The Manchester Player Development Scholar Programme provides an ALTERNATE ROUTE FOR EDUCATION and an ALTERNATE ROUTE FOR FOOTBALLERS. Based in the centre of Castleton at The Soccer Factory in Rochdale, students will train on the 9v9 indoor pitch and study in the newly purpose built interactive classroom, specifically built for Manchester Player Development, that will look onto the pitch. Unique to Manchester Player Development, the 9v9 indoor pitch is the only independent 9v9 sized indoor pitch in the area. The venue is easily accessible by public transport - buses and trains from all over Manchester. All sessions and games will be delivered by professional, passionate, experienced A Licence coaches and lessons by qualified education professionals.

Manchester Player Development will provide a pathway into a career in Sport. We will create opportunities to PLAY through our contacts at numerous professional/semi-professional clubs throughout the North West and abroad. There will also be the opportunity to start your COACHING journey under the guidance of our Head Coach. If HIGHER EDUCATION is the desired pathway then you will be supported in applying for university places in the UK and USA with playing scholarship programmes. Also the student will be prepared for EMPLOYMENT with local businesses and apprenticeships.

Manchester Player Development aim to provide passionate footballers, who might have missed out on a scholarship with a pro club, an alternate route to continue their dreams and students passionate about Sport the chance to train full time while continuing their route into higher education.

Come along to one of our trials / open days to check out the coaches, venue and education programme.

The Soccer Factory,
Royle Barn Road,
OL11 3DT



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Courses we offer

School Leavers 16+ Study Programmes - Sport

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Sport (Football)


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