FUNdevelopment Program (U6, U7 & U8)
The FUNdevelopment Program is the second stage of soccer development that our players go through. However, we have to recognize that in this stage there are players who are participating in the sport for the first time.
In line with the Long-Term Player Development Model (LTPD), the most important focus at this age is the continued development of physical literacy, and the recognition that individual technique development is paramount. Coaches at this stage need to create a learning environment that is stimulating and engaging where players learn in a fun-filled small-sided game environment.
The programs now start to move into a team format where teams will begin to play against other teams within their own organization. This program focuses on teaching the fundamental aspects of sporting participation, encouraging each of our young players to master the basic techniques of soccer alongside the development of physical and movement literacy. In introducing children to the basic technical dimensions of the game, our program is designed to allow participants to explore with the ball, to engage with the core skills of dribbling, passing, and shooting in a competition free environment.
The goal of our program is to provide a rewarding, enjoyable soccer-playing experience for all participants, regardless of their skill level. 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. 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.
Further development will be available with senior technical staff through ‘Train to be Nitro” – additional training starting after the second week of sessions. More information will be available closer to the time.