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Profiling For Development


Know The Individual

In order for the coach to help the player develop, it is vital to assess correctly what the child’s current abilities, habits and potential focus areas for development are. A key principle of our work with young players that we continue to emphasise is about knowing ‘the individual’. 

Therefore it is the job of our staff to use a variety of observations and tests in a training/match environment to profile the young player and this allows the coaches to map a journey of development and allows for measurable goal-setting that will aid the young player’s motivation for development in a particular area. 

Each player is assessed formally and informally in the 5 main areas of physical, technical,tactical, psychological and social to provide a potential picture of what is needed to accelerate player development.

Regular reflection and assessments

Coaches make regular records and reflective notes of players’ performance in training and match situations in order to provide qualitative detail on the technical, tactical, social and psychological capabilities/habits of the young player. This is done in order for coaches to be able to use observations to identify strengths and target areas for development to try and overcome potential barriers that may hinder the players progression to their full potential. 

This regular analysis and reflection on the young players’ performance will give indications on what each individual may need to be focus on in training to help the young player reach the next stage of their development.

Appropriate Challenge

Bringing together young players who all show advanced potential provides a certain level of challenge straight away for each child at the session and this is great for the culture we want to create at the Wrightchoice Sports Football Academy. Players who are invited to the centre will usually show a higher level of competence in their regular grassroots football environments and the Wrightchoice Academy will provide them with another level of challenge to stretch them technically, mentally and tactically with the aim of developing their football potential further.

Communication and Feedback

We at Wrightchoice believe that it is essential to remember that when developing the young player, their parent/guardian can and often does play a major role in aiding and sometimes hindering the development of the young player. We aim to keep the communication between the player, the parent and the coach open so that the message to the player regarding his/her development is consistent and clear. If a young player has a clear developmental need we believe it is positive for the parent to have an understanding of this and they can reinforce messages given by the coach when the child is away from the training environment. This link of 3-way communication is vital when working with a child as the family unit can be so important in the process of player development.

Role of professional club Academy

The Wrightchoice Sports Football Academy will be organising regular showcase matches with professional club Academies i.e. Reading Football Club. The idea of this is to give the Wrightchoice Academy players an opportunity to sample the pro-club Academy environment and also gives them a chance to come against fellow players of advanced ability for their age. Playing in these matches is also a great reward for the young players who have shown commitment to their football learning by attending the Wrightchoice Academy and taking ownership for their own development. 

Players who excel in these games naturally may be offered the opportunity to get involved in Reading Football Clubs Academy programme in some form or another and this process would be overseen and supported by the Wrightchoice Football Academy.

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