AW Elite Football Centre partner with Leeds United

The Aire Wharfe Elite Football Centre (AW) based at the recently named MPM Stadium in Ben Rhydding have partnered with Premier League Club Leeds United to assist in elite player development in the local area.

The aim is to provide players with top level coaching and game time without interfering with sunday club commitments.

The squads train once per week on either Tuesday or Friday evenings depending on age group and are coached by professional coaches who are either UEFA B or FA Level 2 qualified.


AW manager Sam Dexter welcomes the opportunity to work with such an established club.

“I am delighted we have partnered with Leeds United, it is a fantastic opportunity for talented young players in our area,” he said.

“Leeds United are a Category 1 Academy and have an unprecedented history of producing excellent players such as James Milner, Danny Rose, Fabian Delph and in more recent years Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke.

“I think the partnership speaks volumes for the hard work we have been doing over the past couple of years to create a strong reputation for player development and we are delighted that an academy such as Leeds have chosen to work with us”.

The Leeds United partnership is another step in the right direction for the AW as they aim to establish themselves as a major player when it comes to developing talented young players.

The centre have operated out of Ben Rhydding for the past two years and provide extra coaching and matches for players aged 6-16 who wish to take an elite route in their football journey.

Working on a variety of topics, the AW aims to develop the players both technically and tactically, allowing the players to improve and progress. “We have a clear playing philosophy, which is focussed on mastering the ball and being comfortable in possession amongst one or two other important aspects,” Dexter explained.

“But it is not just about football, we also want to see our players develop as people and so we encourage a strong work ethic and set high standards of behaviour for both players and coaches during our sessions. We want to recruit players who are committed, willing to learn and who want to work hard in order to achieve their maximum potential”.

With Leeds United recently returning to the Premier League this is a fantastic opportunity for local players to showcase their talents as LUFC Academy scouts and coaches will regularly attend training sessions and fixtures, as well as provide opportunities for players to play at Thorp Arch, Leeds United’s training ground.

The AW currently have 150 players in their system and no doubt the new partnership will attract more eager youngsters along to the training sessions held at the state of the art 4G facility in Ben Rhydding.
This October, the AW will also start their rst year of delivering a football scholarship in partnership with St. Mary’s school, Menston.


The program offers talented players aged 16-19 the chance to train and play in a full time football program whilst studying for A-Level or BTEC qualifications in a range of subjects, Leeds United have confirmed they will assist in the promotion and recruitment of the program.

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