Christchurch United FC.  One Club.  One Dream.

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Unity - Respect - Discipline - Intelligence - Responsibility - Passion
 
PHASES OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
PHASES OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
We aim to help every Academy player to develop their abilities to the highest potential.
FUNiño FOOTBALL SCHOOL 4-8 YEARS
1-2-3 trainings per week by choice - 45 minutes each

The FUNiño is our introductory programme to the world of the beautiful game of football. It provides a great variety of progressive games and exercises enabling children to develop their skills step-by-step.

The programme offers a series of 26th games.

The Games are professionally developed based on an age-wise guide. The main focus is not only to learn techniques but also to stimulate creativity, critical thinking and game intelligence. Coaches encourage the active participation of all children. It will help to improve interpersonal skills alongside communication skills as is vital in all aspects of a child’s life.
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PRE-ACADEMY U9-12
U9-U10 - 3 trainings per week - 60 minutes - 7-a-side
U11-U12 - 3 trainings per week - 75 minutes - 9-a-side

The Pre-Academy is the next step in the development of our football programme. From the U4-8 players will flow into these teams to train twice a week (plus a game). During these age groups player will transition from self-centred to self-critical. Players of this age are in the ideal circumstances to train the basic skills. By using dynamic, engaging, and competitive exercises we teach the players individual technical and tactical skills to improve their game understanding so they can learn to play together. This is the “Golden age of Learning” and the most important age for skill acquisition.

Our coaches in this age group have to be teachers who deliver their message enthusiastically. The coaches have the ability to demonstrate or utilize players to give a good example, possess knowledge of the game and key factors of the basic skills are as important as the ability to encourage all players in these age groups.
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ACADEMY U13-14
U13-U15 - 4 trainings per week - 90 minutes - 11-a-side

When players go into the academy phase the amount of trainings increase. More team based video analysis becomes available. The pace of development is faster at this age due to the growth physically and mentally. The loads should increase and the awareness of tactical skills within the game becomes more important during the learning process. Players at this age are more self-critical and can be rebellious but have strong commitment to their team.

Our coaches in this age group require more tactical knowledge and understanding about the game in order to deliver their sessions to ensure the environment is challenging for our players.
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PERFORMANCE ACADEMY U15-17
U17-U19 - 4-5 trainings per week - 90 minutes - 11-a-side

In the performance academy there is another increase in training intensity and players start to specialize more by using video analysis on a more detailed level. This is a critical time in the development of the players.

Players need to learn mental toughness and self-confidence. They seem to struggle with their desire to be competitive and there is a need for attention and security.

Our coaches in these age groups need to be experienced and knowledge able. They need to connect with the players well to make sure the vital skills can be learned by players through a strong connection between coach, player and teammates.
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HIGH PERFORMANCE ACADEMY U18-19/ SENIOR
U17-U19 - 4-5 trainings per week - 90 minutes - 11-a-side

The high performance academy is the most intense part of the youth academy preparing players for high level football. In this specializing age we offer extra opportunities as more specific video analysis and workshops for those willing to strive for the highest standards.

Players will train more and the extra tools that we offer will help improving their experience and development to maximise their potential in these age players will need to be exposed to a playing and training environment which extends all capabilities and to the limit. Players need to gain a great understanding of the principles and concepts, show emotional stability under pressure.

Coaches must be experienced, knowledgeable and teach discipline and commitment to their players to ensure the challenging sessions and games.
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“Technique is not being able to juggle a ball 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in the circus. Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate."
Johan Cruyff
One of football’s greatest ever players and most influential coaches.