Recreational Training Academy


Northeast Raiders
(Recreation Program of St. Pete Raiders)

St. Pete Raiders

Rec Academy


School of Excellence


Welcome to the Northeast Raiders and thank you for your interest in our program.  The goal of the Rec Academy is to provide the recreational players the opportunity of working with our professional staff coaches to improve and develop their soccer skills in a low-pressure environment, with an emphasis on individual player development and fun.

Typically, all players in the
Rec Academy will have the opportunity to participate in two 4 week blocks.

For our U7 thru U12 players, each session will focus on a combination of technical development and small sided games.  After your child experiences the Northeast Raiders training program, they will be a better player; technically more sound, tactically more aware and better prepared to take on all future soccer endeavors.

Upon completion of the final four week block, players that stand out and show their desire to take their soccer skills to the next level, will be invited to participate in the
St. Pete Raiders School of Excellence.  Those accepting the invitation will continue their training in a small group environment, where they will experience an academy-type training atmosphere.  Training by our professionally licensed coaching staff allows for growth as a player and a person throughout their soccer experience, and better prepares the player for success both on the field and off. 

Our program will be led by the Coordinator for the
School of Excellence, Daffyd Jones, with over 4 years of coaching experience and a passion of working with young players promoting the leadership skills, sportsmanship, and general love for the “beautiful game”.

Each session will be an hour long, and will consist of a player to coach ratio of approximately 10:1.