Under 13

Histon and Norwich City Regional Development Programme (RDP) announced a partnership in July 2019 aimed at recruiting and developing the best local young players into the youth development pathway here at Histon FC. The two clubs would work together to produce teams from Under 13’s to Under 16’s that would be jointly coached by the two clubs with future outcomes anticipated of progression into either club’s Scholarship Programme at Under 17 level.

For the 2023/24 season we shall operate a full quota of sides at Under 13, 14, 15 and 16 age groups operating in the Eastern Junior Alliance.

Contact details for our coaching staff are below:

Head of Youth, Matt Payne: matt.payne@histonfc.co.uk

Under 13 Manager, Ross Knappett: ross.knappett@histonfc.co.uk

Under 14 Manager, Paul Orange: paul.orange@histonfc.co.uk

Under 15 Manager, Lee Keen: lee.keen@histonfc.co.uk

Under 16 Manager, Michael Brown: michael.brown@histonfc.co.uk

More information regarding trials and exactly what being a part of the Histon/Norwich City EJA programme entails for both players and parents is available in the “Joining Histon Youth” section of this page but if you are interested in learning more now then please feel free to contact those above.

Open sessions are planned to take place ahead of the 2023/24 season on the following dates:

Under 13’s: Please contact Manager Ross Knappett by email at ross.knappett@histonfc.co.uk

Under 14’s: Wednesday May 24th 6-7:30pm at Comberton Village College

Under 15’s: Sunday June 11th and 18th 1-3pm at Comberton Village College

Under 16’s: Thursday May 25th 7-8pm at Comberton Village College

Contact details for all staff are available at https://histonfc.wpengine.com/eja/

Please give the following information when contacting the relevant coach:

Name, playing position, current club.


Our partnership with Norwich City RDP was launched in 2019 with the first of our teams competing in the EJA for the 2020/21 season.

Recruitment is always ongoing for our next Under 13’s side as the existing sides move up a year.

The EJA Partnership will provide selected boys in the area with a competitive weekly training and games programme playing as Histon FC in the Eastern Junior Alliance leagues. Training sessions & fixtures will be delivered by Histon FC management & Norwich City FC RDP Coaching staff.

As an addition, selected boys will also be offered a place in the Norwich City FC RDP Elite programme alongside their EJA commitments, to provide them with additional coaching hours and fixtures during half terms.

You can also visit our partnerships page on Norwich City’s website for a brief overview. VISIT

Our Under 16’s side, managed by Michael Brown will play their home games at the club’s main Bridge Road Stadium.

In 2021/22 as an U14 squad the EJA League title was claimed.

Please see the below link to access the sides 2022/23 fixtures/results and league table.

Table | U15 Yellow | Eastern Junior Alliance (thefa.com)

Our Under 15’s side, managed by Lee Keen will look to build on their EJA League triumph in 2022/23. This success came after winning the side won the League Cup as an U13 team in 2021/22

Please see the link below to access their 2022/23 fixtures/results and league table.

Table | U14 Blue | Eastern Junior Alliance (thefa.com)

Paul Orange and Sean Harper head up our Under 14 side, having experienced a fine start to their tenure in 2022/23. Their side collected the League and Cup double, whilst making the semi-final in a further EJA Cup competition.

Please see the link below to access their 2022/23 fixtures/results and league table.

Table | U13 Blue | Eastern Junior Alliance (thefa.com)

Our newly formed U13 side come under the watchful eye of Ross Knappett, Robbie Hyett and Mark Housden.

Contact Manager Ross Knappett at ross.knappett@histonfc.co.uk