A new dedicated football academy has recently opened at Box Football on the Stanley Green Retail Estate in Cheadle Hulme. Box Football Academy offers training sessions for players of all ages and abilities on its state-of-the-art indoor 4G football pitches.
Box Football’s team of UEFA qualified coaches is led by Academy Director Damien Allen, who began his career at Manchester United FC Academy, where he spent six years. He has played for several other clubs including Stockport County FC, Halifax FC, Bangor City FC and Royal Antwerp FC, and has made over 350 first team appearances across English Leagues 1 and 2, the Europa League, the Welsh Premier League and the Belgium Championship.
Damien has been coaching football for over ten years, at Bangor City FC and Bury FC, and as Welsh National U14 Coach and Director of Football at Cheadle Hulme School. He holds both the UEFA A-License Senior and Elite Youth awards, and is currently studying for his Masters degree in Sporting Directorship at Salford University.
Damien’s team runs a large number of sessions throughout the week at Box Football. Their aim is to develop players at all levels, and use modern training principles and practices from the Box Football Academy curriculum. Childrens’ sessions are structured with warm-ups based on ball mastery, clear learning topics and themed matches, finishing with fun games in small teams.
Players are grouped into Little Dribblers (age 2 to 4, see p. 28-29) Reception and Year 1 sessions, Girls Football for ages 5 to 12, Goalkeeper clinics, one-on-one sessions, small groups of four, and invitation-only Hot House sessions for elite players.
Box teams train once a week: the U6 to U8 teams play in the Respect league and the U9 to U14 teams play in the East Manchester League.
Box Football also offers sporting activities for adults, holiday camps and children’s parties. There is a soft-play area, free Wifi, you can watch BT Sport and Sky Sport matches on big screens, and there is a licensed cafe-bar. www.boxfootball.com