Rochdale AFC are delighted to announce the continuation of the foundation phase Rochdale AFC Development Centre.

Administered by Rochdale AFC Community Trust, Rochdale AFC Academy will set the training curriculum and games programme, looking to develop a pool of players ready to move from grassroots football into a category 3 academy setting.

In regards to the practical side of the program, it will be delivered by the following staff members;

Program Coordinator

Lee Wilshaw  (current u14s Academy Coach)

DC Coach
Josh Rutherford (Current u12s Coach)

DC Coach
Jake Gardener (Current u10s Academy Coach)

DC Coach
Emanuel Asifo (Current u9s Academy Coach)

DC Coach
Stewart Brown (Current Rochdale AFC Sports College Coach)

Heywood Sports village (OL10 4TW) will continue to be the home of our Development Centre and we will remain situated on the large astroturf for both training and games.


The schedule for the evening will be as follows;

U9s Training & Games Program
U10s Training & Games Program

U11s Training & Games Program 
U12s Training & Games Program

We are also extremely excited to announce the new training kit that will be ordered on Friday the 4th of August ready to be given out on Friday 1st September. 

This will consist of a Badged Training Top, Shorts & Socks. This will be £30 per person deposit that you will receive back if an agreement is made that the program no longer suits your child. For any fixture against other clubs, the kit will be provided by a member of staff. 

Included within the price you child will receive the following; 

– 4/5 1hour Sessions per month 

– UEFA Licensed Coaches.

– Minimum of 1 Match within every 6 Week block.

– Quarterly Player Reviews.

– Exposure to Academy Scouts.

The monthly fee of £24 a month will remain in order to cover the expenses of pitch hire, equipment and coaches.

Kit size guide

The programme is by invite only- if you wish to attend the session please email