The Aire Wharfe Elite Football Centre provides elite football opportunities for young players in the Aire-Wharfe Valley. Working in partnership with Leeds United and Ilkley Town, we provide extra coaching sessions and fixtures for talented players aged u’6 – u’16 who wish to further their football journey in an elite setting. Our weekly coaching sessions take place at Ben Rhydding Sports Centre on our state of the art 4G facility with FA Level 2 and UEFA B qualified coaches. Each Saturday morning during term time our u8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 age groups compete in the Private Development Games Program, designed to create more challenging fixtures against other likeminded private academies. Our u13, 14, 15 and 16 age groups have monthly friendly matches against like minded opposition.

For players leaving school at 16, we offer a full time football scholarship program based at St. Mary’s school Menston. The program combines A Level or BTEC studies with a full time training and fixture program for boys and girls, competing in the National Colleges League each Wednesday afternoon. 

A key to our success is working alongside local clubs in order to create positive relationships based on player development. The

training and games are scheduled to not interfere with local club football and we will never ask or expect our squads to stop playing for their local teams. We provide the opportunity in the Wharfe Valley for players who want to challenge themselves further by playing alongside and against players of a higher standard. Our aim is to bridge the gap between local participation football and offer our own unique elite player pathway experience.

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