Development and Academy

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sat 1 Sep 2018
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FC Halifax Town’s Football Development Centre and Academy programme is designed to complement local clubs both at grassroots and professional level; offering players additional training sessions to supplement individual development alongside a number of friendly fixtures.

The programme is open to players aged 5-16 years.  It is our intention to continue developing the FC Halifax Town programme to all children in our region, we believe that every child attending our centres will dramatically improve and given time we are confident that we will produce players of outstanding quality.

It is a self-sustaining programme through participation subscriptions and grant funding.

We have devised a coaching syllabus covering:

(i)         Individual techniques

(ii)         Collective techniques

(iii)        Tactical and position specific training

Our programme will lead to the development of players who play a specific style based on a sound technical base that allows individual expression, players who can receive in tight spaces under pressure, can play quick combinations, can dominate opponents in 1v1 situations and be tactically flexible in order to find space.

Overall we aim is to develop confident and creative players whilst also teaching essential life skills such as sportsmanship, respect and the role a positive attitude, strong work ethic and purposeful practice can play in the quest for excellence.

Futsal is an integral aspect of our programme and will aid player development at all ages but particularly the younger age groups.  The game and associated training programme is credited for its role in the development of such greats as Ineista, Ronaldo, Neymar and Pele.  It provides the best skill building environment to prepare players for the 11-a-side game.

We have a small coaching team of excellent coaches and we are very committed to provide the best and safest coaching environment possible.  All coaches are FA qualified, first aid qualified hold the FA safeguarding certificate and have been police checked before starting to work with us.

The Development and Academy programme offers a long term graduation path into our youth team and centre of excellence football and education scholarships, a full time programme for players aged 16-19 years.

Those players who show the right attitude and ability are encouraged to work towards excellence through the FC Halifax Town Academy programme.  This is currently a developing programme that provides age specific technical and tactical coaching and extensive support to maximise each players’ development.  Academy training includes an increased number of training hours and a comprehensive games programme (players are still able to continue training/playing for grass root teams).

To gain entry to the Academy each player is required to complete a practical trial around our player development model.  Performance in these areas will determine which level of the Development or Academy programme the player will be offered a place within.

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