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Boys Football

About the Programme 

The football sessions will be led by Mr Manners, who is a highly skilled and qualified football coach. He combines his main teaching responsibilities here at Woodlands with his role as Head of Football. 

The programme provides aspiring young footballers, serious about their sport, the opportunity to combine regular training with their academic studies. This is a fantastic opportunity for student athletes to improve as players whilst learning more about the game. 

The EPD Footballers will be supported and supervised during their academic learning, conditioning programmes, technical & tactical development and competitive programmes whilst inspiring the players to live by our core values of Commitment, Humility and discipline. Those pupils who attend day release sessions will also be supported with 1-1 tuition to maintain academic progress. 

What is involved? 

Pupils will have two sessions a week before school, ensuring a healthy balance between academic achievement and athletic progress. Coaching sessions will look to develop players’ core skills and techniques as well as developing a game understanding. 

The group will be split in to 2: 


Technical development (mastering the basic core skills and techniques whilst looking at position specific roles and responsibilities) 

Tactical understanding (including player analysis) 

Physical Development (building a body for the game) 


Technical development (concentrating on position specific roles and responsibilities) 

Tactical understanding (including player analysis) 

Physical Development (building a body for the game) 

Each player will be expected to represent the school in district, county cup and national cup fixtures whilst also being encouraged to play a higher standard of football at club level outside of school, if not already doing so. Their progress will be monitored closely and trials will be offered within professional clubs should the player show they are playing at the level required. As of the 2022/23 season we have had 9 pupils go on to secure scholarships at clubs. 

Pupil successes from the programme 

Scholarships at Pro Clubs: 

Micheal B – Ipswich Town FC (2019) 

Jaden C – Southend United FC (2020) 

Collin A-N – Southend United FC (2020) 

Ronnie B – Southend United FC (2022) 

Jesse A – Ipswich Town FC (2022) 

Tyler W – Norwich City FC (2023) 

Timi A – Tottenham Hotspur FC (2023) 

Burak S – Colchester United FC (2023) 

Maxwell A – Leicester City FC (2023) 

Meet the coaches 

Name: Mr Manners 

Role at Woodlands:  

Subject Lead of PE and Head of EPD Football 

Coaching Qualifications:  

UEFA B License 

FA Youth Modules 1 & 2 

Coaching History:  

Previous to his role here at Woodlands, Billy spent 2 years coaching for the Football Development department at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. After leaving Tottenham, he spent 18 months coaching for Chelsea Football Club before becoming a qualified PE teacher. Billy was also an academy coach at Southend United Football Club during the 2016/17 season. He currently works for a Cat 2 academy as a scout and has built up links with various professional clubs. He also runs the Basildon District Schools FA. 

For More Information, Please Contact Mr Manners – 


Name: Joe Bridge  

Joe has been involved in the academy system from a young age playing for clubs such as Arsenal, Leyton Orient & Dagenham & Redbridge. Joe has also represented his district (Havering) & County (Essex). In addition, as part of the EPD football programme Joe runs a goalkeeping session once a week.