Welcome to Pro Player. The UK’s fastest growing youth football academy. Founded in 2014, Pro Player has been bridging the gap between professional academies and local grassroots football through our extensive range of weekly sessions designed to nurture and develop young players.
Our Academy model is designed to cater for players aged 4-16 and is structured around our Player Performance Pyramid that provides a clear development pathway for all our players, which is bespoke at each performance tier.
What makes Pro Player unique is that all of our coaches are current or ex professional footballers who are FA/UEFA qualified, CRB checked, fully insured and first aid certified. In addition to this, many of our coaches have academic qualifications in areas such as sports science or strength and conditioning. We feel this allows us to provide a high standard of coaching that is on a level with any professional football academy. In order to maintain this high level of coaching we have a maximum coach to player ratio of 1:12. This allows each coach to work with a small group of players and ensures that the high standard of players in each age group is maintained.
The academy is based at Gateshead International Stadium, which offers 3G facilities and premier league standard training equipment that provides the best training & development experience around.
PRO PLAYER FOOTBALL ACADEMY PROVIDES
WEEKLY TRAINING SESSIONS WITH COACHES WHO ARE PROFESSIONAL / EX-PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLERS, FA/UEFA QUALIFIED, CRB CHECKED, FULLY INSURED AND FIRST AID CERTIFIED
A BRAND NEW STATE OF THE ART 3G PITCH AND PREMIER LEAGUE STANDARD TRAINING EQUIPMENT
GAMES AGAINST PROFESSIONAL ACADEMIES, DEVELOPMENT SQUADS AND LOCAL JUNIOR TEAMS
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PLAYERS TO BE RECOMMENDED TO PROFESSIONAL CLUBS FOR TRIALS
REGULAR PLAYER REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK
MAXIMUM COACH TO PLAYER RATIO OF 1:12.
Pro Player Football Academy is a development programme that aims to produce skilled, confident and creative football players. We are looking to develop every player who attends the academy into outstanding footballers who also have discipline, drive and a professional attitude to succeed. We will use a variety of coaching styles to encourage the players to think independently, or work alongside others to achieve their specific goals. We believe that by coaching in this way, the player will develop a sense of responsibility for their learning that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We also teach our players how to perform purposeful practice and the important role this plays in their quest for excellence.
Our academy aims to educate players to play a progressive, forward thinking style of football that is based on possession of the ball. At all times our teams will try to play from the back and through the thirds, developing players in a style that makes them competent in managing the ball under pressure.
OUT OF POSSESSION
Defensively the teams will learn how to press effectively to win the ball back early and also have an understanding of how to defend through each third of the pitch with individuals being competent defending in 1 v 1 situations relevant to their position.
Honesty, hard work and commitment are all fundamental core values of the academy and are expected from all players and coaches irrespective of age or position.
TECHNICAL COACHING PROGRAMME
At Pro Player Football Academy we believe that individual skill is the foundation that you should build all the other parts of the game around. Therefore, we teach all the players the ‘core skills’, which we define as:
- First touch
- Running with the ball
- 1v1 (attack and defence)
- Ball striking (passing/shooting)
When broken down all of these are teachable components that are underpinned by ball mastery. This is why we place such an importance on high repetition, technical work, which we then increase in difficulty/pressure. This is so the players can move forward from performing skills under no pressure to effectively using skills, at speed under full pressure in the game.
These skills will be split into different topics and taught step by step over a number of sessions. By delivering sessions on a specific technical component for a certain period of time followed by reinforcement, players are provided with an opportunity to learn, practice and develop all the important areas of their game.
OUR TECHNICAL PROGRAMME HAS BEEN DEVELOPED TO CONSIST OF 6 COMPONENTS:
ANNUAL TRAINING PLAN 2015 / 2016
To incorporate all of these components into our training programme we have divided the training year into 6 themed blocks. Each block lasts for 5-8 weeks and has a ball mastery topic and a main topic which will be the focus for all training sessions, matches and home assignments. Every player at the academy will use the following training plan but the content of the sessions will be adjusted for their specific age group.
31st August – 23rd October (8 weeks)
BALL MASTERY Essential ball manipulation
MAIN TOPIC Receiving and passing
2nd November – 18th December (7 weeks)
BALL MASTERY Feints
MAIN TOPIC Attacking and defending (individual and small groups)
4th January – 5th February (5 weeks)
BALL MASTERY Change of direction
MAIN TOPIC Movement, spatial awareness and protection of the ball
15th February – 19th March (5 weeks)
BALL MASTERY Feints
MAIN TOPIC Attacking play, crossing and finishing
4th April – 27th May (8 weeks)
BALL MASTERY Change of direction
MAIN TOPIC Possession play
6th June – 15th July (7weeks)
BALL MASTERY Advanced ball manipulation
MAIN TOPIC Combining topics/position specific