Football

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. 




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 18 months to 3 years. Classes 45 mins.

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

Coming Soon in 2022 - bookable from December

Kick Starters is a new parent and child class introducing 'the beautiful game' to pre-school children up to 3 years old, in a play-oriented format. 

Available at Ainslie Park, Drumbrae and Kirkliston Leisure Centres.

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.

Target age group: Invite only session (based on identified talent and not chronological age) Classes 1 hour.

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

Children will be introduced to advanced techniques, technical acquisition in more complex situations and position specific skills. Tactical development will be achieved through working in team unit’s (defence, midfield and forward) and positional awareness.









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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