect for all. All our Academy parents are required to complete the FA’s Soccer Parent course online and present their certificate in the first 5 weeks of their child starting.
Most of the players and Managers that have joined Boothstown since 2004 have been inducted, developed and coached through the Academy. The success of the Boothstown teams in recent years has been built on the foundations laid down through the Academy .
Our Invitation to You
The BFC Academy train most Saturday afternoons, 12:45pm at the pitches on Bridgewater Park, Amberhill Way, Boothstown, M28 1UP.
Come and grab a coffee and a snack, and see what you think.