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The Football Academy. A partnership between Dover Athletic FC and The Abbey School . Mission Statement.

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    1. The Football Academy A partnership between Dover Athletic FC and The Abbey School

    2. 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’

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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.

    8. 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

    9. 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.

    10. 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

    11. 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

    12. 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

    13. 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

    14. 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

    15. 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

    16. 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