Development Squad Programme

Invite only

Available at:

BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN HUB (Sportshall (U5/6s) Outdoor 3G (U7/8s)

Age Groups:

Reception (Age 4 turning 5 within the current academic year)

Year 1 (Age 5 turning 6 within the current academic year)

Year 2 (Age 6 turning 7 within the current academic year)

Year 3 (Age 7 turning 8 within the current academic year)

Little Lions 5 Year Journey



We believe football is for everyone, however at foundation age the differentiation can be huge and we aim to ensure we can offer a learning environment to suit all children. On Tuesday evenings our selected development squads will train together in their respective age groups. We have great links with EPPP academies and visit clubs to play games and expose children to an academy environment throughout the season.

U6s-U8s will play frequent fixtures from September through to May. All players are required to purchase the Development Squad Bundle as a member of the Development Squad programme. This will be purchased from our Club Shop

In order to ensure that all children have access to a fantastic learning environment we invite striving children to the development squad programme (subject to availability).  Our development squads offer us the chance to nurture and challenge children who have a special talent and give them the best chance to reach promising potential in a fun, challenging and motivating environment. Our development squads have a 4 year plan which concludes at the end of the U8s (Year 3 academic year group).

Development Squads will be recruited from all 3 hubs at the respective age groups.

Founder of Little Lions (Nathan), believes there are many talented footballers that need additional quality coaching to reach that next level. Our driving passion is to give those players the same opportunities as those in pro club academies.

In the Development Squads players and parents are asked to show the same commitment and discipline that you would attending a professional academy.



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We want every child to get the right level of support to maximise their potential throughout their school life and beyond

Coach Nathan

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