Pre-foundation Programme

Open to all abilities

Available at:

Blackburn with Darwen Hub
Chorley Hub
Accrington Hub

Age Groups:

Academic Pre-School (Age 3 turning 4 within the current academic year)

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

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

Little Lions 5 Year Journey

At the end of the U6s season all players will be given the opportunity to add grassroots football to their football career with our partner junior football clubs.

All U6s will be given the opportunity to join our foundation programme (U7s-U9s) at the end of the season.

During the pre-foundation programme all players have the possibility to be recruited for our development squad(s)

In the pre foundation groups we focus on making learning fun and playing numerous games with a hidden agenda. Lots of touches on the ball with ball manipulation on a weekly basis. Children at these age groups are naturally selfish with the ball so we hone in on this to encourage dribbling techniques, skills, running with the ball effectively and turn this into a powerful attribute for them to use and gain confidence on the ball.

Session Key Elements

Maximum ball rolling time

Relevant to the game


Intensity & realistic tempo

Opposed practice

Game practice


Topic related

Enables decision making

Encourage weaker foot practice

Players take risks to facilitate a guided discovery coaching method

We have seen players encouraged to clear the ball, “boot it”, “get rid of it”, “send it long” – our players overtime will learn this isn’t how we play football

Pete Sturgess

FA Technical Lead Coach Age 5-11