To maximise each player’s learning potential whilst providing a high quality, fun learning environment to increase each player’s chances of achieving their aspirations through football.
Players will be encouraged and allowed to express themselves on and off the pitch with a lot of emphasis put on each player to take responsibility for their actions, given roles and responsibilities in all areas from effort, behaviour and punctuality to the kit they wear. Players will be rewarded for achievement. Players will be allowed to make mistakes and given tools to enable them to learn from their mistakes in order to improve.
Following research into methods of coaching and benefits of each style/ethos, the school has adopted a training methodology based on a “creative coaching” philosophy. This will attempt to be extremely player centred by placing footballers in an environment where they are expected/supported to solve football based problems in an enjoyable learning environment.
By adopting this philosophy, it is envisaged that players will have greater opportunities to think for themselves and as such learning will be far more directed and relevant.
In addition, careful review and monitoring of academic achievement and progression will be taken throughout the year to ensure each player is developing in all areas of their learning.
Use of Conditions
A greater emphasis should also be placed on the use of conditions to develop learning. This can include the coach changing the constraints of the practice to allow players to find solutions to problems within the game.
The coach will use the option to question and answer, guide the players but in many cases allow them to find the answers themselves by making mistakes and solving them.
A progression from starting activity, this element forms an essential part of the coaching session. It provides players with an opportunity to practice in an environment with limited pressure and with understanding of the how of technical development. Coaches will encourage development across all four corners including psychological and social.
Skill Practices provide coaches/players with an opportunity to test the elements covered during the technical development part of the session. Players should be placed in a semi competitive/ competitive environment to allow them to learn the what and why of components for development. A lot of our focus will involve touch manipulation work and pass mastery.
Transition Practice/Small Sided Games
Refers to the player's ability to adapt to transition and change from defence to attack and recover from attack to defence. Players are placed in a game-like situation that allows them to practice certain skills in a game-related environment. Used as a strategic learning tool, small-sided/conditioned games enhance the development of individuals by furthering the problem solving process.
Following performance of activities, players should be encouraged to complete simple activities as an aid to overcome muscle soreness and stiffness.
Player Assessment / Recruitment Procedure.
The training sessions are by invitation only. Any player who wishes to attend will be welcomed into the school.
Players may be scouted, apply for a trial with us or come by recommendation.
When a player reaches the under 9 level, they will receive an invitation to either join our development programme or academy for trial.
They will receive verbal feedback on a session by session basis but will then receive a formal review with their coaches once every three months.