Late Birthday Project

Late Birthday Project spaces available

A groundbreaking football initiative is making one hundred and ten new places available from September, and offering free trials and tasters to...

Late Birthday Project (LBP) combats the significant Relative Age Effect in youth football, by providing a professional academy environment, opportunities and coaching for players born between March and August only (although genuine late-developers born Jan-Feb will also considered).

LBP launched on Sundays in June but, with this first academy nearly full to capacity, is opening a new Saturday afternoon invitation-only academy, as well as a Friday Development Centre for all abilities.

LBP offers UEFA qualified coaches, premium 3G pitches, free futsal and free Adidas team kit, plus an innovative curriculum, including sprint and strength training, aimed at giving younger players a fighting chance when it comes to maximising their potential.

And with showcase fixtures, scouts attending & close links to a number of professional clubs, there is a natural pathway for those players ready to make the step up, or return, to academy football.

Richard King, Director of LBP said: “We’re delighted to offer the LBP experience to even more players from Surrey, South London and Sussex, including girls for the first time. The Relative Age Effect is proven to have a significant impact on the development of young footballers born later in their year groups. So our objective is to allow these players to flourish without the influence of older, bigger players who might usually dominate”.

LBP train on the 3G pitch at St John’s C of E Primary School in Dorking.

Saturday Academy trials for under-7s to under-11s will take place from 3:15pm till 6:00pm on Saturday 10th September, there will be an open trial for a new intake of under-6s on Sunday 11th September, and the Friday Development Centre tasters for under-5s to under-10s will be held between 4:00pm and 5:30pm on Friday 16th September. 

For more information and timings, or to book a trial or taster, visit or contact LBP:

Late Birthday Project

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