These Are The Factors We Take Into Consideration
When We Are Developing Are Talented Individuals – P4
Key Factors in Developing Talented Individuals
There are certain factors that help us here at the ‘Pro-Soccer Academy’ when we are developing talented football players. The factors consist of physical, psychological and sociological attributes of a player.
An identified talented footballer will always need to be developed and coached in order to improve their game and any areas of weakness. Here at the ‘Pro-Soccer Academy’ we allocate alot of time an effort to developing all the players at are academy. However there can enaviably be obstacles that can get in the way of developing a player from reaching their pinnacle and achieving in football.
There are certain physical characteristics that help us to determine the development of a player in the future, their physical stature can help us to determine a player’s best positions and their physical attributes. For example, being tall therefore being able to win headers from either corners of goal kicks.
A tall player will be required to maximise their height, and use it to their advantage throughout a game. Using their height in order to gain aerial supremacy against the opponents we believe is important. Being able to win flick ons, out jump either defenders or attackers depending on position is useful for the team. Their body type will be ‘Ectomorphic.’ However, we will not just develop players simply for their height, we look to match their height with solid technical ability. Such as, ball control, passing, shooting, team-work and communication skills.
A talented player, who isn’t particularly tall in stature, may still develop in size as they become older. As well when they reach certain stages through age their size may well increase.
Weight (Body Mass)
Another physical factor we consider when developing a player, is their weight and their body mass. We pay closely to a player weight and try and match their weight in terms of positioning on the pitch. We believe it is very benifical to develop a talented player body mass by increasing their muscles size, itending to improve their physical strength.
Players at are academy will spend time working in the gym developing their strength which will more than likely increase their body mass and size . Alternatively if one of our scouts identify a talented footballer, but feel they are over-weight (heavy) then we may look to take the player on, yet develop and weight through gym work and training.
Physiological factors will be assessed when we are both identifying talent and developing talented players. We will concentrate on whether the player has either slow-twitch or fast-twitch fibres. Slow-twitch fibres contract more slowly than fast-twitch, but they also take longer to tire. Players such as strikers or wings will tend to have more fast-twitch fibres. Alternatively defenders or defensive midfielders may often have more slow-twitch fibres which contract more slowly.
Aerobic Endurance / Anaerobic Power
A further aspect of talent development is a player’s aerobic and anaerobic endurance capacity. This means that a player can be developed differently depending on their endurance capacity. Due to player’s being different with some being better at sprinting in short bursts, such as strikers. Whereas other player’s will run and run constantly throughout the game usually a centre midfielder.
We to develop are players aerobic or anaerobic endurance capacities by working on their fitness levels by providing facilities for fitness tests to be conducted and development to take place.
The most important and influential factor when a talent player is developing at are academy is the support and encouraged they recieve from friends, fellow players, coaches and family. All of these, particularly family support of parents is important when a player is going through the sports identification programme here at are academy.
Having someone to turn to when times are possibly difficult and challenging can be very useful for the player. Particular when a player may not be performing to their full potential, possibly due to a lack of confidence or tiredness. Having support and encouragement is essential and can really help them to regain their form.
Parental support is really encouraged and support by us at ‘Pro-Soccer’ we believe that young talented players need that support from family members. As it tends to help them to enjoy their football even more. We find that players who have this outside support, attitudes and belif will be far more positive especially when assessing their own game / training performance.
On the other hand parental pressure to achieve is something we don’t encourage as we believe that it often leads to a player getting a lack of enjoyment out of their sport. The pressure put upon them by their parents can often be too great and can distract a player focus. Their confidence and performance levels may well drop due to the stress and pressure put on them to achieve by their parents, affecting them negatively.
We understand and appreciate parents of players by providing tangible support for their child as they want their child to achieve. By providing funds for use to improve training facilities, offer transport to and from matches all to benefit and help that player to succeed.
Developing a junior performance player at our centre we don’t intend it to be at the expense of a player’s education. The goal is to produce a top-level competitor who is also well rounded and well educated. At the same time, training of talented player shouldn’t be neglected in order to fulfil education.
Young players should combine an intensive sports specific strength and conditioning training schedule with a reduced academic timetable.
Role of the Coach
At are centre we understand the importance of employing high quality coaches to work closely with the players. Coaches here are trained and experienced in developing player’s ability.
Our coaches have many skills and responsibilities which include:
- Respectful of all players
- Showing no signs of discrimination on the ground either, gender, race, colour or religion.
- Ensuring that facilities and practical environments are safe and free of any dangerous objects.
- Being supportive and encouraging towards player, yet with leadership and discipline when needed attributes.
- Listening to any player’s issues or problems.
We know that psychological factors can affect a player’s game during the match as they go through different emotions and situations during a game, therefore developing these is important for success.
In order to develop confidence, athletes must set realistic yet challenging goals, both in training and during a match. These goals should drive a player to achieve, and by accomplishing these goals gaining confidence. Confidence usually helps to make a player enjoy their game and will often increase their motivation levels. We always try and keep are player’s confidence levels high in order for them to express themselves during matches. However if our coaches notices that a player is suffering from a lack of confidence, they will look to build up their confidence.
High-level players tend to make the right decisions more often than those of lower ability. Are coaches here will try and train players so that they too will make the correct decision in a game or during training.
We have recognised and identified a number of potential obstacles that players may face when working at our academy.
The first potential obstacle that players may face is suffering injury, which may be sustained during either training or competition. Injury is an inherent risk in all sports. Injuries can affect a player’s performance as they are unable to play to their full potential due to possible pain being felt. Injuries can keep players on the sidelines all together especially more serious injuries such as bone brake or a muscle tear. Here at ‘Pro-Soccer’ we take injuries very seriously and have experienced pysio’s on hand to assess and deal with any injuries players sustain.
Another factor that can affect a player is age consideration – a player may have been extremely talented at the age of 11, yet this talent may not stand out at when they hit adulthood. This may be because a player at 11 was more physically or mentally mature compared to others or they may have received early coaching. However as they reach puberty body changes can occur that often affects a player’s attitude, desire and body size.