DO YOU want to play for an ambitious club on the Fylde Coast that develops from within?

COULD YOU be the next budding star to come through the Academy and achieve your dreams in our brand new multi million pound Mill Farm development?

WILL YOU sign up for the best education to go hand in hand with your sporting dream?

If the answer is YES, and you are in Year 11 or Year 12 then bring along your boots to our Under 18 trials during the first week of the Easter break – March 30 to April 2nd.

AFC Fylde and Blackpool and the Fylde College are running an Academy to be based at the college from September 2015. During half term we opened the doors to trialists with a number being offered terms – and this is your chance to be involved if you missed out first time around.

The trials and training will be administered by First Team manager Dave Challinor and his assistant Colin Woodthorpe who between them have over 1000 Football League appearances between them and over 40 years’ experience as full time professionals. Assisting will be development squad manager Alan Williams, himself a skills coach and tutor for the FA.

First team goalkeeper coach Craig Dootson will be on hand to put the goalkeepers through their paces and pass on his professional experiences from the full time game as well as coaching expertise from his time with Leeds United FC. First team players Matthew Blinkhorn, Dave Hankin, Liam Tomsett, Danny Rowe and Adam Sumner will all be present to cast their eyes over the talent and give advice and help where required.

Finally, First Team Physiotherapists Steve Jackson will be onsite all week to treat any niggles and look after any first aid needs.

All of the trials will be videoed by our Video Analysis team from UCLAN

The week long trials will be a mixture of training and drills in the morning, with games in the afternoon.

MONDAY AM (10-12) – Technical training session

LUNCH (12-1)

MONDAY PM (1-3) – SSG’s


TUESDAY AM (10-12) – Fitness Testing

LUNCH (12-1)

TUESDAY PM (1-3) – SSG’s


WEDNESDAY AM (10-12) – Recovery Session

LUNCH (12-1)

WEDNESDAY PM (1-3) – Extended games


THURSDAY AM (10-12) – Tactical/Technical training session

LUNCH (12-1)

THURSDAY PM (1-3) – 11 v 11’s

We hope everyone can attend for the whole week to get a taste and feel of AFC Fylde as a football club. If you aren’t available for certain days this isn’t a problem but could you just let us know when you express an interest so we can revise the programme if necessary.

The Academy has been a great success since its inauguration and allowed young players to develop and progress not only to represent AFC Fylde’s First Team but also achieve County and International Honours.

If you would like to express an interest either call 01772 682593 during office hours or email your details to