Personal Development Centre

 

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Outfield PDC – Tuesdays from 6pm to 7.30pm, indoors at the Victory Sports Ground
Goalkeeper PDC – Mondays from 5pm to 6.30pm, indoors at the Victory Sports Ground

If you’re a new participant, before you book please email us to check availability of places. To book a place use our online shop.

The Personal Development Centre is a unique holistic approach to youth football development for players that can’t get enough of the game they love and want to learn more! The PDC sessions supplement standard club recreational and social team training sessions and matches; catering for the proportion of players who are ‘inspired and aspirational’. The sessions also serve those new to the game who wish to catch up with their peers.

 

The regular 1 ½ hour development sessions for junior youth players are held indoors at the Victory Sports Ground sports hall. These are intense training sessions with regular match experiences against futsal dedicated club teams and pro-club advanced level session players.

The sessions are open to all children who are serious about improving their footy up to pro-club academy level; with high quality coaching on a par with pro-club PDC and Elite programmes. When it is appropriate for the player to progress, i.e. to contract level; we then make referrals direct to the professional academies.

Whether a child plays for a Sporting 87 team or another club, we welcome applications for our ‘tryout’ days at the beginning of each term.

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Practical: Futsal and football based techniques and skills
Teaching and practice of physical and technical elements:
– No ability bar; the sessions cater for everyone
– Focus on the individual
– Improving football up to pro-club academy level

Futsal – the best tool for teaching football and a great game in its own right


Futsal gives you more: involvement, decisions, touches, pace in the game, and coaching attention (because of reduced player numbers and space). For younger players development is further enhanced through development games using more appropriate MiniFutsal™ formats, where we use Futebol de Salão size 2/3 balls on a smaller sized pitch with smaller goals. Through our coaching ethos and using futsal we create ‘independent’ players with enhanced: technique, vision, speed and agility, intelligence and mental resilience. (In 2012 Sporting 87 Educational Trust created its  MiniFutsal™ formats of the game for children up to and including the U11 age group, and continues its development through Community and Academy sessions. The smaller pitch size forces the need for good technique, high agility and quick decision making in order to be successful; while a player’s physical size and stature are reduced in influence. A more equitable, challenging and enjoyable game for everyone results.) Use the links below to find out more about futsal.
BBC guide to small-sided football
England futsal team official site
England Futsal – leading independent website
National Super League tables – Men
National Ladies Super League tables

Psychological: Planned and measured interventions
Engraining and conditioning the four key football behaviour sets:
– Confidence
– Focus
– Self control
– Determination

Theory: Classroom based learning
Providing knowledge and understanding of the game that:
– Enthuses
– Motivates
– Increases self-esteem

Underpinned by the same values and ethos as Club activities, the sessions involve practical activities to develop skills and techniques, together with short interesting theory lessons on various aspects of the game that vastly improve the player’s confidence. Teaching is in part tailored to the individual and delivered in small groups.

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The PDC’s approach is based on a fair measure of psychological ‘training’ as much as physical. We believe that for many players there is great untapped potential restricted by opportunity, knowledge and above all confidence. It is our aim to unlock that potential by resolving each of these issues in a holistic and structured way, which surpasses what may be regarded as similar ‘advanced’ football training activities. Players of all levels of ability will benefit from the programme, but only those who are serious about their development will gain fully. The social component of the sessions is an important part of the experience, as is having a great deal of fun, but hard work and dedication is required from all participants. Occasional homework, either ball practice or theory, is a component of our plans and is to be taken seriously.

The sessions are presented in a module-topic structure, with a module of related and sequentially ordered topics running through each school half term. Except for Christmas and Summer, during school holidays the evening sessions are replaced by Trust holiday club PDC taster days which are free to players enrolled on the programme. When a player joins the programme he/she is subject to an initial period of assessment through: controlled activities, observations of how they presently play, and relaxed psychological interviews. Progress is monitored and continually feedback to the player; and reports are provided to the parents/carers upon the completion of each module. Sessions are closed to parents/carers, except for a player’s first introductory evening, and special open evenings. To help parents/carers support the development of their child, they may occasionally be asked to participate in sessions and attend progress meetings.

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The programme is especially beneficial to those playing for Sporting 87 FC. Familiarity with the programme’s coaches and the learning environment contributes to the players comfort and thereby ability to learn. Also, Club team managers can be asked to support programme tasks and objectives that are set for players, and feedback on progress can be more easily acquired.

Programme modules have to be paid for in advance and are calculated by multiplying the number of weeks in a half term by the cost of each session. There are one-off costs for a work portfolio/binder and stationery, but these needn’t be bought immediately. Organised excursions are also not be covered by module fees.

After a tryout period an Academy playing kit is required to be worn at the sessions (it is the same as the Club’s except for the shirt, which can be bought separately).

If you’d like your son or daughter to join us, then please just send an email to let us know you’re coming, and we’ll look forward to seeing you. If in the meantime you have any questions you’d like answered, please just contact us.

If you’re a new participant, before you book please email us to check availability of places. To book a place use our online shop.

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