FUNdevelopment Program (U6, U7 & U8)
The FUNdevelopment Program is the second stage of soccer development that players go through. However, we recognize that in this stage there are also players participating for the first time. We strive to create a program that develops and encourages new and current players to grow and develop.
In line with the Long-Term Player Development Model (LTPD), the most important focus at this stage is to continue to develop all players physical literacy, and we recognize that individual technique development is paramount.
Coaches at this stage strive to create a stimulating and engaging learning environment for players to learn in a fun-filled small-sided game environment. The program begins to move into a team format where teams will begin to play against each other.
The program goal is to provide a rewarding, enjoyable soccer-playing experience for all participants, regardless of their skill level.
The program follows the GAG model, which is the Game Activity Game. See curriculm below.
This program focuses on teaching the fundamental aspects of:
- sport participation
- encouraging all young players to master the basic techniques of soccer
- the development of physical and movement literacy.
Building on the fundamental techniques, our program is designed to;
- to allow participants to explore with the ball,
- to engage with the foundational skills such as dribbling, passing, and shooting in a competition free environment
The use of the GAG Model – Game Activity Game – allows for a balance of coaching a specific topic within a game, developing that topic in the activity and allowing the players to implement that in the game for themselves without coaches constantly talking.
The second game is vital to allow players to make mistakes or do something great and so learn for themselves. Coaches will be there to encourage for this game and ensure player rotation.
Player development sessions are included in all divisions up to U12 and focus on building each player's confidence with the ball, under the supervision of our development coaches and their team coaches.
Train to be a Nitro (FOR U7-U10 ONLY)
Further development will be available with senior technical staff through ‘Train to be a Nitro” – additional training starting after the second week of sessions. More information will be available closer to the time.