Charlton Challenge

In September 2019, the Charlton Challenge relaunched as a new and improved programme. A new curriculum, grading system and different types of sessions are just some aspects of the relaunch.

The Charlton Challenge is Charlton Athletic Community Trust's (CACT's) own award-winning scheme for 5-15 years boys and girls, delivered by our qualified coaches.

Charlton Challenge is a structured and progressive scheme aimed at developing children’s core movement and football skills. It is designed to create maximum enjoyment and involvement, while also helping young footballers to realise their full potential.

All Charlton Challenge sessions are delivered over 12 to 16 weeks three times a year at your local leisure centre and are split into four challenges.

Toddler Soccer aged 2-3: Delivered to support boys’ and girls’ first experience in sport. All games delivered are fun and engaging while looking to support core movement skills. At the end of each session, each player will be rewarded with celebratory stickers:

FUNdamental Challenge aged 3-5: First step into developing core football skills. The Fundamental Challenge focuses on: Fundamental Skills, Ball Mastery, Social Development and Game Understanding.

Technical Challenge 6-8 years: Provides more for players who are keen on developing as little footballers. The Technical Challenge will be a fun environment to develop the core football techniques of: Dribbling and Control, Passing, Shooting and Finishing Attacking and Defending.

Match Play Challenge 9+:

Weekly opportunities for players to play the beautiful game whether you play in a team or are just looking to play in a fun environment. Coaches will deliver different “match related” sessions, World Cup-style tournaments, 4v4 tournaments, futsal or 1v1 and 2v2 challenges, all to offer players a different or new environment to develop and enjoy their football.

At the end of the course, players across all four challenges will receive a CAFC gift and a certificate. Fundamental and Technical Challenge participants will also be graded and will each receive a wristband to determine which level of the challenge they are to help support development and growth.

For more information, please contact Bradley Marshall at or call 020 8850 2866.

Click here to see our new Charlton Challenge booklet.

Sessions in take place in the following venues:

GREENWICH - Click here to see our leaflet

Sutcliffe Park Athletics Track

Eltham Road, London, SE9 5LW

Monday & Friday: 4.15pm - 5.15pm for 5 to 7 year-olds.

Waterfront Leisure Centre

Woolwich High Street, London, SE18 6D

Monday: 4-5pm 5 to 7-year-olds, 5-6pm 8+

Wednesday: 5-6pm 5 to 7-year-olds

Friday: 5-6pm 5 to 7-year-olds, 6-7pm 8+

Saturday: 10-11am 5-7 years, 11am-12pm 8+

To book a session, please contact your Better Leisure Centre directly or visit or call 020 8317 5010

BEXLEY - Click here to see our leaflet

Crook Log Leisure Centre

Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, DA7 4HH

020 8304 9090

Football sessions at Crook Log Leisure Centre as follows;

Monday: 4-4.45pm 5 to 7-year-olds, 4.45-6.15pm 8+

Tuesday: 4-4.45pm 5 to 7-year-olds, 4.45-5.30pm 5-7 years

Wednesday: 4-4.45pm 5 to 7-year-olds, 4.45-5.30pm 5-7 years

Thursday: 5.30-7pm 8+

Friday: 4-5.30pm 8+

Saturday: 11.30-12.15pm 5 to 7-year-olds

Erith Leisure Centre

Avenue Road, Erith, DA8 3AT

01322 350271

Football sessions at Erith Leisure Centre as follows (all sessions £2);

Tuesday: 4-5pm 5 to 7-year-olds, 5-6pm 8+

Thursday: 4-5pm 5 to 7-year-olds, 5-6pm 8+

Saturday: 10-11am 5 to 7-year-olds, 11am-12pm 8+

Sidcup Leisure Centre

Hurst Road, Sidcup, DA15 9AE

0208 302 0556

Football sessions at Sidcup Leisure Centre as follows;

Monday: 5.15-6pm 5 to 7-year-olds, 6-7.30pm 8+

Wednesday: 5.15-6pm 5 to 7-year-olds, 6-7.30pm 8+

Saturday: 9.45-10.30am 5 to 7-year-olds, 10.30-11.15am 5 to 7-year-olds

To book at Crook Log, Erith or Sidcup please contact your Parkwood Leisure Centre directly.

KENT - Click here to see our leaflet

Sevenoaks Leisure Centre

Buckhurst Ln, Sevenoaks, TN13 1LW

• Tuesday:

- 4:15pm to 5:15pm, 5 - 7 years old (FUNdamental challenge) 

- 5:15pm to 6:15pm, 8 - 9 years old (Technical challenge)

- 6:15pm to 7:15pm, 9+ years old (Match play challenge) 

• Thursday: 

- 4:30pm to 5:30pm, 5 - 8 years old (FUNdamental challenge & technical challenge) 

- 5:30pm to 6:30pm, 9+ years old (Match play challenge)

• Friday: 

- 4pm to 5pm, 5 - 8 years old (FUNdamental challenge & technical challenge)

- 5pm to 6pm, 9+ years old (Match play challenge) 

• Saturday: 

- 9:15am to 10am, 3 - 4 years old (Toddler challenge)

Edenbridge Leisure Centre

Stangrove Park, Edenbridge, TN8 5LU

• Thursday:

- 3:30pm to 4:15pm, 3 - 4 years old (Toddler challenge)

- 4:15pm to 5:15pm, 5 - 7 years old (FUNdamental challenge)

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