The Academy has been set up primarily to facilitate the technical development of all 9 & 10 year olds, although entry to Lion aged kids will be permitted on an individual merit basis. Extensive FA approved soccer coaching techniques are incorporated into specific, curriculum-based drills, games and activities in the pursuit of player’s all-round technical proficiency, game cognition and enjoyment.
Technical sessions focusing upon strategies, team tactics, rules and regulations are an integral part of The Academy curriculum. Coupled with the physical development of players, the development of a young player mentally is vitally important at this key stage in their progress.
The Academy is committed to ensuring that all young players learn, understand and can competently demonstrate all the skills necessary to be an effective football player in a match situation. Equally as important, The Academy wants its members to feel a part of a team and throughout all activities, teamwork, communication and friendship are integral characteristics, reflecting BFA’s own founding principles.
U10s Development Programme
The U10s Development Programme is our most recent addition, a continuation for children who joined the U8s and wish to continue training in a competitive environment. These sessions focus on technical and tactical aspects football, as well as taking steps towards understanding the rules and nature of the game in greater depth.
The sessions themselves consist of a warm up (heart raisers), a technical introduction to the session (a separate warm up with a ball, introducing skills that will be specific to the session topic), a skill-specific section (e.g. shooting, passing, defending, attacking); always ending with a series of matches to utilise the new skills in a more competitive and higher paced environment to replicate and prepare the children for tournaments and competitive games.
The U10s Development Programme is still predominantly designed, like every other BFA session, with the children’s enjoyment as its primary objective, but aims to balance this with a) training to compete and b) preparing the keen and more proficient footballers for tryouts with the U10 & U12 Jaguars.
Academy classes are held at the following locations.