The Purpose of the U8 Pre Academy is to teach the game of soccer the way it should be in these “Golden Years” of learning and in turn helping players to develop good habits on the field of play that will be with them throughout their soccer lives.
This training needs to be both fun, yet informative and help foster the love of the game which in turn will keep them playing and developing as both people and soccer players.
The game is divided into two areas - technical and tactical. Between the ages of 6-11 we tend to focus just on the technical side of the game, with a small slant on tactics as the players start to become proficient in this area. Tactics will then follow as they garner a better understanding of the game and the way it works.
There are no standings within this age bracket and no emphasis on winning thus removing untold pressure from the players and allowing them to express themselves and learn from their mistakes.
At this age professional training with qualified coaches plays a big part in their development along with training with like minded players will increase their chances of success as they mature.
The expectation is that they will attend the two mandated 1.5 hour training sessions per week and play every other weekend so burnout does not enter into the equation. The season would normally span roughly 4 months starting in November-February with a break in December for the Holiday season.
This program is vital for those that want to be a part of the U9 - U10 Academy which is the gateway for Club soccer at age 11.
The cost for this program is only $325.00, plus monthly training fees. The registration fee will include a full uniform kit (home & away uniforms plus training uniforms), insurance and games. This fee can be paid in two installments to help defray initial outlay, but will incur a 10% handling charge. The mandatory club volunteer fee is waived for this program.
For further information please speak with Gerald Morin (Academy Director).