At 1st Touch Football Academy, we will focus on areas of the game that are so often accused of being the downfall of our nations footballers,
i.e. the ability to have control of the football, the confidence to demonstrate our technique on the ball and the speed required to outwit our opponents.
Using our experience of professional clubs academys, we will tailor our sessions to suit the individual as well as the group needs ,in order
to ensure every player improves and benefits from his or her experience with the 1st Touch Football Academy.
All our sessions will be age appropriate and will follow a programme of development working from individual technique to tactical
understanding of the game using the 3 R's of football :-
RECEIVING - The ability to receive the ball using various parts of the body.
Encompassing ‘safe side’ receiving, receiving to turn and receiving to cover ground quickly. We will work on the players ability to 'paint pictures' in order to know their surroundings beofre they
recieve the ball, helping them react quickly and make good decisions once they have it.
RETAINING - Once we have received the ball, can we keep the ball from our
opponents, enabling our team mates to make off the ball runs and movement? This includes individual skills required to shield the ball, change direction quickly with the ball, beating players and
dominating all the 1 v 1 battles that go on around the pitch, as well as passing to team mates simply to retain possession or 'through the lines' in order to create goalscoring
RELEASING - Having received and retained the ball, what is the right and
wrong time to release the ball? To early (before your team mate is ready), to late (is your team mate now marked or offside?) as well as the techniques required to execute the correct type of pass at
the correct time.
At 1st Touch Football Academy, we strongly believe in improving the players individual ability, his tactical knowledge and his overall
decision making. To do this we use a range of coaching techniques aimed at giving the players ownership of their own destiny and letting them learn to make decisions for
We encourage positive attacking players and want to see players express themselves and use their imagination and creative instincts to
make football the exciting game we all like to see.