A groundbreaking football initiative, backed by Adidas, is opening its latest centre in Haywards Heath and offering free trials to boys aged U6-U13.
Late Birthday Project (LBP) combats the significant Relative Age Effect in youth football, by providing a professional academy environment, opportunities and coaching for players born between January and August only.
The new LBP centre will open at Oathall College with free trials on 9 and 16 October 2018.
LBP offers UEFA qualified coaches, premium facilities, free 1on1 coaching, free futsal, free Adidas team kit and discounted holiday camps, plus an innovative curriculum, including sprint and strength training, aimed at giving younger players a fighting chance when it comes to maximising their potential.
And, although they are just as happy helping a player progress from their B to their A team, with showcase fixtures, scouts attending & close links to a number of professional clubs, there is a natural pathway for those players ready to make the step up, or return, to academy football.
Richard King, Director of LBP said: “We’re delighted to offer the LBP experience to players from Haywards Heath and surrounding areas. The Relative Age Effect is proven to have a major impact on the development of young footballers born later in their year groups, so our objective is to allow these players to flourish without the influence of older, bigger players who might usually dominate”.