Community Football Programme

Community Football Programme

The Marine Academy Plymouth (MAP) football network is amongst the largest and most successful in the South West and was voted by the Football Association as the charter standard club of the year for the South West region for 2013, and Plymouth Herald’s Community Club of the Year 2014 recognising the clubs commitment to providing structure off the pitch and opportunities on it.

The various community sessions: introduction to football programme, Coaching School and competing teams ensure both girls and boys have a fantastic opportunity to learn and play the ‘beautiful game’ at MAP.

The courses are directed by qualified MAP Sports Manager Darren Stewart UEFA/FA qualified coach and a former apprentice with Portsmouth FC who has also previously coached and managed at Plymouth Argyle’s Centre of Excellence, Plymouth Schools FA and Manchester United Soccer Schools.

The delivery of the sessions by our team of qualified FA level 2/Module 2 coaches led by MAP Sports Assistant Samantha Drewery are specifically modified to suit all ages and abilities, ensuring fun and active participation, but recognise the commitment for participants to play as part of a team and as an individual. A factor that is acknowledged by professional clubs who offer our players contracts, every season.
The MAP Football Club network has enjoyed unprecedented success in local leagues, cup and county competitions and is now firmly looking forward to a new era of success.
Please take a look at the various community, coaching and team pages for ages that apply, and get in contact with us, we look forward to meeting you.

Football for ages 4-6

Fantastic 4s and Soccer Tots

The fantastic 4s and Soccer Tots sessions are part of our ‘introduction to football programme’. The sessions provide a perfect introduction for boys and girls and enable participants to appreciate ball and spacial awareness, improve motor skills, and respect the discipline required for team related games and exercises. Each session finishes with a ‘mini world cup’ and penalty shoot-out. Every session the ‘Player of the Week’ is awarded with a certificate and trophy. There are opportunities to be fast-tracked to our coaching school for players who make progress and all players are monitored constantly to ensure their groups are ability appropriate to ensure enjoyment, engagement and improvement.

  • Fridays from 4:30pm until 5:30pm
  • Age: 4-5     School Year: Reception
  • Price £2
  • Fridays from 5:30pm until 6:30pm
  • Age: 5-6     School Year: 1
  • Price £2

Football for ages 6-7

Soccer Stars

Our FA approved Community Introduction to Football Programme these sessions combine ball and spacial awareness with games to improve coordination, motor skills and confidence. In addition players have the opportunity to win our ‘Player of the Week Award’ and Certificate.

Sessions are led by our fully qualified FA coaches in a fun and professional environment.

The Soccer Stars session offers pathways routes to the Marine Academy FC Development Coaching School with pathways into the under 7/8 MAP teams.

  • Mondays from 5pm until 6pm
  • Age: 6-7     School Year: 2
  • Price £2 per session

Winter sessions take place in our Sportshall and Gymnasium, Summer sessions take place on our grass training pitches.

Football for ages 7-9

Hot Shots

Our Mini-Kicker session is a part of our ‘Introduction to Football Programme’ and adopts the ‘Let the game be the teacher’ philosophy with emphasis on placing players into appropriate groups to play small team games in a fun, organised and professional environment.

Whether children have progressed from our introduction to football programme or are coming to us for their first time, the Mini-Kicker session offers a relaxed approach to the “beautiful game”.

A player of the week trophy is awarded after each session.

  • Thursdays from 5pm until 6pm
  • Age: 7-10   School Year: 3,4 & 5
  • Price £2 per session

Winter sessions take place in our Sportshall and Gymnasium, Summer sessions take place on our grass training pitches.

Girls Only

Girl’s only sessions provide a fun, yet professional environment, teaching basic skills and techniques through small-sided team games, friendly fixtures and competitions.

The aim of our Girls sessions is to progress interested players into future teams.

Under 10’s:

  • Mondays from 7pm until 8pm
  • Ages 7-10     School Years 2-5
  • Price £3 per session

Under 12’s:

  • Fridays from 6:30pm until 7:30pm
  • Ages 10-12   School Years 5-7
  • Price £3 per session

Winter sessions take place in our Sportshall and Gymnasium; Summer sessions take place on our grass training pitches

Marine Academy Plymouth Football Club Coaching School

The Soccer Coaching School selects  players from the ‘Introduction to Football Programme’ and community sessions  who we feel would benefit from additional coaching, and have both the ability and maturity to adapt to a more structured approach to learning. The emphasis in these sessions is very much on players’ individual techniques and appreciation of team play

The soccer school provides MAP Juniors and Kings sides with their junior teams at under 6s, 7s and 8s levels, before becoming part of the Club structure at under 9s. The sides produced, have consistently been amongst the best sides in the South West over recent years. Not only do players attend the coaching sessions, they have the opportunity to play ‘friendly’ fixtures and enter tournaments. We even have our own separate presentation event every 2 seasons to reward players for their enthusiasm and dedication to training. The players wear the MAP Coaching training kit, which is available from Hoppy’s Sports (next to CDS) or from the club shop on

  • Saturdays  (Sept – April) 9.15am-10.30am
  • Age: Under 6’s
  • Saturdays from 10:15am until 11:30am (Sept – April)
  • Age: Under 7’s
  • Saturdays from 11.15-12.30 (Sept – April)
  • Age: Under 8’s

Winter sessions take place in our Sports Hall and Gymnasium.

Summer sessions from May- Aug will take place on Tuesday evenings on our grass

To gain entry into our Soccer Coaching School please attend a community session in the appropriate age range in the first instance, or request a grading session by contacting the Marine Academy Plymouth sports’ complex.