Every element of our training model is designed to help players become curious and inquisitive in order to find solutions to the challenges presented by their opponents. The aim is to produce a dynamic, engaging and competitive nature within our sessions. As coaches, we know that whilst young children are having fun they are also training their brains and bodies. By combining these beliefs with sound guidance and leadership, we aim to become the leading youth football academy in the country.
Using a game-based approach that is progressive and realistic, instils in players a sense of confidence and creativity.
A total footballer requires character, confidence and an ability to learn and adapt to each situation.
We will provide the environment and competition along with the guidance a young player needs to maximise his potential. A player who is able to think and is capable of executing his options in real time, under real pressure, is a player that will be prepared to compete at a higher level.
FUNDAMENTALS OF THE GAME
PRESSURE – POSITION – POSSESSION
These are the fundamental needs for a player to understand and master to gain a positional and spatial advantage.
In and out of possession players should be able to take up effective angles. Firstly of support to provide an option or cover for a team mate. Also the angle of their body position to maximise their own opportunity for forward progression or protection if the ball comes to them. Our aim to to create more attacking lines than the opposition have defensive.
Players will learn and gain experience around the importance of their distance from the ball or opponent. One of the key reasons for a principles and games based approach is to give all players (even at U7) maximum opportunity to experience realistic challenges relating to their distance. This will maximise their potential for positional and spatial dominance.
Reading the play is extremely important both in and out of possession. A player that is able to read the progress of the play/ball before it happens will often gain a positional and spatial advantage. A key part of our coaching programme is to teach and encourage proactive runs before the ball has been played. They should use their understanding of the game to make forward runs or recovery runs based on what could happen.
The key to maximising potential is the capability of an individual to take what they know (knowledge) , what they’ve seen (experience) and what they’ve been asked to do (instruction) in a situation to make effective decisions. Situations cannot be manufactured as they are very unlikely to happen the same way twice. A players potential and efficiency comes from his ability to process the information around him (scanning) and use that information to his and his teams advantage (planning). This is the reason for our games and principles based approach. There is no game of football around the world which requires an individual to compete by himself. Teams don’t learn, Individuals within teams learn, learning is a personal process magnified by their understanding of the team environment and context that brings. Any process to develop an individual in isolation therefore seems fundamentally flawed.