Coaching of our players has been, and remains the priority of our programme. We believe our model of teaching the game is affective and flexible ensuring players receive the highest level of tuition across the four corners. The coaching curriculum provides our technical staff with the blueprint on how we will deliver our programme. This template outlines the methods utilised to teach the game, identifies key learning objectives and outcomes across a detailed age specific coaching syllabus. The coaching format, used to orchestrate a session at our Club demonstrates a clear and concise process to implement the plan and is the structure on which we deliver influential, innovative, exciting, knowledgeable, collaborative and inspiring coaching sessions.
The syllabus pulls together all the supporting elements, which are valued as a means to player development. Through this holistic approach we feel a clear goal orientated culture in a disciplined environment is key to reaching our purpose of producing players with the attributes to participate in 1st Team football. It is vital in today’s society that the players and staff feel ownership of their development and through formative coaching and planning meetings all stakeholders have the opportunity to shape the pathway.
The culture within our Academy is key to our continued success and only through a strict adherence to our vision and values will we be able to operate effectively in today’s market place. We believe a concise plan, dynamic and effective coaching will serve as the pathway for our young players to reach the 1st Team squad and in turn meet our mission statement.
The rationale for the construction of the programme created, presented and implemented is based on developing players today for the game of tomorrow. The statistics available for elite performance in the major tournaments and leagues indicates that teams and players are playing the game in a different manner to that of the past. Taking into account some considerations, not assumptions will help us to prepare players more adequately for the environment, which they must excel in.
- The game is played in two key phases, where teams counter quickly or seek to gain control of possession though ball retention.
- Intelligence Players are analysing and reviewing the game more and as such building up a greater knowledge based on which to make decisions.
- Athleticism The volume of athletic players whom also possess the technical and tactical attributes at the highest level is increasing.
- Unorthodox Although the result may be the same, players are finding different ways to execute techniques and teams structures.
- Flexibility Teams are placing an emphasis on rotation and overloads displaying flexibility in their team structures.
- Disguise Individual players are refining their techniques to create an advantage on and off the ball.
- Tempo Between different leagues and teams within leagues the game is being played at different tempos with greater changes in tempo.
‘A hard-working, high-tempo and enjoyable environment which empowers the creative in the individuals, who portray an enthusiasm, desire and resilience to improve, learn and play.’
The Foundation Phase identifies the period allocated to developing the fundamental elements required to assist progression through the future phases of the development pathway. It’s importance to football specific development is as vital as the introduction to the club’s culture and values which will be transmitted through the contact our young players experience at the Academy. The coaching process is geared to developing individuals who are able to stay on the ball and problem solve across a range of small sided games, indoor sports hall sessions and regular futsal based festivals.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PHASE
‘The transition between phases building on individualism and creativity. Developing players to become effective within a team environment and adaptable in their game understanding through a cohesive culture, an emphasis on hard work, responsibility and independent thinking.’
The learning process will have been underpinned in the Foundation Phase and as player’s progress closer to the 11v11 format, further detail on the game is delivered using a structured Individual Learning Guide (ILG) provided to support the learner as they move through the mesocycles and the performance review process. The individual nature of the programme is maximised due to the variation in player’s development and their movement across age groups. The fluid transition of players across groups is supported by the delivery model and the synchronisation of the coaching phases. The content of the syllabus shifts to that which will operate through the Professional Development Phase although the objectives and content will be group and player specific. It is fundamental that learners entering this phase have the opportunity to engage in the coaching themes regardless of the age they enter the programme as over 60% of players in the Professional Development Phase join between 12 and 16 years of age. Therefore, it is important that players learning is developed year on year, layer on layer, specific to them as individuals with the programme differentiated for them to integrate and become successful.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PHASE
‘A period to refine the players understanding across the four corners allowing them to display, consolidate & further develop wisdom which we believe is the application & demonstration of knowledge.’
The final development phase provides an opportunity to progress players through a full time training model fine-tuning the football philosophy within the competitive environment. Players are taught the key elements both on and off the pitch to assist their preparation and progression for First Team football. The development of their game is undertaken within a competitive environment however the philosophy and beliefs of the Club are not undermined. Players within this phase must be able to build working relationships with senior staff and be receptive to any changes in the First Team structure. This open mindedness and adaptable attitude will ensure that players are able to thrive regardless.
REFLECTION WEEKS 2016-17
The players in our U9 – U14 groups will have a break from the coaching programme during the following reflection weeks:
Week Commencing 5th September
Week Commencing 14th November
Week Commencing 6th February
The players in our U15 – U16 groups will have a similar break during the weeks noted above but will be expected to attend on the set day of their school release.
The players in our U17 – U18 groups will receive a break during the weekend at the end of the reflection weeks noted above.
Please be aware that occasionally fixtures may be organised on a day during one of these weeks but you will be given as much notice as possible when this occurs.
To contact a member of the Coaching department, please visit the 'Contact Us' page.