Two SK Football Coaching groups traveled to the City Football Academy on Friday night for a coaching session delivered by the youth development coaches at Manchester City Football Club.
Completed in 2014, the City Football Academy was built to rival some of world football’s biggest and best academies, with its whopping 17 pitches also offering first-class facilities for the local community.
But it was in the academy’s ‘Performance Centre’ – a huge indoor football arena – where SKFC’s U5s and U6s groups were put through their paces and showcased their talents in front of the impressed onlooking coaches.
With an emphasis on ‘mastering the ball’, the sessions predominately focused around players getting comfortable with having the ball at their feet and developing their skills from there.
“Ball mastery is the single most important skill for young footballers to perfect”, explains SK coach, Peter Shaw.
“It’s crucial junior players develop a love and understanding for having a football at their feet.”
Friday’s session was the first time the recently formed U5s have joined up and trained together – not a bad place to have your first run out!
Speaking after the session, new U5s head coach, Ross Turpin, was visibly pleased with the new group:
“It was brilliant to see how the young footballers settled into this sort of environment.
“The low-intensity sessions allowed me to get a good understanding of where the group is and what might need to be improved upon.
“We’re up and running now and I cannot wait to get going fully.”
SKFC’s already full to capacity U5 training sessions will begin on Friday the 1st of March.
But before it was time to head home, a great night’s training was capped off with a certificate ceremony in front of all the proud parents watching on from the viewing platform. Great work boys and girls!