Elite Development Squad

A full time football scholarship to coincide with education of the highest standard

What We Offer

The Best Coaching

Work with a range of UEFA A and B licence coaches with more than 50 years of coaching experience. Daily sessions and one-to-ones available all year round. With at least eight hours of football a week, there is always opportunity to develop and continue your football journey.

Multi-Million Pound Gym Facilities

With daily scheduled sessions and free access outside of this, there is always chance to further develop in the gym. We offer full access to all of the equipment you will need as a player to improve.

Weekly Games Programme

Play twice a week, all season long, in two of the most competitive leagues in the north. The North West Youth Alliance sees the likes of Curzon Ashton and Chester. Whilst on a Wednesday, the National Football Youth League hosts Burnley, Newcastle and Sunderland.

Video Analysis and Progession

Learn off the pitch with our football analysis software and games videod each week. This means players can watch and be aware of their strengths and how to work on their weaknesses.


Our Team

Brett Issitt

EDS Academy Manager

Stefanie Todd

Head of Education

Lee Wilshaw

Site Lead

Chris Shaw

Goalkeeping Coach

Kieron Lovelady

Under 18's Lead

Aaron Wade-Young

Under 17's Lead

Liam Hopkins

EDS Tutor/Mental Health Practitioner

Karly Bland

EDS Head of Medical

Abby Royal

EDS Tutor/Sport Rehabilitator/Mental health practitioner

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