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About Football For Life


The Football for Life Pillar within the AFCCT works to meet some of the outcomes from the Scottish Football Association’s strategic framework. We focus on the three main areas within football including; developing, educating and growing the game.

Football for Life aims to offer opportunities for all to take part in football and have a complete player pathway from beginner level using our Football Centre’s and McDonald’s Centres all the way to performance sessions such as our Train like a Pro holiday programme and our Jim Crawford Performance Squads. We have a team of fully qualified, professional staff that deliver these sessions across the city and shire.

We run and develop 2 leagues in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire; the North Region Girls U7-U11s League & P2-P7 Primary Schools League. There are 2,500 boys and girls within 296 teams participate each year with 4v4, 5v5, 7v7 and 9v9 formats. We also have an innovative partnership with Inverurie Loco Works FC and Garioch Sports Centre were a full-time member of staff is employed to support the local community in a variety of project.

The Football for Life Pillar offers players, coaches and volunteer’s opportunities to participate, learn and develop in professional and safe environment.



A great introduction or first stage for young players to enjoy football with the focus on the SFA’s key message of ‘Let them play’. Within this stage of the pathway the environment is geared towards fun and small sided games, maximising touches of the ball. These programmes and sessions are most suitable for those who are new to the game.

The development stage looks to build on some of the key fundamentals from the participation stage of the pathway. With the main focus being on skill acquisition and an introduction to the
tactical side of the game. These programmes or sessions are suited to players that have played the game and are currently playing at clubs or participation sessions.

Our Performance stage looks to mirror the elite environment of the Bobby Clark AFC Youth Academy. These programmes and sessions are designed to compliment club football providing opportunities for players to develop individually. Please note some of these session have a trials process for entry.