The Foundation Phase

Boys & Girls Phase Leaders:

Foundation Phase Coaching Team:

Kate Ritchey
Colin Leyland
Neal Early

Boys & Girls Programs

Foundation Phase 1 - U8, U9, U10

$1,250.00 per year

Foundation Phase 2 - U11, U12

$1,950.00 per year

** Sibling discounts available upon request - contact

Foundation Phase 2022-2023

U13 & U14 (2010 & 2009 birth years): YDP

Mid- August - Nov 1st

* Training 2 x per week with site team

* 6 Combined regional training sessions

* 8-10 league games

* 1 tournament

Nov - March
April - June

U13 & U14 (2010 & 2009 birth years): YDP Regional Teams

In addition to the site teams, players can be identified into a pool for regional competition.

*7-8 play weekends (2 games per weekend)

* 2-3 Showcase/tournaments

* Details of each program subject to slight change.

Additional Programming Opportunities

1 On 1 Training

$60 /per session

Contact phase leader to book a time

Small Group Training

$15 /per session

Contact phase leader to book a time

This is the entry level phase to the program.

We focus on technical excellence in the Foundation Phase. This is achieved through the game itself -- utilizing small-sided games as the cornerstone to training. We create scenarios where players are forced to make decisions founded on their technical skillset. This way practices are fun and the learning is deeper and disguised within the game.

Overall, our coaching approach is similar to gardening -- 'we cannot force plants to grow, all we can do is provide the conditions for the growth and they will flourish’. Our soccer practices are the same way and revolve around a simple checklist of must-haves:

Does it look like the game? Is it fun? Does the session inspire players to train outside of practice?

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