PLAYER PATHWAY – U16 TO SENIOR FOOTBALL

THE “TRANSITION” STAGE

Transition

(U16-U18)

This transition stage will see the club looking at preparing players for the daunting prospect of adult football. It is our aim to retain as many players as is possible into this stage, one which is a notorious “dropping off” point for young footballers. We take great pride in developing players for our Keynsham senior teams.

There will be more emphasis than in earlier years on winning football matches but this will still be attempted absolutely under the umbrella of teamwork, good football, respect and fair play.

Practice to improve technical ability will still be important although tactics, team shape and a player’s role within the team will take on a higher priority than before.

Players will be encouraged to continue developing their coaching education, with a view to assisting a coach from a younger age group within the club.

What success looks like

Here are just four players who have been part of our Junior Club, and are a testament to the success of our Player Pathway. These four players now feature as regulars in our First Team squad.

Four Corner Model

The FA four corner model encompasses four key attributes that are vital for any developing young footballer: Technical, Physical, Psychological and Social elements, helping children to develop more than just their football skills – ‘Our coaches help them to gain confidence, build self-esteem, learn to work as a  team and improve their decision making’

Technical

  • Becoming technically proficient
  • Executing the correct technique on demand
  • Contributing to team play involving space & time
  • Producing the techniques required to support both defending & attacking strategies

Physical

  • Muscle mass gains
  • Strength improves
  • Power increases
  • Lactate training
  • Improving recovery
  • Full potential is progressively achieved

Psychological

  • Lifestyle skills
  • Developing a stable temperament
  • Understanding match play
  • Communication
  • Advanced coping strategies are developed

Social

  • Developing emotional stability
  • Being socially responsible
  • Recognising cultural differences
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Appreciating others

Club Welfare Officer, Chris Larke-Phillips | [email protected]

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