Soccer is the fastest growing game in the sector. It has always been the dominant game of the Autumn Term for a minority of schools. However, its recent emergence is based on its popularity as the national sport, but causes issues for schools who have been entrenched in traditional games programmes that have historically excluded, or limited, the growth of the game.
The challenge for Soccer is to find a place within each school's programme, and to establish a culture of coaching, competition and high performance to surround it. This programme aims to support teachers in charge to do that.
In addition to an update on contemporary issues from the Independent Schools' Football Association (ISFA), leading coaches and sports scientists will consider how schools can build effective coaching environments to ensure a culture of participation, which will achieve both progress and performance. The aim will be to help school Soccer leaders build a programme which is robust, credible and reflects contemporary practice from science and the elite game.
Technical coaching sessions will demonstrate how schools can adopt leading strategies and tactics to pursue competitive success. These will feature video illustration of how the country's top youth teams approach their preparation and match play.
9.30am Conference assembles. Bacon rolls and coffee
10.00am ISFA Updates with Mark Dickson, Chief Executive, ISFA
Concerns regarding elite school players, the ISFA competition programme and the future of the game in independent schools.
10.30am Integrated Coaching Practice with Dan Micciche
Establishing a school-wide practical programme to maximise player engagement and development, illustrated by video.
11.15am Coffee Break
11.30am Developing a Winning Team with Dan Micciche
Practical lessons from elite Soccer to improve technical performance in schools. Illustrated by video.
1.15pm The Future of Soccer in Independent Schools with Neil Rollings
The challenges of integrating the game within school sports programmes.
1.45pm The Power of Culture and Environment with Tony Strudwick
Establishing the best conditions to ensure development and success for young players.
2.30pm Player Development with Tony Strudwick
Using contemporary research to create practical programmes to build player effectiveness.