The Army Football Association's Football Develpment Centre is based in Aldershot and was officially opened in October 2013 by former Army FA Chairman Major General Bruce Brealey alongside Major General (Retd) Christopher Elliott (Director, Army Sports Control Board) and Dylan Evans from the FA.
The Development Centre has a classroom which caters for up to 30 students, toilet facilities and office space and is adjacent to the 3G football pitch at the Wavell pitches on Queens Avenue, close to the Army FA headquarters in Fox Lines.
Army Football is grateful, to the Army Sport Control Board Charitable Trust, and The Football Association. Without their financial support, the build would not have been undertaken. Army football is also grateful to Panasonic (Toughbook) who generously supplied the latest digital equipment in support of our coaching centre.
The previous centre for those that knew it, was converted from garages behind Clayton Barracks in Aldershot using Army Football Association funding in 2006. During the intervening period approximately 7000 individuals passed through the facility. The new centre, which has disabled access, will now be in a position to assist Battle Back in delivering courses to disabled soldiers.
Football in the Army is regarded as “THE SOLDIERS GAME” and Army Football ambitions are to be the most effectively run and thriving sport within the Army, enhancing the Army’s reputation nationally, supporting our Governing Body the Football Association (FA) in achieving their National Game Strategy.
This new Football Development Centre will show that the Army FA is leading and governing the game, providing and funding an effective teaching facility. It offers a purpose built training environment which meets the needs of the Governing Body, and will enhance our ability to qualify the requisite number of coaches and referees, required to facilitate the needs of the Field Army. Inevitably this will improve the standard and performance of football, at a time when we should be looking to raise standards and encourage participation in sport. It has always been the Army FA ambition to have a qualified official, officiating at every match being played; this new facility will greatly assist us in achieving this ambition.