Development Squads

Bonnyrigg White Eagles Football Club will be starting a Development Squads in 2018.

The program will include the following

U6 – U8 (mixed)

Coaches include: Milan Susak and Mark D’alessandro

Please register your expression of interest for the 2018 season Development Squads by clicking HERE.

We will be announcing trials in November.
The Development Squad is a training program that will run from February to September/October for approximately 30 weeks.

The under 6 to 8 phase focuses on developing players’ love of the game whilst instilling fundamental soccer skills. Soccer is all about enjoyment for children. The experience can be summed up in the four messages of Youth Soccer – Fun, Family, Fitness and Friendship.

  • Fun – Whether recreational or competitive in nature, involvement in soccer is easy, affordable and rewarding.
  • Family – Playing soccer ties families together as schedules, vacations and family time are coordinated and regular BBQ’s.
  • Friendship – The relationships generated through playing soccer extends beyond the field.
  • Fitness – The health and fitness (physical, psychological and social) benefits of playing soccer.

The single most important goal a coach of young players can have is to instill a passion for the game. It is passion that keeps a player in the game for a lifetime. It is passion that motivates many players to do that extra bit of practice to become a top player.

Principles of BWE FC Coaching

  • Developmentally appropriate – This challenges the coach to examine the appropriateness of the activity, which should fall within the range of a player’s abilities.
  • Clear, concise and correct information – How instructions are given is crucial when dealing with children.
  • Simple to complex – Present activities in a way that allows for ongoing modifications and new challenges to meet the players’ interests and abilities.
  • Decision making – Are there opportunities for the players to make decisions? These opportunities need to be present in all activities for learning to occur.
  • Implications for the game – The activities presented in a training session, reflect the demands a player faces in the game. The coach at this level is providing the foundational movement and thinking skills to enable players to solve more complex soccer problems later on.

The U6 and U7 focuses on getting players comfortable on the ball whilst discovering how their bodies move and interact with a football at their feet. The U8 age group puts an emphasis on ball mastery to ensure that players feel comfortable with the ball as they prepare for the next phase of their development.

The under 8 squad will also focus on transitioning into U9’s Football New South Wales Skill Acquisition Program in 2019 (SAP). Delivering the same material as the Skill Acquisition Program, the program looks to develop the players’ first touch, striking the ball, running with the ball and 1 v 1 abilities and the decision making associated with these core skills. There will be opportunities for players to train with the SAP squads.

The program is training only program and players must play for SDSFA club in the season. Ideally they will train twice a week with BWEFC and once a week with their club as well as their club game.

Please note:

One of the conditions for selection in a Development Squad is any player selected must register for the same Macarthur Football Association (MFA), Bankstown District Amateur Football Association (BDAFA) and our local Southern Districts Soccer Football Association (SDSFA) Club in 2018 as they are registered in 2017. If a player is not willing to meet this requirement, that player should not try out for the Development Squad. Any player, who is selected in a Development Squad and in the 2018 season is found to have registered for a different Club to their 2017 Club, will be removed from the Development Squad and replaced by a player who meets this requirement.