Seaforth FC is hugely focused on the on-going development of our youth players and in 2021 we’re looking to extend that focus. In 2019 we launched our skills development program, including a regular weekly skills program for kids of all ages and abilities, and started planning our broader Academy offering (see below). In 2020 we ran a pilot for our Academy and partnered with Sydney FC to deliver a skills development program. And of course we’ve had free Goalkeeper training for many years.
In 2021 our Academy is being expanded and we’re continuing the delivery of our Skills Development Program with Sydney FC.
The Seaforth Academy Program is focused on harnessing and developing our best and most passionate youth players and to increase their chances of division one competitive success. We believe this program will also help to encourage longer-term retention of both our talented players and coaches with the club.
We piloted our Academy concept in 2020 with our mixed/boys and our girls under twelve division one teams and we were delighted with their growth and performance across last season. Ideally, we would love to quickly broaden the Academy program to cover all our division one youth teams but as a volunteer club we have to ensure we are able to build out a program that over time is both sustainable and aligned with our core community values.
On this basis our growth strategy is to increase the number of Academy teams across several seasons so that we are able to phase in a sustainable pathway for all our youth division one teams to operate successfully under the same comprehensive program.
Any player in these age groups may trial for these Academy division one teams. Whilst the Club will continue to invest in the program framework any child selected for an Academy team will be asked for a voluntary contribution of $250 for the season (on top of player registration) to help us cover our coaching costs.
If you have any questions about our Academy teams, please contact email@example.com.
We’re continuing our partnership with Sydney FC to provide players of all ability the opportunity to gain additional training on a weekly basis in a fun and engaging learning environment.
The sessions aim to improve the four core skills of a child’s development (first touch, striking the ball, running with the ball and 1v1 situations) with a focus on applying these in game situations.
Our current plans are to run our SDP in school terms 2 and 3 on Tuesday afternoons.
Each child will be put into a group with other children of the same/similar age. You can also request your child be put into a group with their friends of similar age when registering online.
On the first day, the coaches will assess the skill level of the group to ensure the children are in the appropriate group and changes can be made at that point depending on individual ability.
We try to ensure that each group includes up to 12 children for the younger age groups and up to 16 children for the older age groups. This will provide the best development opportunity for all participants.
Each registration includes one hour of training each week over the term period.
A Sydney FC kit can be purchased separately if your child does not already have one from a previous clinic.