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Programme Aim

Colchester United Boys Development Centre's aim is to support talented young players along their football development pathway both on and off the pitch. We want to work with the strongest grassroots players in the local area, and provide them with the opportunity to support their development further. Our Development Centre is a individual learning programme that consists of a  90 minute training session per week  at either our Tiptree (1st Team Dome), Colchester or Heybridge venues.

All players have to be invited to attend a 4-week trial, after which they will receive an outcome and feedback. If successful, players benefit from the below opportunities:-

  • 90 minute session per week with highly qualified staff.
  • X2 fixtures against other profession clubs within half term periods
  • Sessions with high quality equipment and recourses (Goals, Footballs, Bibs, Macron Training Kit, Macron Match Kits, Veo’s and more)
  • Opportunity to progress into Colchester United FC Academy.
  • Opportunity to meet Colchester United FC 1st Team Players.
  • Tour 
  • Opportunity to be a ball person at Colchester United 1st Team Fixtures
  • Match Day Experience at Colchester United 1st Team Fixtures
  • FREE Access to Academy Physios
  • X3 Feeback Points throughout the year
  • Introduction into post 16 college programme
  • Strength and conditioning sessions

For information on our Development Centre, please see the below contact’s.

Head Of Participation – Joe Hart (

Football Development Officer (U6’s-U11’s) – Mark Holder (

Football Development Officer (U12-U16’s) - Kieran Michaels (

Goalkeeping Lead – Masen Hayes (





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