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.

Tim Lane Presented with £200 from FC Lakeside

Tim Lane, coach of the Under 7 White’s, was presented with £200 from the club. Tim ran the London Marathon on Sunday 13th April and completed it in full. This fantastic gesture from club is because Tim has worked tirelessly to remove 10 stone of weight and raise money for Diabetes UK. This is all because his son Sam unfortunately was diagnosed with diabetes 2 years ago. Tim has raised over £3000 for diabetes UK, what a fantastic achievement.

We are all very proud of you Tim, congratulations.

Cheltenham Echo publish Tim Lane’s Marathon Story

FC Lakeside Academy Coach Tim Lane featured in the Cheltenham Echo today to tell the story behind his Marathon efforts. Tim will run the 26 miles on Sunday having raised over £3,000 for Diabetes UK. The Echo joined us at Training on Saturday where we surprised Tim with a donation towards his chosen Charity.

LanoLano and Sam

The full story can be found in today’s echo (9th April 2014) or online by visiting the below link

Cheltenham dad Tim Lane lost 10 stone for London Marathon bid


FC Lakeside Under 7’s vs Rodborough Images

Latest Under 7’s Fixtures

The latest scheduled matches for the Under 7’s are as follows:

15th March Cleeve Colts – Away

29th March Churchdown Panthers Away

10th May FC Lakeside Tournament

8th June Hucclecote Tournament

14th June Abbeymead Rovers Tournament

Tim Lane to Run London Marathon

FC Lakeside Tim LaneAs it is a New Year most people think about dieting, getting fit and in general just trying to get their body back in shape ready for he next Christmas binge.

One of our coaches has decided to take this a bit further than most would normally. I am glad to present to you Mr Tim Lane who is a coach of the under 7’s whites. He has decided to take on the challenge of the London Marathon this year. He has already started training, but the festive period certainly hasn’t helped him and taken its toll. Therefore, he is going to need as much support as possible from all of us.

Below is a link to the Virgin Money Sponsorship site for Tim and he would love all of you to give what ever you can however big or small to his chosen charity Diabetes UK it all helps


From all of us at FC Lakeside good luck!