Staff from UK Elites New Jersey, New York and Connecticut regions gathered at the Purnell School, NJ, to start a rigorous week of educational staff training and orientation.
Led by UK Elites Director of Professional Development Steve Jones, day one saw staff put through a mix of both field coaching sessions and an exploration of UK Elites culture; including the industry leading and ever changing Commitment to Excellence document.
After a brief introduction from the Owners and Directors of UK Elite, staff settled into a presentation about the role they play in the development of youth soccer in America. One area UK Elite pride themselves on is being able to foster a positive learning environment for soccer players aged 3-18, this is achieved through our UK Elite coaching methodology.
This methodology (https://ukelite.com/methodology/) encompasses 5 key areas to ensure long term player development from an early age; staff were taken through the roles they play in each of these areas to ensure players develop a passion and understanding for the game.
From this staff were introduced to UK Elites Director of Education, Tim Bradbury, who took coaches through a field session based around the new and improved UK Petite curriculum. UK Elite have worked tirelessly on their new approach to U6 soccer, with much more emphasis on physical literacy to improve agility, balance and coordination making sessions developmentally appropriate for your child and their development.
The day was wrapped up with a further field session, this coaching masterclass led by Tim looked at how coaches can introduce passing and the concept of a technical practice through a controlled environment that challenged and progressed children differently through one activity.
The session ended as coaches left to return to their various regions to hit the fields and deliver their own coaching sessions, armed with a plethora of new ideas. Staff will return for day 2 tomorrow, eager to continue to progress and push themselves to be the best coach they can possibly be.