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Pre-Academy Centre - Week 6 & 7 Review

November 19, 2018


Pre-Academy Centre Review

Week Commencing: W/C 5th & 12th November 2018

Learning Block: Ball Mastery & Intelligent Defending

Session Focus: Technical Carousel Competition & 'How can I use my body to stop an attacker?'


It's been an eventful last two weeks of our Pre-Academy Centre at Bracknell Town & Berks County as we finished Ball Mastery with a Technical Carousel session & started Intelligent Defending with 'How can I use my body to stop an attacker?'.


WHAT: Our Technical Carousel week focused on different technical areas of development as players were introduced to a game/practice focusing on a specific technical detail - 1v1s, Shooting, Passing, Receiving & Ball Control.


Our Intelligent Defending session was structured around 1v1 Defending & using your body effectively to stop an attacker.


HOW: We used two ways of defending 1v1 for our groups - it's important we don't overload too much information to our Pre-Academy age groups as too many points can cause confusion & forgetting the initial important points. Therefore, without the ball our players used two trigger words: -

  • Speed - Can I tackle the danger player as quickly as possible to stop them dribbling?

  • Strength - Can I be really strong to win the ball from the attacker?


WHY: 1v1 Defending instills the correct foundations in our Pre-Academy players - we want our players to be in the mindset of 'that's my ball' & 'I'm not letting him have my ball', so having speed & strength allows our players to press the attacker with the ball, and being brave in order to win back the ball for his/her team.


Well done to our Players of the Week below who stood out within their groups.


This week, we have a session focused on the press with 'How quickly can I press an attacker to stop them from scoring?'


If your son/daughter is interested in experiencing our Academy Centre, we offer a free two-week trial for all new players. To receive a Welcome Pack, please email info@e-p-c.co.uk.




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