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Dave Kitson, The Dave Kitson Academy, football coaching and scholarships in Reading, Berkshire

"My son has just started one-to-one SESSIONS with Dave and absolutely loveD it. he can’t wait for his next one!"

MICHELLE HITT

BOOK NOW FOR EASTER ONE-TO-ONE, SMALL GROUP AND TEAM COACHING SESSIONS WITH DAVE KITSON!

Get in touch via the contact form below with your preferred dates and times

ABOUT
DAVE KITSOn

Dave Kitson is a former Premier League footballer for Reading and Stoke City. 

 

He started his career at Cambridge United before joining Reading in 2003. He was player of the year in 2004 and was top scorer in 2004/05, the club’s record breaking 106 point title winning season in 2005/06 and Reading's second season in the Premier League in 2007/08. 

Dave was twice included in the PFA team of the year and still holds the record for most goals scored by one player at the Select Car Leasing Stadium.
 

He scored the first Premier League goal in Reading’s history in a 3-2 home win against Middlesbrough on the opening day of the 2006/07 season as the Royals went on to finish 8th, their highest ever finish in English football.

 

After five successful seasons with Reading, Dave moved to Stoke City for a club record £6m fee.

 

He spent the next two seasons in the Premier League, famously scoring against Manchester City in an incredible 3-2 win at the Britannia Stadium.

 

Dave also played for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Sheffield United and Oxford United in a career that saw him score more than 160 goals. 

 

He remains one of only a handful of players to score in every professional division and in every professional domestic cup competition.
 

In 2019 Dave was inducted into the Reading FC Hall of Fame and, in 2022, he was inducted into the Cambridge United Hall of Fame.

Dave's recent success includes coaching Reading Blue Coat School's first team during the most successful season in the school's history.

 

Dave is well known in Reading. His children are all schooled in Reading and he and his wife both work in teaching in Reading.

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Former Reading striker Dave Kitson
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As well as coaching, Dave Kitson is also available for talks and presentations at schools, colleges, universities and businesses. Dave is pictured at a presentation evening at Little Heath School, Tilehurst in December. Image courtesy of Adam Morris, Little Heath School.

"The Dave Kitson Academy is absolutely brilliant. Dave is amazing with the kids and they love every session they have done with him! We love the fun and friendly atmosphere and the coaching is of the highest quality. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to advance in their footballing skills. Exceptional knowledge and experience!"

DAN MASON

FILL OUT THE CONTACT FORM BELOW TO ENQUIRE ABOUT OUR ONE-TO-ONE, SMALL GROUP AND TEAM COACHING SESSIONS

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“I was lucky enough to help bring Dave to Reading FC in 2003. What a player! Fantastic that Dave is setting up his academy in Reading, a club and town he loves. His experiences in football and life will be invaluable to each and every one of the boys and girls who are involved.”

Brian McDermott

TITLE WINNING MANAGER WITH READING FC

JAMES HARPER

Former Reading midfielder James Harper is also available for coaching sessions.

James joined Reading in 2001 and went on to make nearly 350 appearances, scoring 26 goals.

He was a key part of the Reading team that won the Championship with a record 106 points and secured promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club's history.  

BOOK ONE OF OUR OTHER COACHES

The Dave Kitson Academy also offers one-to-one, small group, large group and team sessions with our other coaches at lower rates, with group sessions starting from only £5 per person.  With UEFA qualifications and experience of coaching for Reading, Chelsea and the FA, our coaches share the same 'Coaching for all' philosophy and, in addition to providing high quality sessions that will help to improve your game, they all share the same passion for putting on inspiring, engaging and enjoyable coaching - for boys, girls, men and women of all ages.

coach education

If you have aspirations to become a coach - or you want to further your coaching journey - we can help.

Get in touch to enquire about our coach education courses and workshops.

Dave Kitson promoting one touch play and speed of movement during his coaching sessions

"I have found The Dave Kitson Academy to be outstanding.

 

Dealing with Mark to begin with has been made easy by how accommodating he has been. We have been in the UK from New Zealand. Mark has worked hard to make our times work without fuss.

 

Dave is an outstanding coach and person. My son is 18. He has been blown away with Dave’s knowledge of the game. He has shown him so much in only a few sessions. He fills him with confidence and explains everything in a clear and precise way.

 

Dave is passionate about improving players. You can see that clearly. He pushed my son, with excellent results. I could write a lot about how good The Dave Kitson Academy is. We have been so impressed.

 

Spending time with Dave has been one of my son's best football experiences and undoubtedly it will enable him to be able to take his game even further.
 

Thanks Dave and Mark."

 

MATT HARDY

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"5 star experience overall. The initial communication and booking process with Mark was friendly and professional. Dave delivered an excellent session. He instantly built rapport with my son and effectively taught him some fundamental key mindsets and drills. He had essentially achieved more in 1 hour than a whole season of standard school / Sunday team based training. Cheers Dave and Mark, all the best!"

ADAM BADGER

"My 5 year old son was absolutely buzzing after his session with Dave. He’s quite quiet and shy but Dave made him feel comfortable immediately. The drills were also perfect for a 5 year old. Varied, challenging, progressive and fun, always finishing with scoring a goal. Great session, will definitely be booking more."

LEE RICHARDS

"Mark has been fantastic in assisting us with organising a 1-1 session with our son.
Joseph thoroughly enjoyed his first training session with Dave yesterday evening and has already learned so much. Dave made him feel very comfortable and explained everything in detail.  Joseph is very much looking forward to his next session!"

