Elite Player Development Plan – Football

This is a programme we have set up at Woodlands in order for our elite sportsmen and women to achieve their potential and follow the school philosophy of pursuing excellence and seizing opportunities.

The football sessions will be led by both Mr Manners and Mr Easton, who are highly skilled and qualified football coaches currently working within a professional academy alongside their main teaching responsibilities here at Woodlands.

The programme provides aspiring young footballers, serious about their sport, the opportunity to combine regular training with their academic studies. This is a fantastic opportunity for student athletes to improve as players whilst learning more about the game.

The EPD Footballers will be supported and supervised during their academic learning, strength & conditioning programme, technical & tactical development and competitive programmes whilst inspiring the players to live by our core values of Commitment, Humility and discipline.

Pupils will have three sessions a week, one after school on a Monday and two before school on a Thursday and Friday, ensuring a healthy balance between academic achievement and athletic progress.  Each morning session the pupils will be provided with a free nutritious breakfast. Coaching sessions will look to develop players’ core skills and techniques as well as developing a game understanding.

The group will be split in to 2:

Junior (U12 & U13)

Technical development (mastering the basic core skills and techniques)

Tactical understanding (including player analysis)

Physical Development (building a body for the game)

Senior (U14 & U15)

Technical development (concentrating on position specific roles and responsibilities)

Tactical understanding (including player analysis)

Physical Development (building a body for the game)

Each player will be expected to represent the school in district, county cup and national cup fixtures whilst also being encouraged to play a higher standard of football at club level outside of school, if not already doing so. Their progress will be monitored closely and trials will be offered with professional clubs should the player show they are playing at the level required. In 2016 we had 4 players from the programme on six week Academy trials with two being successful signed to a professional football club. As of the 2017/18 season we currently have 6 academy players on the programme.

Coaches Details:

Name: Billy Manners

Role at Woodlands: 

PE Teacher and Head of EPD Football

Coaching Qualifications: 

UEFA B License

FA Youth Modules 1 & 2

Coaching History: 

Previous to his role here at Woodlands, Billy spent 2 years coaching for the Football Development department at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club. After leaving Tottenham, he spent 18 months coaching for Chelsea Football Club before becoming a qualified PE teacher. Billy is currently the u10s assistant academy coach at Southend United Football Club. He is also the U12 Basildon District Football manager.

For More Information Please Contact Mr Manners – bma@woodlandsschool.essex.sch.uk


3,595 total views, 2 views today