Chester-Le-Street United was formed to create a pathway for players at Park View Academy of Sport to enhance opportunities which lead to professional football.
The club was formed by John Gamble and Lewis Pendleton to create a pathway for our academy, initially the Under 19 programme.
Having ran the Under 19 programme playing age group football competing in National Leagues and winning these competitions it was felt that in order to give players the best possible pathway into professional football was to expose them to senior football as a group playing against men. We therefore have evolved our third year programme into playing for senior football.
Players will train FULL TIME, this is key to the progression into playing at a HIGHER LEVEL. By coming away from age group football where academy games are on a Wednesday we are able to run a programme with double sessions that aim to PEAK ON A WEEKEND.
This creates a greater volume of training, protects the players from playing too much football e.g. senior football and midweek football and allows for players to attend showcase games throughout the season.
COACHING & WEEKEND GAMES PROGRAMME
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
SPORTS INJURY & REHABILITATION SUPPORT
Players will have the opportunity to play for the FIRST TEAM or the reserves depending upon ability and their playing time.
You will have the option to train during the DAY OR ON AN EVENING to accommodate the pathway you choose with regards to your EDUCATION OR WORKING COMMITMENTS alongside your football.
Our programme is a FULL TIME TRAINING MODEL that seeks to provide a pathway into playing PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL, or at the very least to push players to play at a HIGH LEVEL, HOME OR ABROAD.
We are partnered with HUDDERSFIELD TOWN having a formal professional link with the club. Our relationship is with the Academy Director (who runs the B Team) and the Head of recruitment for the club. Huddersfield Town became the first professional club to come away from the EPPP system at under 16.
Huddersfield Town have an under 18 team made up of Under 17 players. An Under 19 team made up of Under 18s and a B Team made up of Under 19-23s. Huddersfield Town are looking to SIGN PLAYERS who are ready to play first team football within 12 months.
We are following the Huddersfield Town performance programme for football led by their academy director and sports science teams.
The players in our academy play for Chester-Le-Street United first team who are developing a reputation for PRODUCING GOOD YOUNG PLAYERS, PLAYING ATTRACTIVE FOOTBALL. Having a club that is made up of youth players who train at our academy allows boys to train full time, mirroring the structure of a professional football club. Playing against senior players stretches our young footballers.
By having a weekend games programme it creates opportunities to organise SHOWCASE GAMES against PROFESSIONAL CLUBS to put players in the shop window. Our emphasis is on getting players to play professional football using Chester-Le-Street United as a vehicle to progress to a higher level.
As part of the pathway you will play regular games against academies as the northern league midweek schedule subsides. This creates a perfect pathway for you to develop as a player by playing and training at an intense level in the early part of the season, as we head towards christmas we will organise more games against academies as you have physically developed providing you with the best possible chance of progressing your career. We played a number of showcase games previously against:-
Huddersfield Town B Team
Huddersfield Town U19S
Thailand Under 19 National Team
I was able to train like a professional alongside gaining an education. The coaches connections enabled me to go trial with professional clubs in turn allowing me to sign a professional contract
Coming to the programme at 16 and having 3 years of development has helped me gain a professional playing contract.
Going into full time training allowed me to develop sides of my game which I was lacking. This enabled me to enhance these areas, ultimately helping me gain a professional contract.
It was a year in which I played in a few positions and got to find out about myself as a player. Gained a fitness diploma qualification (PT), something which I haven’t yet come to need, but in the future could be handy, alongside a semi-pro football career, for example. It goes without saying that we had an epic season on the pitch, which is always nice, but most of all for me, I was able to thoroughly enjoy my football, and meet lads who I can say are mates for the long run.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
SPORT SCIENCE /
We are founding partners with VEO being the first academy in the UK to use the VEO recording system. We have access to the latest cameras and technology as well as having a dedicated analyst who produces video clips.
We are partners with Perform Better who have created our bespoke strength and conditioning facilities. We have a bespoke s and c facility with world class equipment equivalent to that of a premier league club.
Every players wears a heart rate monitor and GPS vest for training every day and games, these are linked to live data which is monitored by our Sports Scientist. We monitor player loads and use this data to create player packs to send out to clubs.
This year our players have received a FREE TRIP abroad as we have accessed national agency funding.
We play in Milan against Serie A and Serie B teams.
We have had tours of Thailand and tours of Croatia previously these tours have resulted in playing opportunities for our students to have the chance to play professionally abroad with offers from clubs such as:
Pattaya FC Thailand
FC Novigrad Croatia
EDUCATION / WORK PATHWAYS
WHILE YOU TRAIN & PLAY
A DEGREE WHILE YOU ENHANCE YOUR ABILITY
SPORT SCIENCE & COACHING DEGREE
The degree is a flexible programme for those looking to progress into HE. it allows you to stop after one year or continue at your own time and pace. Delivered on site by professional HE tutors from UCS. This course is ideal for those looking to forge a career in the sports industry.
You can access FULL STUDENT FINANCE for this course and a MAINTENANCE LOAN from student finance which covers the cost of your course fees and your ACCOMMODATION. A student loan is repayable once you start to earn £27,295 per year. Delivered on site 1 day per week.
Year 1 HNC
Year 2 HND
Year 3 BSC
This qualification provides the knowledge and skills to enable learners to prescribe, plan and deliver safe and effective exercise programmes and pursue a career in personal training.
Anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
Know how to support clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
Health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
Principles of exercise, fitness and health
Planning gym based exercise
Instructing gym based exercise
Applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme
Programming personal training sessions
Delivering personal training sessions
WORK & TRAIN
You can choose to WORK & TRAIN, either sourcing your own employment or we can provide access into work via CONSTRUCTION WITH LOCAL BUSINESSES where we can source PAID EMPLOYMENT alongside your playing and training.
This allows you to forge a career in construction and or engineering.
DIRECTOR OF SPORT
FIRST TEAM MANAGER
HEAD OF COACHING
HEAD OF ANALYSIS
FIRST TEAM COACH
HEAD OF MEDICAL
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
We train at the Washington hub and the Riverside at Chester-Le-Street having access to outstanding 4G PITCHES & HIGH QUALITY GRASS PITCHES. Our home ground has been ground graded by the FA and will house 20m high floodlights creating an atmosphere for night time games.
We have our own Strength and Conditioning facility on site that will house state of the art testing equipment that includes:-
VALD TESTING LAB
WITTY TIMING GATES