Junior Football Club

Development Leagues


Boro Soccer Schools launched the development league program in 2014 to give children the opportunity to play in matches on a Sunday in a fun, relaxed and friendly environment and prepare them to eventually progress into our feeder clubs such as Boro Rangers FC, Riverside Juniors FC and Prissick Rovers FC

Children are put in groups of around 30 children of a similar age and ability and will play round robin matches for approx 24 Sundays spread out over a year.

Children will then play their last round robin of the season at Rockcliffe Hall on a special awards day in July when they will all receive a trophy for playing in the league.

The season is split into 3 terms -

Term 1 - Sept to Xmas

Term 2 - Jan to Easter

Term 3 - Easter to July

Groups may be changed around after the end of each term 

How to get your child involved in playing matches in the development League

Please read through all the info below to get a better understanding of the leagues.

If you want your child to start playing in the development league matches then you must complete the enrolment form below and you will be contacted as soon as places become available which is more than likely to be after the current clock of fixtures finish. Places are limited and the waiting list will be managed in the order we receive the on-line enrolments.

Development League Enrolment Form

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Our current feeder clubs in which the children will eventually progress into once they are ready include the following -


  • 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 or 7 a side matches depending on attendance levels each week (Substitutes will be rotated as fairly as possible)
  • Basic small sided rules (Please remember this will be the first match experience for many of the children so rules will be relaxed and taught to them throughout the league by the referees who will also act as the team managers dealing with the substitutes etc
  • Teams will be picked after the warm up and children will receive a shirt to wear in the games for that day only.
  • Children MUST arrive 10 minutes prior to their allocated slot to ensure they are ready to play and the games start on time!

Requirements / Kit

  • Children must wear shinpads and boots (Trainers can be worn indoors)
  • Plain Navy shorts and socks must be worn - (Preference is the plain navy sondico ones form Sports Direct for around £2 for socks and £3 for shorts)
  • Shirts will be provided for children to wear each game but need to be handed back in at the end of each game.
  • Nursery / reception / Year 1 Games will usually be played at Eston indoors on the 3G astro in cold conditions and outside in milder weather so please bring both indoor and outdoor clothing.
  • Y2,3,4,56,7 and some Y1 Games will be at the sports village outdoors so suitable winter clothing must be worn. Boots are to be worn outdoors but children at the sports village must ALWAYS bring trainers too encase we do end up indoors as it is a hard floor. 

Venues will depend on your child's age

MFC - Foundation Centre - Eston - TS6 9AE

Middlesbrough Sports Village, TS4 3AE

Subscriptions and how to make Payments for the league

Matches are priced at £5 a game the same as sessions.Children in the development league are to pay monthly instead of weekly. £30 a month to cover 4 sessions and Avg of 2 matches a month. (Matches are spread over the year so some months there will be more games and some less or none. It is minimum of 24 matches a year) This must be paid via standing order on the 1st of each month. If you cant pay through the bank for whatever reason please contact us to arrange an alternative payment method.

Subscriptions must be made in full each month regardless of your child's attendance as you are paying for the place in the program and not individual sessions / matches they may attend. Failure to pay the monthly fees will result in your child loosing their place in the Development League Program. If you leave the program and no longer require a place please text us to inform us so we can fill the space and ensure you cancel the standing order. Cash payments of £5 a session or match must be made until the 1st Standing order has been received

To set up a standing order to cover your child's session and match fees please give your bank the following details -

Account Name - Boro Soccer Schools

Account Number - 93281612

Sort Code - 205678

Amount - £30 a month

Date - 1st of each month (Continuous)

Reference - Your Child's FULL name

Parents behaviour / rules!

Let The Children Play

They stand on the field with their hearts beating fast

The whistle has blown, the die has been cast.

Mum & Dad cannot help, they stand all alone

A goal at this moment would send the team home.

A ball near their feet, they kick and it misses

There's a moan from the crowd, some boos and some hisses

A thoughtless voice cries 'take him off Mun '

Tears fill their eyes, it's no longer fun.

If you have ever been tempted to shout or to groan

Just think, it's a child who stands all alone

So open your heart and give them a break

It's moments like this that players you make.

Keep this in mind, please do not forget

They are only children, they're not adults yet!

Any parent becoming abusive or negative towards the referees, managers or children will be asked to leave the premises immediately and your child will be removed from the development league program!

Please remember the children are still only very young and this league is designed for fun and to give children a positive first experience of playing in matches. The FA no longer allows children to play in "competitive football games" until secondary school. The score does not get recorded or count towards a table so we ask parents not to become over pushy on results and not keep asking their child if they scored or if they won or put unnecessary pressure on them. Try instead to ask them other questions like how many passes / tackles / skills / saves etc did they do and more importantly did they enjoy it! 

TIP for parents - Please refrain form saying to your child you can have a pound a goal or £5 a hatrick etc as this seriously affects their awareness of the rest of the game when they grow older. They will only develop bad habits if you do this as all they will look for is the goal and will forget everything else around them which is not always the right decision so they will have a lack of awareness of the rest of the pitch when they grow.

If you are going to give rewards please award them for effort, tackles, passes, team work, sportsmanship etc

Your child's Match Dates, Venue and Kick off Times for the term will be sent via text. If you don't receive a text with details please text 07815062530 as we may have wrong number

Volunteers Needed!!!!

 One of our main objectives at Boro Soccer Schools is to provide as many children possible with the opportunity to progress and play for a local junior football club. We have set up over 200 teams in the last 10 years for local clubs including Boro Rangers Cleveland Juniors, Whinny Banks FC, Kader FC, Redcar Town, Thornaby FC, Acklam FC, East Middlesbrough FC, Coulby Newham Juniors, South Park Rangers, Normanby Utd etc.

 In order for us to progress the children into local clubs we need volunteers to come forward (normally a parent of a child in the team) to become a junior football team manager and take a squad of children out of the development leagues to play in the Teeside Junior Football Alliance Leagues (TJFA).

 Boro Soccer Schools will pay for any volunteers to attend a FA level 1 coaching course and complete a DBS check and we will help and support any new volunteers as much as possible to settle into the role in their first years managing a team.

The minimum commitment we would need from a parent in order for us to launch a team to go into one of the local clubs would be 1 hour a week on a Sunday morning for 24 Sundays a year. (This can be shared with another parent if you work shifts etc and cant fully commit)

If you or anyone you know would be able to help out and become the manager / assistant manager of your child's team or would like further info on what it would involve then please complete the form below and we will be in contact to discuss further.

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