March 10, 2023 By Cyrille Ndongo-Keller Off

Newsletter T1/W7

We continued to measure the Academy players’ ability to make intelligent decisions on the pitch this week. There is no doubt an intelligent footballer has the unique advantage of reading the game, to use their energy wisely while maximising performance. Developing spatial awareness, enabling a player to see space across the entire pitch and utilise it to their advantage is a gradual and methodic process. Intelligent players have to be aware of the immediate space around them in relation to the ball, their team mates and the opposition players. This allows them to create space therefore giving them more options to be important in the game.  Watching football games is also a powerful way to develop a player’s game intelligence and decision making. Within the Pre-Academy environment, the priority and focus are on the development of motor skills and first touch with a progressive integration of agility and coordination activities. Overall another fun week on the training ground for players and coaches.  

See you on the field.


Social Return on Investment model developed UEFA, the European football body, aims to demonstrate that an investment in grassroots football can generate positive societal impacts

It’s often said that football is more than a sport – it’s the world’s game. An estimated four billion people – half of the world’s population – would consider themselves fans of football, while 270 million people play the sport globally.

All of that engagement inevitably leads to economic and social impact, well beyond the professional game. Grassroots football can help stimulate inclusion and integration. It can lead to improved health and wellbeing for those playing. But up until now, putting reliable figures on these positive social and economic impacts has proven complex.