Our football coach delivery is predominately through game based activities, rather than drills, to develop teamwork and promote independent thinking. Our Scottish Football Association qualified coaches will develop well rounded, technically competent players who learn to play and enjoy the game as a lifelong sport. 

At Edinburgh Leisure children will learn football in a safe and inspirational environment across four leisure venues. In all instances, we provide quality football equipment, ensuring a real football experience. We’ve classes for all ages and our programme starts with those at pre-school and continues to develop children until their early teens, and throughout the year every child is assessed against specific skills to enable them to progress and develop. 

We are delighted to welcome you back through our doors and to get back to helping Edinburgh keep active and well - always. We're very grateful for all the support we have received throughout lockdown and can’t wait to see you again soon in our venues.

It is very important that you read our safety guidelines below before attending any class. These include where to drop off and pick up children at each of our venues and much more essential information to help everyone have an enjoyable and safe Edinburgh Leisure experience.

How to book a class

See our class timetable, space availability and request to book a class. Click below to find out how.

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Our football sessions focus on skill development, getting them moving and most of all having fun! Our academy is currently running on a more limited programme than usual but there is still lots to keep budding football stars busy!

Target age group 3 – 5yrs. Classes 45 mins.

Coach to participant ratio: 1:8 (maximum of 16)

Mini Kicker sessions are a great fun way to introduce your child to football, it is specially developed for children aged between 3 - 5 years. Children will develop their fundamental football skills through dribbling, passing and control of the ball while building confidence and learning teamwork.

Target age group P1 – P4. Classes 1 hour.

Coach to participant ratio: 1:10 (maximum of 20)

Children will participate in a variety of structured football activities that emphasis fun while learning new football skills. Maximizing the time spent with the ball will be a primary objective so that agility, balance, coordination and speed can be introduced through fun technical training. Tactical elements will be introduced to increase spatial awareness through small sided 4 v 4 and 5 v 5 games.

Target age group P5 – P7. Classes 1 hour.

Coach to participant ratio: 1:10 (maximum of 20)

Children will continue to build upon their football skills to establish technical excellence. Utilizing the children’s ability to problem solve, training will increase tactical awareness and understanding. The focus will be creating a fun and challenging environment where skill achievement will be accelerated and utilized in 7 v 7 games.

On our class timetable you can check spaces, request to book a space, here's how:

  1. Check where and when your class will be on when we reopen and whether it has spaces using the 'Class timetable and availability' button below. 

  2. If there are spaces, you can complete a 'Booking Request Form'. Your space is not guaranteed at his stage. We will check and get back to you to confirm we have held a space and what the next steps are.  Your space is guaranteed once we have your Direct Debit instruction and we have emailed confirmation to you. We will not collect any Direct Debits until we can run our classes. Normally we collect Direct Debits on or around the 1st of each month. The monthly amount is calculated over 11 months with no Direct Debit being collected in July of each year.

PLEASE NOTE that booking forms are NOT currently available on the timetable for certain classes. We are carrying out our annual 'summer movers' task to transfer customers leaving the pre-school programme into the next Entry Level class for their sport. During this time we are unable to process any new booking requests for any Entry Level class, any Gymnastics class (please note gym Nippers and Jump Nippers are still bookable) or any class at the Royal Commonwealth Pool. Therefore booking forms will NOT be available on the timetable below for these classes. We aim to have these booking forms back on the timetable by 21st June so please keep checking.

What to wear

Children should wear appropriate comfortable clothing that they can move around and be active in, for example T-shirts and shorts. Please tie long hair back and remove any jewellery, and children should take a water bottle into their class with them. All of our sessions are indoors so please wear trainers (not football boots). Shin pads can also be worn if desired but are not a pre-requisite.

When can children start football?

Starting at ages 3+ to P7 children in our classes will develop confidence, spatial awareness and teamwork. As they progress they'll put their skills, tactics and knowledge into practice playing the game they enjoy

Our Classes

Our classes will develop confidence, spatial awareness and teamwork. As they progress they'll put their skills, tactics and knowledge into practice playing the game they enjoy. We currently offer classes at mini-kickers, general, intermediate and development levels.

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