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The Football Academy. A partnership between Dover Athletic FC and The Abbey School . Mission Statement.
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The Football Academy A partnership between Dover Athletic FC and The Abbey School
Mission Statement • ‘To provide elite football coaching of a professional standard to young players with ambition of progressing in the game with Dover Athletic, or other senior clubs, along with a structured academic / vocational educational programme that meets their learning needs’
What is a Football Academy? • A programme of study accompanied with professional football development and coaching • Aimed at Year 12/ 13/ 14 • Structured games programme in Football Conference Youth League • Football coaching to a high standard • A choice of academic and vocational subjects
Main Aims of the Academy • To improve young players’ technical ability • To improve young players’ tactical awareness • To improve young players’ physical fitness specific to the sport • To improve young players’ mental approach to their performance • To promote an environment where football becomes the catalyst for successful academic learning • To promote self discipline and good sportsmanship and standards
Main Objectives • Devise a technical / tactical syllabus and deliver it • Develop individual personal fitness / training plans for each player • Develop individual psychological profiles and develop techniques to improve mental approach to performance • Provide 1 to 1 player reviews regularly with coach using specific log books designed by the Academy • Provide competitive opportunities – school / club link • Provide a tailored education provision that meets the academic needs of the individual • Provide the educational support and guidance required to achieve on academic courses • Provide FA & 1st 4 sport coaching football qualifications at levels 1 and 2
What can the players / students do? • A variety of different courses that fit with their football training program • 12 / 15 lessons per week study time • Football coaching • Minimum 6 hours coaching and development, plus 1 game (Wednesday afternoons), representing Dover Athletic in the Football Conference Youth league. Coaching Provided by UEFA ‘A’ Licence coaches, including Andy Hessenthaler, the Manager of the Club • FA Level 2 coaching football (year 2) 90 GLH • Recognised as an international qualification • The Abbey School to become an accredited centre for the delivery of FA qualifications
Application Procedures • Open to any elite footballers from Year 11 or 12 in Kent in year 1. • Stringent entry requirements on ability and character • Students to apply using the Abbey School 6th form application forms • Entry will be accepted upon successful trial, subsequent interview and references.
Trial Dates • Important Date!!!! The initial Academy Trials will be held at The Abbey school on the 05th May (Tuesday), and 06th May (Wednesday) starting at 5.30pm. • If successful, final trials will be held the following Tuesday 12th May. • To book your place on the trial, application forms need to be completed and returned to the Head Teacher, Mrs Catrin Woodend. • Contact will be made by phone or letter confirming your place on the trial. • Alternative trial dates will be arranged if the need arises
After the trials • Players will be contacted by letter to either: • Invite them to attend a formal interview at the school, each player will be given a time slot. • Or thank them for their attendance to the trials. It will be impossible to give every interested player a place as you can appreciate • After the interview, students will be written to again offering them a place in the Academy, or placing them on a waiting list.
Sixth Form Proposed Blocking 2009-2010 Academic choices * Double option Level 3 students – 5 GCSE’s grade C or above. Any three subjects from DIFFERENT option blocks. Subjects with (D) indicate double award Level 2 students – less than 5 grade Cs Any two options from DIFFERENT OTION BLOCKS. Please note, the OPTION E block has been kept for the Academy, no subjects are available from this block
Weekly programme • The Academy training sessions have been ‘blocked out’ to ensure that the School could offer the best choice of courses available. • At least two sessions per week will be together as a group, and one split, enabling smaller functional group work, and conditioning • All students will be available on Wednesdays to be available for the Games program • Andy Hessenthaler and Darren Hare to manage the delivery of coaching sessions
Games Programme • Competitive fixture program of around 20-24 games per season, with a 16 player squad • Selection will be based on a rota system • Students will have the opportunity for a game on a Sunday for Dover Athletic, if they do not play for the Academy on a Wednesday • Students may also sign for their current / existing club to play on Sundays if they so wish. • Games will be played at Dover Athletic FC Perry’s Stadium
Kit • A Training kit pack will consist of the following; • Shorts / socks x2 • Training shirt x2 • Sweatshirt x1 • Rain Jacket x1 • ¾ length bottoms x2 • Match Polo shirt and tracksuit x1 • All kit will be individually numbered according to your Academy squad number, and be branded with DAFC and School logo • Kit Packs will cost £150.00 through the school, payment plans available • Boots. There will be discounted boot purchases through a top boot retailer. More details to follow
Academy Discipline expectations • Excellent punctuality to all training sessions and Lessons • Appropriate school dress for non Football related academic lessons • Excellent attitude and application both on and off the field • Both the school and the Club will demand that you maintain high standards when representing the Academy in fixtures in terms of your discipline. Any fines accrued for bookings / dismissals etc will be the responsibility of the player. In addition, failure to meet academic targets, and poor discipline issues could result in you forfeiting a training session or match
Progression routes • Higher Education (HE), University, Colleges • Playing Contracts, either with Dover Athletic FC or other clubs in the county • Employment in the leisure industry • Employment in the growing football coaching industry either here or abroad • Access to HE in the United States via their collegiate soccer scholarship program, trials will be available for Academy players after two years
What can you expect from the Academy? • From the school………. • Excellent pastoral care and advice • Fantastic achievement in the 6th Form • Thriving BTEC National Certificate in sport program, with 100% achievement last year, with five students progressing to sports science degrees • Excellent Careers and Guidance program • From the club…………… • Excellent Football education, games program • Kent’s emerging Football club just winning promotion to the Conference league, providing a fantastic level of football to aspire to • A very professional football club infrastructure with a fabulous fan base • A pro-active Management team who want to promote from within