New Liverpool football skills centre launches this summer

After seeing its initial launch delayed by the pandemic, Fun1stFootball is opening its doors in north Liverpool this summer

Alex Tunstall
Alex Tunstall, director of Fun1stFootball in Liverpoolq


A new football skills centre dedicated to the science and technology behind the game will launch in Liverpool this summer after its original opening was stalled by the pandemic.

Described as a centre of excellence by professional football coaches, Fun1stFootball is located in Walton between Anfield and Goodison. It houses pioneering training equipment to improve a player’s performance in a “fun and exciting environment”.

Director Alex Tunstall said: “The arena provides 10 specialist training stations developed to increase an individual’s technical ability. The main focus is football, and the arena is open to families and individuals seven days a week to train or just have a bit of family fun.

“The staff at Fun1stFootball also work with everyone from major professional clubs and academies, to training centres and large companies. Our aim is to allow players to get more touches of the ball in less time, accelerating their development in the game’s core attributes.”

To date, similar equipment has been adopted worldwide. This includes ‘ESA’ products that utilise state-of-the-art LED light and vibration technology, based around the mantra of repetition. It will also provide the opportunity to train using a TOCA machine and Smart Goals which are the leading industry tools to improve a player’s first touch.

Alex added: “Young people used to practice footy in the streets but you no longer see this. Our training centre will fill that gap and help them better prepare for the competitive field of play if that’s their aim.

“Once again, it’s also a great family and, community initiative and there’s been a great deal of anticipation around our official launch this summer from within our local premier league clubs as well as Merseyside’s amateur leagues. Football’s a bit of an obsession here isn’t it so it makes so much sense to have this centre and we’re made up to be back.”

Praising the new centre, former Liverpool star Stephen Warnock said: “A lot of the new managers are using this sort of tech at the top clubs. It’s fantastic to see centres like this providing new facilities to grassroots players – it can go a long way to improve them.”

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