Here at Burnley FC in the Community we place a large amount of value on the development of local young people and the talent they possess by providing excellent opportunities for them to show outstanding potential. The aim of our Player Development Centre (PDC) is to provide a professional coaching environment in which to develop the techniques, skills and tactical awareness of talented players – allowing for the individuals to reach their full potential on the pitch.


This development is facilitated through weekly training sessions that are delivered by highly qualified coaches who have a wealth of experience within the elite game. Training takes the format of age-appropriate activities to optimise development at different ages.


The PDC includes two phases every Wednesday evening:


Primary School – Elite Training Centre, Turf Moor


Wednesday 24th January – Wednesday 11th April 2018 (5pm – 8pm):

  • Under 7s and Under 8s between 5pm – 6pm
  • Under 9s between 6pm – 7pm
  • Under 10s and Under 11s between 7pm – 8pm


Secondary School – Prairie Sports Village, Burnley


Wednesday 10th January – Wednesday 28th March 2018 (8pm -10pm):

  • Under 12s, Under 13s and Under 14s between 8pm – 9pm.
  • Under 15s and Under 16s between 9pm – 10pm.


We have expanded our PDC to include primary ages so that children can benefit from high-calibre coaching from an earlier age. The squads will compete in regular fixtures and competitions against teams ranging from grassroots clubs and other PDCs to academies from across the region. This provides players with an opportunity to showcase their ability in what will be a competitive and fast-paced environment.


The PDC works closely with the Burnley FC Academy and both initiatives share the same philosophy and training syllabus. The PDC will provide a mirrored centre in which the academy can identify talented players and compete against them in regular fixtures.


The seamless link with the academy will allow for a fully integrated performance pathway for exceptionally gifted PDC players. Scouts from the academy will observe players who are referred to them by their PDC Head Coach and make a judgement based on a players’ performance throughout training and/or during matches.


The PDC will run for a block of 12 weeks at a time. Throughout this period, players will take part in hour-long training sessions on full size 3G pitches. At the end of each block of training sessions, players will be given a personalised constructive report based upon their performances and developments.


WHEN: Wednesday evenings (see group times above).

AGES: 6-16-year-olds.

COST: £54 for 12 weeks.


For more information about our Primary and Secondary Player Development Centres please contact our Sport Development Manager, Sam Howell, by emailing or ringing 01282 704716.