Pre Academy

The Pre-Academy is a selection only programme for the U6-U8 players that have shown natural ability and have the potential to be signed by professional clubs and/or be a part of FITC Academy when they turn U9’s.

U9’s is the first year that a player can be signed by any professional club, so we have set up this pre-academy programme to help get the players prepared in all aspects of academy football. This will assist them in their preparation, both mentally, physically and technically for when they make the step up to academy football at U9’s.

The Pre-Academy is a selection only programme for the U6-U8 players that have shown natural ability and have the potential to be signed by professional clubs and/or be a part of FITC Academy when they turn U9’s.

U9’s is the first year that a player can be signed by any professional club, so we have set up this pre-academy programme to help get the players prepared in all aspects of academy football. This will assist them in their preparation, both mentally, physically and technically for when they make the step up to academy football at U9’s.

We appreciate that these age groups are still unbelievably young, so we remove any pressures from the sessions and make sure the emphasis is on learning in a fun environment. Once a player is brought into the pre-academy, they are guaranteed to stay until the end of the programme (U9). We will not release any players (unless bad behaviour).

The sessions we run will be very much technical based. The emphasis of the sessions will be improving each player individually. Every player will be having hundreds of touches every session.

Session Layout

0-20mins: Warm up – This is a ‘ball each’ section with the players taking plenty of touches for a solid 20 minutes, practicing skills, turns and all types of ball manipulation. We also pay attention to dynamic stretches.

20-40mins: Pass, Move and Receive section – this section must involve a pass and move drill, that focuses on passing, spatial awareness and receiving. This will be coached in fine detail and run at a high intensity.

40-65mins: Technical Session – This is the main part of the session and must involve lots of technical information. The sessions must be high tempo and high intensity with minimal queues and lots of individual player involvement.

60-90mins: Match Play – Match play will be structured and coached with the emphasis on what the players have been working on in that session.

Players who strongly impress will be sent out to trials at professional clubs. Some players will also be invited to attend the academy base in Braintree to train. Some players may also be asked to play for the age above or below in both pre academy and academy teams.

We also have regular fixtures against professional academies plus plenty of in house matches against older local teams.

At this age, the more match practice they get the better, so if anyone reading this would like a friendly, please contact us

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