The Harrod Sport Arena


Bowthorpe Park, Norwich, NR5 9ED

the fdc, bowthorpe

The FDC is a modern, state of the art football facility featuring:

  • 11-a-side 3G Harrod Sport Arena
  • Four 7-a-side 3G pitches with roof netting
  • Two 5-a-side 3G pitches with roof netting
  • Fully licensed bar
  • Hot food and snacks
  • Live football
  • Function hire and Birthday parties
  • Changing and shower facilities
  • Fully floodlit, CCTV monitored car parking for over 200 vehicles
The Harrod Sport Arena


Click the link below to book a pitch using our online booking system. 



Book your child's Birthday party with us!

Celebrate your child’s special day with friends and family by hosting their Birthday party at The FDC!

With access to one of our state-of-the-art 3G pitches, and our cool new private party room, we can deliver a fun and exhilarating football experience for your child and their friends.

Our Champions League package includes a hot food package and a party host - ensuring the party is fully entertained and supervised, delivering a relaxing, stress-free experience for the adults! Whilst the Birthday child gets a special football themed gift and all of the children receive awesome party bags!

Let us make your child feel like the Ballon d’or winner on their birthday, while giving you peace of mind to sit back and relax.

Find out more about our party packages below!


Our entry level Birthday experience for up to 14 children 
  • 5-aside 3G pitch reserved for 2 hours
  • Access to our private party room for 2 hours
  • Digital party invitation and thank you note templates
  • Free teas & coffees on arrival for the parents
  • Unlimited squash for the kids
  • Captain's armband for the Birthday child
  • Party group team photo 


Everything in our Premier League package plus...
  • Dedicated party host 
  • A session of football fun and games
  • Printed party invitations and thank you notes
  • Crisps and cakes
  • A free slushy for each child on arrival
  • Hot food package of choice (chosen at the time of booking)
  • Football themed gift for the Birthday child
  • Party bag for each child


HOT Food 

Hot food and snacks are available to purchase via the FDC kitchen. We can also offer a selection of children's meals, served with chips at £2.99 pp. 

  • Chicken nuggets 
  • Hot dogs 
  • Pizza
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PARTY PACKAGE: Choose 2 of the above options for your party to munch on, along with some mega portions of fries! 

We are currently taking bookings!

Parties can be booked for either 12pm or 3pm on weekends and during school holidays. We can also take bookings at 4pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons during term time.

Call us on 01603 704050 or get in touch via the below platforms! 

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Room Hire at The FDC

Need a place to host a meeting for up to 36 people?

Get in touch!

Tech Area at The FDC
Wensum Print Pitch at The FDC

Pay & Play

Pay & Play is a recreational football session and allows participants to play for the duration of the session for just £3 per person.

Sessions at The FDC typically run 9:30am-12:30pm & 1pm-4pm.


Walking Football

We offer Walking Football sessions every Monday and Friday from 10am until midday at the Football Development Centre, Bowthorpe.

While not aimed exclusively at the over-50’s, Walking Football has proven to be extremely popular with this age group as well as those recovering from injury, given that the game is played at a walking pace with any running punishable by a free kick.

Interested? Come along!

Walking Football FDC Tournament XMAS 2021

You can book a pitch by phone, by email or online via

Yes! Get in touch with us to discuss further.

To view how to visit The FDC, Bowthorpe, please click here.

Our prices vary depending upon size, block bookings and more - please visit to check availability and pricing or call the centre to speak to a member of staff.

Our opening hours are as follows:

Monday - Friday: 9am-11pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 9am-5pm


We host Pay & Play every school holiday on weekdays where customers can pay £3.00 and play for the duration of a session. Sessions typically run 9:30am-12:30pm & 1pm-4pm. (Subject to availability - please contact the Centre for latest opening hours).

Yes - The FDC has BT Sport, showing Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, Women's Super League, Scottish Premier League & FA Cup fixtures as well as European Domestic League games (E.g. La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A, Ligue 1) and many other competitions and sports.

We do!

Click here to view our Birthday Party packages!

Get In Touch

To speak to a member of staff about the services on offer at The FDC contact us on the below details.

By Phone: 01603 704050 (option 2)

By Email: