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Kent FA recommends Pace Soccer Schools

The Kent FA are encouraging parents, schools and community groups to take extra care this summer when signing up to football-based holiday activities sessions to ensure that young footballers get an enjoyable and safe experience through using a Kent FA accredited provider like Pace Soccer Schools.

Pace Soccer Schools have achieved the accreditation, meaning that their community football activities meet governing body standards in coaching and organisation.

In recent years there has been significant growth in the number of commercial Soccer Schools and Academies, who deliver paid-for football coaching sessions outside the traditional local grassroots club and league structure.  This growth has seen a number of these companies providing schools coaching, school holiday activities and extra-curricular activities and education-linked 'Academy' programmes for 16-19 year olds.

These companies usually include ‘Soccer School’ or ‘Football Academy’ in their business name and often have a professional appearance, including branded vehicles and bespoke marketing materials.  These companies are commercial ventures, so anyone can start a business in this field if they so wish without any compulsory regulation of standards or services.

In 2012 the Kent FA became the first County FA to launch a voluntary accreditation scheme for commercial coaching companies, a benchmarking process approved by the FA based on the existing Charter Standard principles of club and league accreditation.  As part of the benchmarking criteria, Pace Soccer Schools can demonstrate;

  • Appropriately qualified coaches, including the relevant FA coaching awards, First Aid and Safeguarding Children;
  • Appropriate insurance policies in place;
  • Evidenced best practice in business governance and financial management;
  • Required safeguarding standards including CRC (previously CRB) checks for coaches;
  • An understanding of and commitment to inclusion and equality in their coaching.
  • Passed screening to ensure that no employees of the Soccer School are currently banned or suspended by the Football Association or any of the County FAs.

More details of the scheme are available on the Kent FA website at www.kentfa.com

We offer a wide variety of holiday courses, from our extremely popular soccer schools, to multi sports courses, cricket schools and even cycling courses. Our professional and dedicated staff ensure that skills development takes place, but also that a huge emphasis is focussed on fun and developing friendships and social skills.

Pace Soccer Schools

We have a well established philosophy which ensures all children have a fantastic experience on our soccer schools! Fun and enjoyment goes hand in hand with player development. Learning and personal progression is at the forefront of what we do, and is achieved through our excellent coaching team. The majority of children come back to us time and again, 96% in fact, which is an indication of the enjoyment that children experience on our courses.  We have been recognised by the Kent FA having been awarded 'gold status' under their soccer school award scheme. The award is designed to ensure that the highest possible standards are in place and maintained at Kent based Soccer Schools and that the safety and well being of the players is paramount.

The courses focus on skills development, fun games - and of course plenty of matches, including a mock World Cup tournament on the final day, with the winning team receiving medals. Every participant receives a gift, and there are also other prizes and awards to be won over the duration of each course. Book places for our Soccer Schools in our online shop.

PACE Playscheme at Sandwich Leisure Centre

Our PACE Playscheme runs from Sandwich Leisure Centre during the school holidays, for boys and girls aged 4-13yrs old.   Our Playscheme really does have something for everyone!  Children will have the opportunity to play a wide range of sports, which can include basketball, netball, kwik cricket, ultimate frisbee, football, athletics, badminton and more!    We also include a variety of inclusive sports, for example Nu Age Curling and Boccia.  But it's not all about the sport, we also offer activities such as Arts and Crafts.  We provide a safe environment for children to play, try new activities and enjoy the social side of the holiday course.  Click here to book for our Playscheme at Sandwich.

All Playscheme days run from 10am until 3.30pm, but parents also have the option of an early drop off and late pick up at an extra cost.  Online booking prices for this particular course are as follows:

10:00am - 3:30pm   £12.00 per day
8:30am - 10:00am   £2.50 per day
3:30pm - 5:00pm   £2.50 per day

As our prices are very competitive anyway, please note there are no discounts for sibllings or for members of Sandwich Leisure Centre.  If you have any queries or for more information please click here or book places on our courses.