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My son is joining a football academy...

Discussion in 'General Football' started by LemonadeMoney, 15 Aug 2018.

  1. LemonadeMoney

    LemonadeMoney Paul Robinson

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    As the title suggests, my son is about to start his first season in a football academy, and I would be grateful for any advice from anyone who has been in one, or anyone whose son has been in one. Do's and don'ts etc, what the coaching staff want to see, what I should be looking out for to ensure it's right for him.
     
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  2. NoLimits01

    NoLimits01 Clive Wilson

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    Can't offer any advise, but congratulations, I bet your both well made up :D
     
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  3. Baleforce

    Baleforce Fanny Walden

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    also this

    (if it were one of my kids I'd just want them to enjoy it)
     
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  4. Aldo

    Aldo Goran Bunjevcevic

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    Run around a bit.

    Congrats to him - which club is it?
     
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  5. billyiddo

    billyiddo David Ginola Staff Member

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    Buy a drone to film his training sessions, make him wear a smart watch to record his physical data and then sit him down for several hours every evening to pour of the data and to rewatch his efforts during the day - pointing out everything he is doing wrong.
     
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  6. LemonadeMoney

    LemonadeMoney Paul Robinson

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    I've been doing that since he was two years old.
     
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  7. Bedfordspurs

    Bedfordspurs Terry Dyson

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    I’d ask @parklane1 mate as he is an ex coach (may still be coaching)
     
  8. Seedy Ron

    Seedy Ron Edgar Davids

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    It's not arsenal is it?
     
  9. Gazza

    Gazza Jermaine Jenas

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    I got scouted by them when i was younger... still can't wipe away the shame of actually wanting to get scouted ...
     
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  10. StephenH

    StephenH Chris Jones

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    Most important thing is he enjoys it!
    My two grandsons love it and that is the most important thing!
     
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  11. Rorschach

    Rorschach Garth Crooks

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    Wrong. The most important thing is he makes loads of money. Make sure you are his agent and cut yourself for a ridiculously generous slice of the pie.
     
  12. Bullet

    Bullet Cecil Poynton

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    THIS!

    He will cut you dead once he's made it.

    Make sure you push him into a club where he'll never get game time, and bleed him dry. At least get a house out of it.





    In all seriousness, the most important thing he can do is get a massively large haircut, preferably platinum blonde.

    We've all seen youth matches where you're trying to pick out noticeable players... there's that massive lanky lad, there's that quick lad on the left, there's that tank in the middle, and there's Mr Bushybouncyhair charging around, look at him go!

    You cannot argue with this advice - he must stand out by using hair.

    Abel Xavier says hi.

    David Luiz.

    That kid at the Gooners - do you really think he was a better footballer than his mate, Mr Shortbackandsidesboringbrownhair?

    Nope, he just stood out more and everyone said "Wow, did you see BouncyFrizzo in midfield? Crazy good performance, he was everywhere
     
  13. K.D.D.D.D.Soc

    K.D.D.D.D.Soc Terry Venables

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    Enjoy the moment.
     
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  14. parklane1

    parklane1 Gary Stevens

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    Try not to be one of those parents who stand on the side shouting out to him ( you would be surprised how many do that and it does NOT help. Your son will probably be nervous so just tell him that is normal but he must have ability to be asked to attend in the first place, tell him to play his normal game ( after all that is what got him noticed in the first place).

    During sessions tell him to do what the coaches ask him too ( they will not ask him to do things he can not). I once had a kid who had bags of ability but questioned why he had to do things he had already done elsewhere and that he could already do it so could not see any reason he should have to do it for us. ( he never went very far in the game).

    Most of all tell him to enjoy it but keep working hard, all the coaches are there to help him and to see him progress. Good luck to him.
     
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    Rorschach Garth Crooks

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    This, and the money thing ;)
     
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    parklane1 Gary Stevens

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    What money, i did it for the love of the game.:)
     
  17. LemonadeMoney

    LemonadeMoney Paul Robinson

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    Many thanks.
     
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    Rorschach Garth Crooks

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    Just kidding.

    That is all good advice, especially the part about listening to your coach (even if he is wrong). Going against the coach only ends up one way.
     
  19. parklane1

    parklane1 Gary Stevens

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    During my years i have had a couple of parents question what we were trying to achieve and how we went about it, the kids are all different and it depends on how bulled up they are by their parents and their peers at school. But at the end of the day IF these kids listen, IF they work hard, IF the parents back off pushing them, then they have a great life in front of them.
     
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  20. parklane1

    parklane1 Gary Stevens

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    No problems mate i am happy to help.
     

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