Bowthorpe Park, Norwich, NR5 9ED


Norfolk County FA are hoping to reopen theFDC at Bowthorpe in the upcoming weeks subject to getting sufficient interest in pitch bookings via the completion of the below expression of interest form.


Due to current government restrictions there is a changed rate for bookings and access, as outlined below:

  • The costs for booking during this period will be charged at a flat rate of £25 per 5-a-side per hour and £40 per 7-a-side per hour 
  • Reduced Opening Hours (demand lead within the hours of 5pm to 10pm – Monday to Thursday, 5.30pm – 8.30pm Friday & Saturday mornings)
  • All bookings must be made and paid in advance (a secure payment link will be provided via email), no ‘turn up & play’ is permitted 
  • All users to follow social distancing guidance when on site at all times
  • The practical activities taking place on the pitches must follow FA & Government Guidance, to access the current guidance use this link -
  • Bookers will be responsible for undertaking a risk assessment for their own activity, which also includes the management of your own equipment and anyfirst aid treatment required for your participants.
  • No block bookings will be acceptable under the current working conditions. Week to week bookings only
  • We are operating a separate Entrance and Exit to the centre as there is no access to building at present due to major refurbishment works taking place. The entrance to the 3G Pitches will be gained via the double gate entrance located in the middle car park and when exiting the centre please use the side gate, which is located to the right-hand side (as you look towards the car park) of the centre building.
  • No users to arrive any earlier than 10 minutes prior to booking slot and must have departed the site no later than 10 minutes post booking slot
  • Reduced slots available per night – each half of the centre pitches will be staggered to commence on either on the hour or half hour to minimise crossover between groups
  • Outdoor toilets (if required) will be provided within the Field of Dreams (grass pitch) are of the centre, accessing them throughout the FOD turnstile

Please fill in your expression of interest found in the link below:


A member of FDC Staff will be in contact as soon as possible to confirm bookings and to send payment link details (if applicable).

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
  • 7 large TV screens showing live football
  • Changing and shower facilities
  • Fully floodlit, CCTV monitored car parking for over 200 vehicles
FDC Party Children

have a Birthday Party at thefdc

Book a Children's Gold Birthday Party at theFDC in 2019/20 and get 15% off!

  • 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

OFFER | Quote 'FDC web 19' to get 15% off the Gold Package price of £130!

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 between each evening Monday to Thursday.

We also host a 6-aside league on a Tuesday night and women's league on a Monday! 

The FDC Youth Cup


The Utilita FDC Youth Cup was a great success in 2019!

It saw over 90 teams compete across 10 different age groups, and was one of the largest youth tournaments in Norfolk once again. To find out more about Tournaments please get in touch!

Phone: 01603 704050 (option 2)



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

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: 3.30-8pm

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 between 7 & 10pm each evening Monday to Thursday.

We also host a 6-aside league and women's league - visit our County 5IVES pages or email to find our 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, from 10.30am-12.30pm and on Wednesdays and Fridays 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!