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What is Footy School? 

Footy School is a fun football programme with development training schools in Stopsley and Hitchin, for primary school age children. (See schedule a little further below).

Chris, Head of Youth Development at FootySchool, has a keen focus on the Football Associations 4 corner model which covers key development areas to support fun learning and development in football. (Technical, Tactical, Social and Psychological elements).

Please also contact Chris directly on 07958696800 for more details on his 'Elite FootySchool' sessions. 

These sessions are generally built in a bespoke package for small groups of up to 4 players, focusing on the technical development of the players.

Recommended for players wanting extra support to maximise their potential.

Looking to start a bit sooner than our mini school ages 4-5? Please get in contact regarding FootyPreSchool.

We have FA qualified coaches and assistant coaches-all of which are DBS background checked.

All abilities are welcome at FOOTYSCHOOL-you don't need to be in a team to join FootySchool.

Our focus is fun, learning and development.

Further down the road you may want to join one of our Sharks teams or another club. That's up to you. 

Playing for another team already? That's fine too. Get some fun extra training in with Footy School! 

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FootySchool Schedule

  • Our Megalodons FootySchool sessions Guided Ages 8-10.
  • Our Tiger Sharks FootySchool sessions Guided Ages 6-7.
  • Our Reef Sharks FootySchool sessions Guided Ages 4-5.
  • Our Cat Sharks FootyPreSchool sessions Guided Ages 2-3.

    Enrolling now/waitlists available for the above sessions from September 2023. Limited spaces!

    Looking for a team now or in the future? See below or check out;

    • Some years after starting FootySchool Chris wanted to work with others in the area to have a new club offering more football match opportunities for kids locally. Stopsley Sharks!

    • In 2018 Chris Dehnert & Ant Cooper founded Stopsley Sharks FC, and, along with many other special people at the club, give up their spare time to have a local grassroots football club that supports the positive fundamentals of the game and lets the kids play:football.

    • If you wish to play matches with a local grassroots footbll club at some point, now or in the future, please get in contact. (The teams have high demand and are generally full so get on our waiting list should it be something you're thinking about!)

    Want a part time job with football? 

    We're looking for new people ready for a fun challenge!

    Message/Call: 07958696800 for more info...

    Footy School Philosophy:

    Always deliver football sessions in a fun, safe and positive environment.

    We will develop all players individual skills and abilities while continually building their confidence, knowledge and understanding, including what teamwork means and how important it is.

    Our Training Sessions

    Each session at Footy School is 45-55 minutes (depending on age) and always has a focus on dribbling, passing, shooting-including teamwork and match scenarios.

    The great thing is, while the kids are having lots of fun with the various sessions provided we are teaching them some fundamentals of the game.

    From movement (in and out of possession) or attacking and defensive awareness in changes of team to team possession (transition), the sessions we provide are developing all of these areas naturally. Sessions include;

    *Fun skills arrival sessions, which develop in to...

    *Fun match scenario sessions, which develop in to...

    *Fun 1 v 1's, 2 v 2's, 3 v 3's etc depending on age group inc. mini match 5 v 5 etc.


    More About Footy School...

    Chris has been involved with a number of football clubs for many years. After spells at youth level with Chelsea and Stuttgart football coaching became Chris's enjoyment and focus after injury. 

    In the late 90s, as a young player/coach, Chris went on F.A. coaching courses with his college and then the Football Association.

    Chris was soon presented with a great opportunity to work full time in the U.S.A. and other coaching roles continued in Europe and on return to England at Luton Town Football Club with the u10s youth side, which had a special player at the time who went to big things and represent England on many occasions.

    A number of years later (and a diverse career in various businesses) Chris decided to use his experience, skills and love of football to set up a football programme encompassing all his philosophies from what he's seen in the world of football. Footy School was up and running...

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    Email Address


    If you would like more information regarding joining Footy School please use this form, email, call or WhatsApp.  

    Chris: 07958696800


    Booking cannot be taken on the day due to numbers of children and the relevant forms that need completing prior to Footy School class so please get in contact to reserve a place and avoid disappointment.

    Just like a gym membership, the monthly price is the same regardless of sessions attended. Please get in contact for further details.

    What a great football school/club. 

    My son had tried a couple of others and just did not like them. He feels welcome and has gained confidence at footy school. ***** has progressed massively. I didn't think football was gonna be for my son based on passed experience with other clubs.... However..... I was wrong!!!

    I would recommend footy school to all abilities. Chris the manager doesn't complicate the skills and games, he keeps it fun but with the same high end results.

    A very pleased mother, an extremely happy son and an ecstatic father. 

    Thanks footy school & stopsley sharks fc x

    From Charlene, Feb 2018

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