The TUFC Youth Pathway...
DURING the summer of 2015, we at Torquay United FITC Charitable Trust have been working with the Club Management to determine the best way forward for a Youth Development programme.
We have taken the time to ensure that the programme we have devised will give us the best possible opportunity of developing young footballers, who could reach their potential, ultimately with the first-team at Torquay United.
The chosen model has been used before to provide players for first-teams in the professional game. It is based around developing a ‘fit for purpose’ training programme that allows players to get game time in local junior leagues, playing with their friends. This programme will be delivered by coaches with expertise in producing players for the professional game. The advantage of playing in local leagues is that the quality of local junior football, will improve overall.
We will be holding the programme sessions on the same sites that the Academy used last year, so Paignton Academy, Torquay Academy and Coombeshead Academy, on their new 3G Astro Pitches. This will allow players to get three hours of good quality coaching every week. Working to this proven model will ensure that each player’s progress can be tracked and that they can be provided with individual training programmes to suit their needs.
There will be a games schedule built into the programme once we have the player numbers confirmed. To this end, we have also booked a slot at Coombeshead on a Saturday, for the purpose of delivering coached games that will aid the player’s understanding of the game and positional play.
The cost has been set at £5 per session, to match the current fee we charge in the FITC scheme. As a Charitable Trust, we are a not-for-profit organisation, so any money made is put back into the business and used to pay for staff. This allows us to employ the best coaches to work in this new Performance Centre Programme.
The aims of this programme are to help players progress quickly by working on the finer details, as well as helping them to gain a better understanding of the team requirements. Some of the benefits to the players include a better training environment with improved personal development plans, less time spent travelling to training and games (which may require eating on the move, not getting time for school work and other things which are very important to their personal development).
Benefits for the parents include less time spent travelling around the country for just an hour’s football, which in turn saves money; their boys are already known to the staff, the coaches are always aware of the situation with their son, so they don’t have to start fresh at a new club with a new coach assessing their sons ability each time, which to me is the most important factor.
We want to run a scheme that will produce players, not just a scheme that produces a team to support the needs of three players that have a chance of a contract. Honesty is the best policy!
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