FC Lakeside are delighted that Steve Benbow will be managing our new Under 5 age group from next season. Steve joins the FC Lakeside management team having played for the club as a youngster before signing professional terms with Cheltenham Town. We are very fortunate as a club that we are able to cater for children as young as 4 (School Year Reception). Our Under 5’s sit as part of our Academy where we aim to provide children with an introduction to football. We play on Saturday mornings at The Pavilion from 10am and will be recommencing on the 3rd September. We are still looking for Coaches to help Steve so if you are interested please get in touch with Tim Stokes on tim.stokes@hotmail.co.uk. Welcome aboard Steve!!


FC Lakeside are in the process of forming next seasons under 5 age group (School Year Reception). The Under 5’s sit as part of our Academy and play at the Pavilion, Arle Court on Saturday mornings. We are looking for coaches who are willing to lead this age group from September. A great opportunity for a team of coaches to join our ever growing and ambitious football club. Please contact Tim Stokes on tim.stokes@hotmail.co.uk for further information and an initial conversation.


FC Lakeside Academy goes from Strength to Strength

FC Lakeside Academy is proud of being able to cater for local children in Cheltenham from as early as 4 years old. The Academy currently caters for every age group from Under 5’s through to Under 8’s before leaving the Academy and joining the Cheltenham youth League. The Academy currently sits at 100 registered players with that number continuing to increase.

Tim Stokes, Head of the Academy states “Our philosophy as a club is to provide children with an introduction to football in a fun, structured and safe environment. Our ultimate goal is to provide the boys and girls an opportunity to learn the basics of our great game before advancing to the Cheltenham Youth League”

The club is pleased to have 17 Academy Coaches who are able to provide quality coaching and an education to the children. The on-going success of the Academy is down to the commitment and dedication of the coaches who as a team provide a first class facility to develop individual ability and team play.

The Academy is pleased to partner with The Pavilion, the home of C3 Church, a not-for-profit charitable company who continue to host the Academy on Saturday mornings. The outstanding facility in Hatherley Lane, provides a social occasion for Parents and families to gather to support their children. The Academy recently opened a Café to cater for the growing number of supporters which is run by parents. The Club are very grateful for the continued support offered by The Pavilion.

The feedback from an opposing Team Manager in a recent Under 8 friendly fixture pays testament to the quality of the coaching lead by Vijay Budhia (Under 8 Group Leader). “All Kids and parents enjoyed the morning and that’s great to see. My coaches were commenting on how well your kids are progressing, very strong performances from your teams today, well done”

FC Lakeside looks to continue to develop the Academy to provide football in the community for local children while ensuring the continued future success of an ambitious club.

FC Lakeside Academy to recommence in September

The FC Lakeside Academy will be recommencing in September at The Pavilion, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham. The Academy runs for children from school year Reception (Under 5’s) through to Year 3 (Under 8’s). The Under 5’s, 6’s and 8’s will start on Saturday the 6th September 2014 at 10am and the Under 7’s will start on the 13th September 2104 at 10am. Please note our Under 8 age group is currently at full capacity. FC Lakeside are proud of the Academy that has been developed over the years and we are able to offer a fantastic introduction to football for young children in the local community. Should you require further information then please contact the Head of Academy Tim Stokes on tim.stokes@fclakeside.co.uk or 07712135108.

Recruitment Drive – Under 5’s

FC Lakeside Academy are currently recruiting Coaches to manage our Under 5 Age Group for the current season (2013/14) and to continue with the age group into the Under 6’s next season. We are also looking to establish our coaching team for the Under 5’s for next season (2014/15). Training will be on Saturday mornings at The Pavilion in Hatherley Lane. All coaches will be DBS (CRB) checked and have the opportunity to complete the FA Level One Coaching course. Should you know anyone who may be interested in these roles please contact Tim Stokes on tim.stokes@hotmail.co.uk.

Coach Required

FC Lakeside are currently seeking to appoint a Coach to manage and lead our Under 5 Age Group within the Academy. If anyone is interested in taking on this role then please contact Tim Stokes on tim.stokes@hotmail.co.uk