YOUTH DEVELOPMENT STAGE

Keynsham Town Juniors

Youth Development

U12-U16 (School Year 7-11)

Practice at this age will encourage learning of much more specific areas of the game whilst the developing of technical ability will still be at the forefront of the LTPD plan.

Players will experience defending and attacking when numbers are not balanced and will be challenged much more to develop their knowledge of movement “off the ball”.

There should be a heavy emphasis on encouraging players to constantly scan the playing field and think ahead so better decisions can be made upon receiving the ball.

Players should continue to have the experience of playing in different positions although during these years we will start to look at which positions may be most suitable for each player.

Players will now be encouraged to experiment with tactics and to reflect on their performance; were they effective and what could they do better next time?

Creative play in attacking situations will always be encouraged but players in this age group will start to learn about where and when to take risks.

From the age of 12 players will be encouraged to join our Junior Leaders Programme and get involved with the many local Community initiatives we support as well as enrolling on coaching, refereeing and young leaders courses.

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

  • Refining techniques
  • Skill execution under pressure
  • Attacking & defending principles
  • Introduction to tactics and team work
  • Rotation

Physical

  • Adolescent growth spurt
  • Aerobic development
  • Changing shape
  • Early / late maturation
  • Athleticism changes
  • Increasing variation between players

Psychological

  • Self concept
  • Awareness
  • Responsibility
  • Goal setting
  • Confidence
  • Coping strategies

Social

  • Accept responsibility
  • Fair play
  • Peer group features
  • Values and beliefs
  • Appropriate behaviours
  • Personal and group responsibilities

Player Positions

In the Foundation and Development phase our coaches give players the opportunity to learn different positions. This helps provide an all round understanding of the game making them a more versatile payer. This becomes important as they progress through the Transition phase and into senior football.

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Coaching Stages

Our coaches take players through the three key phases of the the FA’s Grassroots DNA and the importance of the four corners approach. Find out more detail about each of the three phases from the Foundation (U6-U11), Youth Development (U12-U16) and Transition (U16-U18).

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Club Welfare Officer, Tanya Hawkins [email protected]

Main Club Sponsor