Frequently Asked Questions

If you cannot find the answer to your question here please WhatsApp Geraldine on +44777 286 5579. We’re here to answer all questions so that the players and parents have an amazing experience with us.

WHAT KIT DO I NEED?

Try to bring enough kit to last you for your stay. Kit can include t-shirts or football shirts, shorts, socks, boots, trainers, shinpads and a drinks bottle. If you are wearing new boots you MUST bring blister plasters with you. Some new boots can often give you very sore feet. Moulded studs are probably more suitable for our summer time courses.

You will also need casual clothes for your tour of a Premiership Club and your visit to Parrswood Entertainment Centre and of course, toiletries.A laundry service is available for £10. Please ensure that all belongings are named including boots and shinpads as many children will possess the same replica shirts and boots and this will help if they get lost.

Ensuring all your kit and belongings are safe are your responsibility and not that of BCSSA’s.

DO I NEED ANY MONEY?

Parents and Guardians always ask us how much pocket money is required. The amount that players bring varies widely. The following is a guide only. Pocket money is required for the tuck shop. The cost of evening visit to Parrswood Entertainment Complex is £10.

Many players like to purchase football merchandise on the days that we visit a Premiership Club. Sometimes residential players visit Manchester City Centre and are allocated time to shop, additional money may be required for players who wish to do this.

We recommend that all residents deposit their money and any valuables in our Soccer Schools safe for security. The safe is open daily to withdraw funds.

CAN I STAY WITH MY CHILD ON THE CAMP?

Generally, we do not encourage parents or guardians to stay in the Hotel with the children. However, if your child is young or has a medical condition and you wish to check if we have available for you to share a room with your child, then please ring, text or WhatsApp Geraldine on +44777 286 5579 to discuss this.

Alternatively we can provide a list of local hotels, a number of which are within walking distance of the residential site.

ARE THE STAFF QUALIFIED?

All BCSSA staff are qualified FA/UEFA football coaches, our coaches range from Level 2 through to A Licence. All staff are DBS checked and have FA safeguarding children certificate. All coaches have emergency First Aid Certification.

WHERE IS THE RESIDENTIAL?

The residential is based at Parrswood Campus, Didsbury, Manchester.

WHAT IS A TYPICAL DAY ON THE RESIDENTIAL?

Click here to see a sample week on our residential soccer school.

WILL MY CHILD BE WOKEN UP IN THE MORNING?

Most children use their smartphones to set an alarm each morning however a member of our staff ensure all children are on time for breakfast and their coaching.

IS THERE A PHYSIOTHERAPIST AVAILABLE?

We use the services of a G4, who are reliable professional Physiotherapists.

HOW ARE THE CHILDREN DIVIDED FOR COACHING?

We understand that not all children of the same age play at the same level or are the same ability. Children are first positioned into age groups at the start of each week. We then do our best to ensure that if your child needs to be in a higher group that they are moved up. This will always depend on the mix of players and their ages that attend our camp on the given week.

 

We cannot ensure the ages of players who book onto our camp, therefore, our grouping must always be flexible.

HOW CAN I CONTACT MY CHILD DURING THE RESIDENTIAL COURSE?

BCSSA will have an office on site, and you will be issued with a mobile phone number which our Course Director will answer between 8am and midnight GMT should you have any concerns at all.

If their phones permit it, many of our International visitors buy British sim cards.

If your child is travelling from an international destination we will encourage them to contact you when they arrive. Please feel free at any time to contact our office by phone, email, text or WhatsApp.

MY CHILD IS CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR FOOTBALL ABILITY, WOULD THEY BE OK ON THE COURSE?

Yes, we have various abilities attending and we cater for every level from beginners to academy players. As long as the player is prepared to be active and outdoors in many types of weather, they will be fine.

 

 

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION WE HAVEN’T ANSWERED?

We know that responsible parents sending a child away from home on a residential course need to be assured. Please do not hesitate to ring, text or WhatsApp Geraldine on +44777 286 5579 or if you would prefer email us and Geraldine will put your mind at rest and answer any questions you may have.