Lincoln City FC Tryouts & Club Guide: History, Stadium, Players, and More!

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Lincoln City FC is an English professional football club based in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England. The club competes in the EFL League One, the third tier of English football.

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Lincoln City FC Youth Development System

Lincoln City FC Academy aim to maximise the development opportunities of all players throughout the performance pathway and be innovative in our approach to identifying players of suitable potential to join the club at all stages of development.

The Academy recognise that whilst having a clear and coherent playing and coaching philosophy is vitally important to optimising long term player development, this can only be truly realised through the delivery of outstanding staff who have both outstanding knowledge and expertise in the respective development phases. As such, the Academy have recently gone through a transitional period with the recruitment of both full and part time coaching staff who can realise these objectives a priority to help realise both our short term targets, and longer term aspirational aims. All of our phase lead coaches have completed both the UEFA A and AYA courses in the phases within which they work and have significant experience across numerous elite player development environments.  Our staff TNA included (Appendix 12), and the continuous monitoring of this document and upskilling of our people remains a core focus of both the Academy Manager and Head of Coaching. Whilst difficult in the short-term, the Academy are working towards all coaching staff completing their Advanced Youth Awards to further increase our all-round knowledge of physical, psychological, emotional and social factors that can underpin the way we coach and our approach to player development. In addition to the above, generating a pathway for ex Lincoln City FC first team players and scholars is a core part of our approach to ensure everyone leaves Lincoln with a future. At present we have ex-players on the coaching, medical and sport science staff and it is the intention of the Academy to provide outstanding development opportunities for our people to help them transition into the next stages of their careers.

Academy Playing Philosophy

Lincoln City FC Academy aim to optimise the development of our players throughout the development phases via a relentless desire to dominate the ball, attack effectively with precision but also recognising times to be patient, control the tempo of games and be measured in our decision making. When our teams do not have the ball we aim to regain possession at the earliest possible opportunity via a high intensity press, reforming to a compact and connected shape where this is not possible. In transitional phases our preference is to counter attack quickly and efficiently when regaining the ball and the opposition are out of balance and win the ball back immediately after turning it over through a collective, intelligent counter press. Our playing philosophy is detailed on our principles of play board which are displayed at relevant stations throughout the Academy and made available as visual learning aids on match days.

Academy Vision

Through a unique, innovative and individualised player development programme, Lincoln City FC will develop a first team squad made up of a higher percentage of Academy graduates than any other club in The English Football League who exceeds its position in the football pyramid year on year.

It is via these quantitative measures that we can take pride in both the achievement of our Academy but more importantly its impact on both the success and sustainability of the wider football club. Our vision will be achieved by recruiting, developing and retaining outstanding people who thrive in our environment underpinned by honesty, integrity and a relentless desire for continual improvement.

Ensuring we are at the forefront of innovation in both player development and player pathways, Lincoln City FC Academy will consistently achieve outstanding returns on investment by realising asset value for players across the performance pathway who will go on to achieve at the highest echelons of the game. Aspirational with our aims but consistently excellent with our standards and behaviours, we will continue to develop our reputation locally, regionally and nationally as an outstanding provider of holistic player education where young people can thrive, succeed and achieve their potential.

Lincoln City FC Recruitment Trials

Once you have been invited in to a trial, here is further guidance on what to expect and this will be given to both player and parents.

Lincoln City Academy ‘Emerging Talent’ programme

To underpin Academy recruitment for players who live within an hour of Lincoln, the academy run weekly coaching sessions for players aged Under 6s to Under 16s. The programme is closely aligned to the Academy, in terms of staffing, coaching syllabus and the host venue at Riseholme College.

The programme will also complement the existing academy player pathways, ensuring that we can provide an appropriate opportunity for every young player within Lincolnshire, from a participation level to the Elite Development Centre within the Foundation onto the Academy Emerging Talent Programme and the Academy. Our aim is to help every young player fulfil their potential and that is achieved by the Club’s Development Pyramid which transcends the Academy & Foundation. 

To receive more information on the programme and an application form please email: [email protected].

Lincoln City Foundation Football Development Programme  

We understand that whilst it is most young players dream to get into an academy not all players make it. As a club we can provide training for all players aged 3 years – 16 years via the clubs Football Development programme.

Sessions and Ages

The programme is split into four areas:

Mini Imps

Mini Imps are fun football sessions for 3-6 years olds to learn how to play football, make new friends and have as much fun as possible!

Development Centres

Our Development Centres are open to all young footballers who want to learn and improve their skill level. It is the first step on the Lincoln City player development pathway to our Advanced & Elite sessions.

Advanced and Elite Development

The Advanced and Elite Development Centre are invite only sessions for local under 7s-16s talented players to develop their game and progress through the Lincoln City player development pathway.

Further information on what’s available can be found via the following link:

For further information or where you have concern over any incidents involving a talent identification officer claiming to be part of the club please contact the Academy manager Jon Pepper via email: [email protected] or click here to visit their official academy recruitment page.


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