Moorland School
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Football Coaching at the Highest Level

Our Promise, Your Promise

We can all dream… and dreams, hopes and ambitions are what life is all about whether it’s on the football pitch, in the classroom or whatever career you follow. It is our responsibility to ensure we offer a safe, happy and caring learning environment, where all pupils achieve their true potential in as many areas of their schooling as possible. This is our promise to you, and one that is translated into our Academy coaching methods.

Developing through the Elite or Academy route is challenging, and as we offer our promise to educate and coach, we want you as parents to give us your promise in return. Quite simply, we’ll expose your child to as many opportunities we believe they are suited for, that’s our promise, and your promise is to support your child and us, in knowing what’s best for their personal and football career progression.

We don’t give false hopes. We’ll present realistic targets and in turn, through nurturing and individual student attainment, we’re confident your child will encounter a range of opportunities and experiences to enhance their development.

Responsibility To Educate

Moorland prides itself on being a truly inclusive school in every way. It is our responsibility to educate both in the classroom and on the sports field. Academically we offer a large variety of options to suit every child’s choice. This includes being able to opt for a number of subjects that can be combined into one study programme, an option that wouldn’t be available to children in other schools.

Whilst ‘signed’ on the Academy programme, training is intense and immensely gratifying for both parent and child. Partaking in several intensive coaching sessions each week, players develop the skills, agility, awareness and technique to play at an impressive and intelligent level. It is this ethos that permeates through your child’s academic education at Moorland. A challenging and varied learning environment awaits all Elite and Academy students, not only developing their football skills but helping to also form the person.

Moorland International Football Academy is a truly inspirational program that combines first class football skills development with educational opportunities. That’s what people tell us, and it’s true. My name is Charlie Jackson and I lead the training development on the Elite and Academy programmes. Here at Moorland, we haven’t simply thrown together the International Football Academy – it is the culmination of years of carefully developed coaching methods which focus upon unrivalled delivery, mentoring, and social development techniques, helping

produce the best football talent. With our training facilities located in the heart of the Ribble Valley on the Moorland School Campus, we are proud of the very individual culture within the programme. Academic tuition is seamlessly blended with innovative football coaching, providing a truly unique offering.

Elite & Academy

We are delighted that Charlie agreed to join us at Manchester City. Charlie has many years of experience coaching at the highest level in Academy football. We are confident under Charlie’s leadership at the Regional Centre we will continue to produce Academy players for Manchester City.

- Trevor Todd – Junior Academy Manager Manchester City FC

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Moorland School from Clitheroe aiming for national glory in the ESFA PlayStation®Schools’ Cup Finals

Moorland School from Clitheroe will take to the hallowed turf of Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium as they bid to win the countrywide U14 Boys English Schools’ FA (ESFA) PlayStation® Schools’ Cup.

Moorland School will be part of the three-day PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival, which runs from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd May. They will face Ibstock Place from Surrey, on Tuesday 22nd May with the opportunity to be crowned the ESFA U14 PlayStation Schools’ Cup champions.

The finals festival sees all players given the full match-day experience. They will warm up in Reading FC’s £1million indoor training facility before changing in the main stadium dressing room and making their way onto the Madejski Stadium pitch in front of a lively and enthusiastic crowd.

With free entry for all attendees, the Festival has become a popular day out for supporters and school friends. Over 6,000 spectators attended last year’s finals. A feast of football, celebrity appearances and a series of spectator competitions and activities contribute to the electric atmosphere. The volume will be cranked up even louder this year with a decibel meter measuring the noisiest supporters each day.

Last year’s Festival was backed by Peter Crouch, Leighton Baines and England women’s captain Steph Houghton. This year’s finals are set to attract a host of star names keen to support this highly acclaimed grassroots initiative – the biggest in England.

PlayStation UK Marketing Director Mark Bowles commented: “We’re delighted to return to Reading Football Club for the 2018 PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival. It is great to give so many pupils the chance to represent their school in a national tournament. For the competing players and their travelling supporters, the trip to the Madejski Stadium will be their equivalent to a Wembley final.”

ESFA Chairman, Owen Aiston, added: “The ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival is a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the very best Schools’ Football talent in England. Teams who have made it to the National Finals have already shown themselves to be amongst the best squads in the country, which is an outstanding achievement for all involved. We are thrilled to be welcoming schools and their supporters back to Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium for, what is sure to be, another fantastic event.”

You can follow all the Festival action on or across the social media channels:
• Psschoolscup or schoolsfootball for Snapchat and Instagram or