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Grassroots Development Centres Continue This Saturday

21 May 2015

The Sky Bet League One season may have concluded but Port Vale’s Grassroots Development Centres are still going strong every Saturday.

The Valiants Academy has produced current first team stars like midfielder Chris Birchall, goalkeeper Sam Johnson and winger Ryan Lloyd and now you can follow in their footsteps by coming along to the Grassroots Development Centre. 

The club’s Steps To Excellence offer a unique opportunity within the professional game for children and young people to progress from playing grassroots football to potentially becoming a first time player. 

The Grassroots Development stage allows children of any ability to come along and receive coaching to help improve their game. 

The sessions take place each weekend and focus on developing: 

1.    Shooting and finishing 

2.    Dribbling 

3.    Passing and receiving 

4.    Ball mastery 

5.    Ball control 

6.    Turning 

7.    Running with the ball 

Vale Academy Manager Sevvy Aslam said: “These centres are aimed at keen young football players aged five to 14, who are organised according to age groups and will receive an enhanced level of coaching, with focus on the technical aspects of the game with equal emphasis on fun and participation for children of all abilities. 

“Players are monitored by coaches, and depending on ability, will have the opportunity to progress to the elite centre, or Port Vale's Academy. 

“We are extremely proud of our Development Centres and both the Academy and Port Vale are committed to ensuring that the best opportunities are provided to all members of our community to develop to their full potential, regardless of background.” 

Click here to download a flyer with more information on the Grassroots Development Centres., call 01782 655825 or visit more details please email

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