The FA Lidl Skills Programme


The FA Lidl Skills programme is a unique football coaching programme that gives 5-11 year olds of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new football skills and enjoy the game.  

The programme has been providing high quality football coaching courses for children since 2007 and to date has provided over 8 million child places on the programme, aiming to provide 1.2 million coaching opportunities per year.

FA Lidl Skills is a nationwide initiative run by The Football Association and funded by Sport England providing after-school football coaching, holiday football coaching, support for charter standard football clubs also working within primary schools providing specialist football coaching across the 15 boroughs in Surrey.

The programme aims to develop better and more technically gifted football players but also to give every child the opportunity to be the best that they can be.

The FA Lidl Skills programme is based on a unique FA coaching model that helps boys and girls of all abilities to grow, develop their skills and to reach their potential.  The FA four corner model encompasses four key attributes that are vital for any developing young footballer: Physical, Technical, Psychological and Social elements, helping children to develop more than just their football skills – helping them to gain confidence, build self-esteem, learn to work as  team and improve their decision making.

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Steve Brennan is The FA Lidl Skills lead in Surrey and on hand to provide advice on the programme as well as answer your questions on future sessions and how the programme is best suited to the needs of your child.

Jamie McDonough is also part of Surrey’s FA Skills team, supporting FA Skills initiatives across the County.

Click here for Steve and Jamie’s contact details, as well as the other staff at Surrey FA.

how do i get involved

Click here to be redirected to The FA Lidl Skills website where you can find your nearest FA Lidl Skills session by typing in your postcode.

The FA Lidl Skills programme runs After School Skills Centres in the school term, with sessions taking place on the same night every week.

During the school holidays (except Christmas), The FA Lidl Skills coaches run  Holiday Sessions. These are an introduction to the Programme.Sessions and are being uploaded all the time, so if you can’t find a session in your area, please register and the team will let you know when and where your next session is.

If you can't find a local session near you then please contact Steve or Jamie from the The FA Lidl Skills team (contact details above) who can advise you of upcoming sessions or other opportunities.


There are two FA Lidl Skills Centres based in Surrey which offer children aged 5-11 the opportunity to play in extra football sessions to support their development.

The centres are located at:

• Frimley Lodge Park, Sturt Road, Fimley Green, Camberley, Surrey, GU16 6HY (click here for further centre details)

• Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex, Waterside Drive, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 2JG (click here for further centre details)

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The FA Lidl Skills Programme recognises that the time dedicated by volunteer coaches at Charter Standard Clubs is vital to the development of football in Surrey and across the Country. Click on the image below to find out more about how our team can support your club with FREE sessions etc.

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