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We are delighted to offer additional academy sessions during the Summer break. Our additional academy session will be open to all outfield players and goalkeepers in our academy programs and players who are not in our academy.

The additional sessions will be every Tuesday from July 5th to August 23rd. These training sessions are put in place as an extra development session for players that want to improve their performance tools and stay ahead of the game during the off-season.

The sessions will be designed around our academy methodology which is the ‘Smart Football’ methodology. In this methodology every action has a thought and we try to develop players cognitive & decision-making ability, their technical ability and tactical understanding.

The additional sessions will take place in our North-side venue in Parnell’s multi sports complex, Coolock, from 09:30am – 1:00pm. The players will have a double session. Session 1 will be from 09:30am – 11:00am. From 11:00-11:30 the player will get time to re-fuel before session 2. Session 2 will be from 11:30pm – 1:00pm. Players will have a topic that will be worked on in the both sessions. In the morning session the focus will be to develop Technical/Cognitive, Physical-Dynamic/Reactive and individual/small group Tactical play, and in session 2 the topic will be progressed into bigger game situations.

A sample layout of a Tuesday session is as follows:

Session 1: 09:30 – 11:00am

Movement to receive

  • Understanding how to create space as an individual
  • Creation of passing channels
  • Movement related to the team mates, opponent, ball, time and space

11:00-11:30 – Break

Session 2: 11:30 – 1:00pm

1v1 games & skills

  • Get space as an individual to create 1v1’s
  • Understand when exploit the 1v1 situations
  • Use tricks or skills to bring defender one way and accelerate into the opposite direction
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