Joondalup United’s NPL Development teams are well prepared for the 2018 season.
The teams are the strongest we have had yet in terms of player retention with very strong additions as well, which will give the Development teams the best start in 2018.
The massive success of the trials has enabled the club to compete with and attract the very best around in terms of coaching staff and players – build a culture of excellence and you will attract
excellence to your culture.
Every player that has been offered positions in the Development squads current or new as we have added more teams due to the quality level have accepted a spot for 2018 which allows us to commence training straight away with the squads and prepare for the season ahead.
We will be working closely again this season with our partners Celtic Football Club on the training plans and development programs available to enhance the kids in these age groups, with our coaches accessing training content from Celtic’s Elite Academy to assist with their Development.
The Junior coaches will be focused on the long-term development whilst preparing the players to be problem solvers with a holistic approach to deal with and prevent problems in the future.
The Juniors train with the ball at all times to maximise the training time they have available to them to improve control and technique which is vital in the modern game.
This will allow the players to develop all their skills during the skill acquisition phase of football (9 to 12 years) which is the crucial age of learning due to the fine motor skills that develop really fast in this age; it makes sense to utilise this period with a technical foundation as they are physically and mentally ready for a more structured approach to training.
Over the next few years we will be seeing some very talented kids coming through the club from the NPL Development, with some of the best kids around in their age bracket.
The 8s to 12s are very strong so the future of our pathway from NPL Development to NPL Juniors then onto NPL Seniors is very bright indeed.
This will keep the club in a strong position within the football community for the years ahead.