Mission Statement

Soccer is a game of creativity, imagination, individual skill and teamwork. Our mission is to provide children with the experiences they need to not only develop as great players and athletes, but to also build important life skills that will aid them in reaching their potential on and off the field. We focus on promoting confidence in our players and a positive self-image that revolves around maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Training Center is about community – everyone should have access to quality soccer training.

Training Center programs are built for a crucial stage in a player’s development – with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment as well as learning and discovery. We pride ourselves on being a non-club affiliated outlet for players of all skill levels – training is the most important aspect of this stage, not results-oriented competition. The ultimate goal is to instill a true passion for the game within players that will keep them motivated for a lifetime. 

 

Youth Development Timeline

 
 
 

U6-U9 Curriculum

Technique

  • Correct form for dribbling, passing & shooting
  • Receiving, passing & shooting with instep
  • Shooting & dribbling while changing direction

Fitness

  • Hand-eye & foot-eye coordination
  • Agility, balance, & movement education
  • Warm-up activities & education on sports nutrition

psychology

  • Encourage working within pairs & participation of all players in safe & fun environment
  • Teaching sportsmanship, emotional management, and creativity
  • Developing self-esteem through activities that foster positive feedback

tactics

  • Discussion of back and forward line formations
  • 1v1 attacking & 2v2 situations
  • Playing ball with purpose & quick problem solving

U10-U12 Curriculum

Technique

  • Accurate passing, dribbling & shooting with different parts of the foot
  • Focusing on first touch & developing ability of both feet
  • Performing fakes, turns and feints while dribbling

Fitness

  • Range of motion flexibility, agility, and acceleration
  • Warm-up, cool down & stretching
  • Everything is performed with a ball

Psychology

  • Keep it enjoyable – foster desire to play & self-motivate
  • Increase in responsibility, confidence & decision-making
  • Focus on teamwork, communication, sportsmanship & emotional management

Tactics

  • Playing in a variety of positions to discover strengths
  • Principles of attack & defense
  • 1v1 defending, 2v1 and 2v2 attacking & defending
  • Man-to-man defense, combination passing, verbal & visual communication
 

Check out the blog for a breakdown of weekly training sessions:


Meet Our Coaches

Skills academy & camps

  • Played for UMASS Amherst ('08 - '11)
  • Played in ASL for W. Mass Pro Club ('14 - '15)
  • Current player in PDL for Western Mass Pioneers
  • Captain for W. Springfield High & Bridgton Academy

kid's club & skills academy

  • Played at Drew University in Madison, NJ
  • Owner & Director of Learn in Motion
  • Hosts camps, clinics, and individual training sessions for players ages 3-18
 

Goalkeeper School

  • Played for WNE University ('10 - '13)
  • Captain for WNE University ('13)
  • Goalkeeper Coach for WNE University ('16 - '17)
  • Goalkeeper Coach for Euro United FC ('15 - '17)

Ball Mastery Clinic

  • UEFA "B" Coaching License
  • Former Pro Player Oxford United, England
  • Former Pro in MASL for Oxford City, NASL, & USL
  • Head coach at FSA