The football performance programme is centred on three goals:
- Each student will develop his basic technical football skills.
- Each student will gain a greater appreciation of the game, its format and philosophy while encouraging greater on-field intelligence.
- Each student will understand the wider issues of sport, enhancing his performance and longevity in the game.
Coaching is administered by the Director of Football Malcolm Fleming. It will consist of classroom, skills and fitness activities.
Each Academy runs for the entire school year. The sessions run for 1 and a half hours per week. A portion of this is during school time while the remainder spills over to after school.
Selection and discipline
All students are invited to trial for this programme and trials are held at the start of Term 1. Football Sports Performance coaching and training takes place during Terms 1, 2 and 3. Boys are expected to show high levels of commitment to both the programme and all other aspects of their schooling.
At the end of Term 3 each student in the programme will be given an individual assessment listing strengths and skill development areas during the year. Also his attitude, effort and organisation during the programme will be assessed. This is a great opportunity for your son to develop and improve his football skills and knowledge of the game. Few opportunities of this nature exist in South Island schools.