combating the relative age effect in youth football
of players at premier league & category 1 academies are born between September and November…
...But just 10% are born between june and august
(Elite player performance plan research, 2013)
'relative age effect' (RAE)
A bias, particularly evident in elite youth sport, where participation is far higher among those born early in the academic year.
The Late Birthday Project (LBP) counters the significant Relative Age Effect in youth football, by offering a ground-breaking programme of professional academy coaching and opportunities to boys and girls born between January and August.
Sept to Dec born players can still join LBP, but play/train a year up, encouraging them to find clever ways to succeed, rather than just relying on their speed or size.
LBP Players benefit from…
Invitation-only U6-U16 squads
Premium 3G Facilities
Bespoke LBP Curriculum & Philosophy
Free 1on1 Coaching Sessions
Free Adidas Match Kit
Nutritional & Physiotherapy Advice
Inter-centre LBP League
LBP Cup Finals Day
LBP Membership from just £28 per month
Late Birthday Project
The Late Birthday Project (LBP) counters the significant Relative Age Effect in youth football, by offering a ground-breaking programme of professional academy coaching and opportunities to young footballers born between January and August only.