Street football: a natural evolution
Many of the greatest players tell of a childhood playing street football. That’s because the street game helps to develop instinct and awareness. In street football, players quickly learn to visualise; to adapt naturally to changes in game context. Our proven training method (called Practice Play)builds on this concept. It extracts the basic processes of street football and formalises them, turning the crude – but effective – practice environment of the street into an exceptionally powerful and immersive coaching methodology.
Natural practice makes natural players
Exposure to realistic game situations is vital to a young player’s football education. But too much emphasis can be at the expense of skill development. Practice Play strikes the perfect balance between the two, with a carefully worked-out combination of realism and formal process that helps players to grow a powerful ‘team consciousness’ while developing high levels of skill and individualism.
Systematic and simple
Although there is much more to the Practice Play methodology than can be covered here, it is fundamentally simple. Essentially, the methodology breaks the coaching process into three areas:
- Small group work in which groups of players intermingle and develop skills.
- Small area work, in which opposition is introduced.
- Game work, which incorporates full game situations.
We also make use of a wide range of tools such as practice time, voice, guided discovery, Q/A coaching, command style coaching, and coaching position and vision. If you would like our full information leaflet (PDF) on Practice Play, please sign up for our news service and one will be emailed to you.
Unlike 'traditional' courses, we don't focus on repetitive drills (though they have a place), but instead use 'layered', progressive techniques which focus on context. The result is training that is not just immensely effective, but great fun, too.
But that doesn't mean our courses aren't serious. They are.
We're dedicated to making you the best player you can possibly be, and we do it through practical, realistic demonstration and exercises which make considerable use of the game situation.
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