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Regional Development Journey

The Cambridgeshire Regional Football Development programme has a 2-tier development system in place to provide development opportunities for boys across the region. Within each level of the system, a technical syllabus is put in place to match the DNA & philosophy of Norwich City Football Club and its Academy.

The levels outlined below can be accessed by attending our regional activity courses such as soccer schools or technical centres, recommendation or by being scouted.

Programme levels: 

Player Development Centres (PDC)

Operating at four venues across Cambridgeshire, the PDC Programme caters for talented boys in their respective age groups from 6-16 years old. Training currently takes place for one-and-a-half hours a week and includes a half-term internal fixtures programme. Boys who show strong work ethic and progress with us will be selected to take part in representative squads against the Centre of Excellence at Colney Training Ground, fixtures against local teams, tournaments and festivals as well as tours and matchday experiences. Our U13 & U14 age groups also participate in a District League run by CSF in Norfolk.

All boys will be given a written report mid-season and at the end of the season. This level of the system is invitation-only.

Elite Player Development Centres (EPDC) Under-9s to Under-16s

Operating across two venues in Cambridgeshire, the Elite PDC Programme caters for talented boys in the U9 to U16 age groups. Training takes place for three-and-a-half hours a week and involves a mixture of futsal and football sessions. The Elite PDC also involves fixtures against other professional clubs' sides and a monthly fixtures programme in the Norwich City FC District League for the older age groups.

All boys will be provided with a written report mid-season, and at the end of the season. This level of the system is invitation only.

Norwich City FC Academy Centres - Centre of Excellence & Futures

The U6-U8 Centre of Excellence is a regional elite centre for boys who are looking to achieve an Academy place with Norwich City FC. Boys will be invited in for an initial six-week trial and then provided with feedback. Succesful boys will continue with the Centre for the remainder of the season. CofE boys will be invited to take part in half-term call-back games, under the watchful eye of Academy staff. In 2014-15, two boys achieved an Academy place, one who started with the Cambridgeshire PDC Programme. In 2015-16, six boys signed and In 2016-17 four boys signed for the Norwich City FC Academy. 

The futures group is a training centre based at the Norwich City FC Training Ground, Colney and caters for U9-U16 boys from Cambridgeshire, Suffolk & Norfolk who are excelling in their local centres or have been scouted.