ages 3-8 years old
Aged three years old our players are taught to master the ball, to be confident, to enjoy staying on the ball and expressing themselves.
TECHNIQUE – TECHNIQUE – TECHNIQUE
Ball mastery, Running with the ball, dribbling, receiving, turning and ball striking are core elements of our programme. These skills are encouraged in 1 v 1 and small sided games (3 v 3) and are key to our philosophy. Children as young as three are encouraged to be ‘greedy’ with the ball and find a love for the game that will last a lifetime.
At the young ages we are really focusing on developing a technical base both with and without the ball. We do our best to ensure a football is at the child’s feet for 100% of the session, the more contact time with the ball the quicker the development.
We understand the importance of aiding youngsters social and behavioural development whilst with us. Helping to teach them fair play, respect, honesty and how to deal with success and failure. We aim to develop values which go beyond football developing them as young footballers but also as young people.
As players progress through the academy our aim is to provide each child with a good skill set and understanding of matchplay.
From the start of year two children are offered the opportunity of playing in a team with our partner club Hannakins Farm FC. Players will then play regular weekend matches with additional training offered in our development/elite groups.
At First Kicks we offer a fantastic training programme with a clear development pathway for every child’s ability level.