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Development Centres

Our Development Centre programme sees talented young footballers invited to take part in weekly sessions to have their progress monitored by fully qualified coaches.

Staff from PNECET and the Academy will work together to progress those who impress within the Development Centre programme to move into the Academy set-up.

Participants will be reviewed on a termly basis to align with the review of players in the Preston North End Pre-Academy and Academy set-ups.

The partnership will also allow PNECET staff to signpost talented players from across its community provision to the Development Centre programme where their development can be accelerated.

The Development Centre programme runs on an invitation-only basis, with children unfortunately not able to turn up and play at this session.

All staff working on the Development Centre programme are fully qualified and DBS checked, all possessing at least an FA Level 2 Coaching in Football Award.

  Venue Day / Time
U6s, U7s and U8s UCLan Sports Arena Tuesdays, 5pm - 6pm
U9s, U10s and U11s UCLan Sports Arena Tuesdays, 6pm - 7.30pm

The Development Centre programme is for male players only.

Female players interested in playing for Preston North End at junior level, or indeed open age level, can complete our online expression of interest form here [link] and a coach from your requested age group will be in touch thereafter to discuss your submission.

Details of talented female players can also be shared with the Trust for the potential to be signposted to the England Talent Pathway. PNECET can nominate junior female players to attend regional Elite Talent Pathway events where those participating will be monitored and can potentially be signposted into the England Junior set-up.

For more information about the Development Centre programme, please contact, or for the girls’ talent pathway scheme, email