Philosophy

The Debenham Direction is our club strategic direction for our culture, values and beliefs:

Core elements:

1 Who we are:

Debenham Youth Football Club is an FA Charter Standard Club and has a proud reputation for providing a friendly atmosphere for boys and girls from the community to learn and play football in a safe and encouraging environment.

The club is aiming to develop a distinct and recognisable culture, based on clear values and beliefs. The diversity of the players from our community is to be celebrated.

We aim for all players to have pride in their club and the Debenham badge.

2 How we play:

Debenham youth teams aim to develop a ball-on-the-floor passing game in all their teams, looking to help players improve their decision making by selecting the right moments to pass the ball and progress the play. We aim to regain possession intelligently and as early and as efficiently as possible.

The older Debenham teams (Under 11 onwards) will develop increased tactical awareness, influenced by the profile of the players in each team and the requirements of the match or competition.

3 The Debenham Player:

The core attributes and characteristics of the Debenham player is supported by the FA player development model.

We hope to develop young Debenham players with the following core attributes and skills:

  • Technical aim:
    Debenham players will be developed to have the ability to create, score and prevent goals through a good understanding of passing over varying distances, receiving skills, turning skills, travelling with the ball, attacking and defending skills, finishing skills, aerial ability.
  • Tactical aim:
    As players progress through the older age groups we aim to produce Debenham players who can recognise and adapt to the state of the game, understand and apply individual, unit and team roles and responsibilities, adopt varied playing styles and formations, perform effectively against varied playing styles and formations, deal with varied environmental conditions.
  • Physical aims:
    We aim to support the natural physical development of young players, for instance in agility, balance, coordination, speed, flexibility, power, and strength.
  • Psychological aims:
    As players move through the age-groups we aim to develop resourceful and resilient young players who display confidence, creativity, concentration, communication, control, commitment.
  • Social aims:
    Through playing at Debenham we will help players develop the following social skills that are in line with our code of conduct: good behaviour, teamwork, accountability, responsibility, independence.

4 How we coach:

All Debenham training sessions are planned for and delivered using the principles as laid out in this Debenham Direction document. All Debenham training sessions for all age groups are built on the following core principles:

  • Use a positive and enthusiastic manner with players at all times
  • Children will warm up with a ball wherever possible
  • All sessions will aim for 90% ball-rolling time
  • Only 2 to 3 key learning points delivered per session
  • Only stopping sessions for 1 to 2 minutes to get session points across to maximising ball rolling time
  • Allowing periods of free-play without intervention to get sessions flowing before correcting errors
  • Deliver realistic game-related practices
  • Use games whenever possible in training
  • Develop practices that enable the players to make lots of decisions
  • Connect with the group before the session outlining the aims, objectives and learning outcomes

In addition, older age groups training sessions will:

  • Ensure all sessions should follow The FA Learning cycle (Plan-Do-Review). This is a coaching cycle that ensures players are aware before, during and after the session as to what is required

 

  • Develop tactical awareness in training sessions in relation to 9-a-side and 11-a-side football, offside, formations etc.
  • Include elements of transition in all practices and sessions where possible
  • Use varied coaching styles based on the needs of the group and the strengths of the team

 

5 How we play games:

Players will play in their age group unless there is not a team in that age bracket, in which case they can play up one year.

Coaches of non-competitive age groups (U7s to U11s) will:

  • Use a positive and enthusiastic manner with players at all times
  • Allow players to play freely, only using key phrases in matches and not using the matches to “coach”
  • Rotate players attempting to give equal playing time to players over a season
  • Play players in different positions over the course of a season to learn what is needed from different positions, and to allow coaches to identify strengths and weaknesses

Coaches of competitive age groups (U12s to U16s) will:

  • Use a positive and enthusiastic manner with players at all times
  • Allow players to play freely, only using key phrases in matches and not using the matches to “coach”
  • Play players in the strongest positions, to their strengths, and influenced by the profile of the players in each team and the requirements of the match or competition.

 

6 How the club supports the process:

All coaches playing under the Debenham Direction are fully supported by the Debenham Youth Football Club committee.