An innovative curriculum, designed and developed in the Academies of Premier League clubs in the UK, is presented through the four key components of technical development.
The starting point of any football technique is the cognitive movement process. Young players must firstly gain the mechanical movements and develop their co-ordination in order to control their body. This incorporates agility, balance, flexibility and mobility and ultimately stimulates muscle memory.
Players’ physical and mental skills are always tested and improved in our sessions. The intense cardiovascular element of technical practise has a positive effect on core strength and stamina. The demands of the techniques produce strong, flexible joints in young footballers which help in injury prevention. Creating a fun, competitive environment aids in the psychological development.
Technical excellence is our objective. Only through a structured programme of instruction, demonstration, practise and correction will players truly become adept at a complete range of football specific techniques. Understanding the elements that form the building blocks of the pathway is key.
Technique ultimately has to be game effective. If players have confidence in their abilities, have speed in their technique and make correct decisions, then they will be successful when using those techniques in match situations. To progress young players will take many years, but only through structured, high quality practise either with the coach or independently, can excellence be achieved.