GEMMA HEATH

Dave Kitson is pictured before a coaching session with Caversham United Women. Image courtesy of Ian Richards, MediaEighty7

"Excellent. Dave Kitson worked with our men’s and women’s team in group training sessions and they were fantastic - with everyone loving it! Organised, informative, fun, competitive - the sessions were exactly what we hoped for and more.
Mark and Ian at the Academy have been a pleasure to work with throughout, too. Highly recommend!"

PAUL GUTTERIDGE

CHAIRMAN, CAVERSHAM UNITED FC

"Dave has taken my 11 year old for a couple of one to one sessions, he has absolutely loved it. Dave is constantly sharing his huge knowledge and is great with youngsters, friendly, patient and fills every minute of the session. My son was put through his paces and can't wait for his next session. Highly recommended."

DAVID MCARTHUR

"Dave was amazing with our girls teams, every player was engaged and enjoyed the session, all 20 of them! They all progressed as the session went on and didn’t want it to end! Thanks again!"

LUCIE MCGILL

"My 12 year old has just completed her second session with Dave. She’s loved both of them and responded really well to his coaching style. Dave explaining his rationale of the drills is making her think constructively and he keeps her moving through the session, with the ball at her feet! Great coach."

JAMES MORRIS

"A fantastic training session for my senior side with James Harper yesterday! His insights and expertise made it a memorable session. Will definitely be booking in for more!"

CALLUM BEASLEY, HEAD OF FOOTBALL, LEIGHTON PARK SCHOOL

"Alfie had his second training session today with Dave and it was brilliant.
Dave is very patient and encouraging, would highly recommend."

HAYLEY KEANE

"Great communication from Mark, very helpful and informative. My two daughters really enjoyed their one-to-one with Dave. He was very clear in his instructions and made it fun for the girls to follow. Would thoroughly recommend."

JO PAPWORTH

"Our sessions with Dave are superb, he is really good at explaining the drills and my son loves going. Highly recommend to any age and ability. Top bloke."

JAMES ORBELL

"I manage an U12 Girls team (Woodley United) and Dave Kitson was amazing. He was great with the girls and the coaching was first class. Really enjoyable evening for the girls, and for me! I shall definitely be booking in more sessions."

GAVIN COX

"My son recently participated in a one-to-one training session at The Dave Kitson Football Academy under the professional eyes of Dave Kitson and James Harper. The session was well-structured and focused on individual skill development. The coach provided clear instructions and focused on improving my son's technique, agility, and decision-making skills. The session was engaging and challenging, helping my son improve his technique and confidence. It was a valuable learning experience and a positive experience that contributed to my son’s overall football development."

MARY  DUMNOI

"We had the privilege of Dave Kitson coming down to take our training session and it was brilliant! From the moment we stepped onto the field, it was evident that Dave is an exceptional coach. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the game created an engaging and productive environment, making our training session enjoyable for all.


The drills were well planned and focused on fundamental skills, enhancing both individual and team performance. Dave’s ability to communicate complex techniques in a simple and relatable manner made the session educational and entertaining. Whether you’re a parent looking for an outstanding youth program or an adult seeking a challenging and enjoyable football experience, The Dave Kitson Academy is the place to go.

Thank you Dave for an enjoyable and challenging session, we’ll definitely be back for more!"

TOM GILES

MY PROMISE TO YOU

 

Whatever your ability level, I will make a commitment to you to help you develop your game and be the best you can be.

DAVE KITSON

"Amazing levels of detail from a pro who has been at the very top. Great work coach!"
SAM HUSBANDS

"My son has learned a huge amount from Dave. He is encouraging, clear, friendly and creates a fun atmosphere. His approach of explaining why things work and not just instructing players is really beneficial and develops their understanding of the game as well as their technique. Highly recommended!"

JUSTIN BEASLEY

"I have known Dave since our days together at Reading. Firstly as a player and colleague, then as a friend and a coach to my son. His desire to be better, despite life’s challenges, and his honest and analytical approach has always been impressive and a real breath of fresh air in the football world. To now be in a position to pass this knowledge and experience onto the next generation of young footballers is wonderful and I wish him and The Dave Kitson Academy all the success for the future."

JON FEARN

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BOOK A COACHING SESSION with dave kitson, 
james harper
or one of our other coaches

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READING FC LEGENDS EVENTS AT BLUE COLLAR CORNER

Dave Kitson appeared at a number of live Reading FC 106 Legends events at Blue Collar Corner in Reading in January. On Sunday January 14, Dave chatted with former Eastenders actor Tom Watt about his time at Reading, with legendary ex Royals manager Brian McDermott in attendance. Then, over the next two Sundays, Dave put the questions to former team-mates Leroy Lita and Glen Little. All three events saw a full house at Blue Collar Corner.

"Spent a great evening listening to Dave’s stories - he’s a good story teller. Highly recommend taking the time to listen to Dave if you get the chance."

SARAH TURNER

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Images above from Newbury District Primary Schools FA U11s representative squad coaching

Six year old Asheer Choudrie from Woodley taking on board advice from Dave about the importance of following up on rebounds. Video courtesy of Ameer Choudrie.

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Cody Powell and Vardhan Sharma after a training session with Dave Kitson and James Harper. Image courtesy of Chris Powell.

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WE ARE PROUD TO PARTNER WITH

Sport in Mind is a multi award winning Reading formed mental health charity that works in partnership with the NHS to deliver sport and physical activity sessions, to improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems. 

 

Website: www.sportinmind.org

Talking Royals is an online support group that provides a community and platform for anyone facing mental health challenges.

 

Organised by Reading fan Johnny Hunt, Talking Royals is supported by Reading Football Club and The Dave Kitson Academy.

Talking Royals welcomes new participants. For more information, email Johnny at: royalhunty1871@hotmail.com

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