Bowthorpe Park, Norwich, NR5 9ED

the fdc, bowthorpe

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

  • Six 5-a-side 3G pitches with roof netting
  • Two 7-a-side 3G pitches with roof netting
  • The 'Field of Dreams' - our 11-a-side grass pitch matchday facility.
  • Two air conditioned rooms for meetings and conferences
  • Fully licensed bar
  • Function room for private parties
  • 4 large TV screens showing live football
  • Changing and shower facilities
  • Fully floodlit, CCTV monitored car parking for over 200 vehicles


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

the FDC Covid-19 Risk Assessment

Please see below theFDC COVID-19 Risk Assessment.

FDC Party Children

have a Birthday Party at thefdc

Book a Children's Gold Birthday Party at theFDC!

  • Our Gold package includes:
  • A 5-a-side 3G pitch reserved for 2 hours
  • A fun football session with a Norfolk FA coach for 75 minutes
  • Themed party invitations
  • A private party room, free to decorate however you wish
  • A football themed present for the birthday boy/girl
  • Free teas & coffees for parents, squash for the kids and access to our fully licensed bar
  • Personalised 'Thank You' notes to send to all the party goers
FDC Room Hire - Meeting Room Hire

Room Hire at theFDC

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

Get in touch!


book a pitch

Want to book one of our 3G pitches? Or how about our 11-a-side Field of Dreams?

Get in touch or book online!


county 5ives

The FDC is County 5IVES' biggest venue, with adult 5-aside leagues taking place on Monday & Wednesday evenings.

We also host a Women's League on a Monday! 


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

Yes! Get in touch with us to discuss further.

Our prices vary depending upon size, block bookings, Charter Standard status 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 - Thursday: 9am-11pm

Friday: 9am-8pm

Saturday: 9am-1pm (Later by request)

Sunday: By request

Yes! We host pay&play every school holiday and most weekends where customers can pay £3.00 and play all day. (Subject to availability - please check pay&play page/ social channels for latest opening hours).

You bet! The FDC is County 5IVES' biggest venue, with adult 5-aside leagues taking place on Monday and Wednesday evenings.

We also host a Women's league - visit our County 5IVES page or email to find out more.

Yes - theFDC 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!

 With our Gold package you'll have a 3G pitch reserved for 2 hours, and also receive:


    • 75 minutes of time with a Norfolk FA coach, who will oversee fun football games, teach some skills, and referee a match at the end.
    • Your own private party room
    • A football themed present for the birthday boy/girl
    • Free teas & coffees for parents, and squash for the kids
    • The opportunity to bring your own food and to decorate the party room as you wish (see pictures)
    • Access to our fully licensed bar, where parents can relax whilst we take care of the football activities



A flat rate of £130 includes all of the above, with 18 children able to experience this special day. We will also provide you with invites to give to your guests and thank you notes for each guest!

Alternatively, our Silver package offers a 5-a-side pitch and party room for a one off fee of just £60. Both the room and pitch will be secured under this booking for a period of 2 hours.

Get In Touch

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

By Phone: 01603 704050 (option 2)

By Email:

Walking Football

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!