Junior Premier League

Introducing BTFC Junior Premier League Squads

Basingstoke Town Football Club are pleased to announce the continuation of “The Journey” with the Junior Premier League (JPL). The project has been running for four years, giving the opportunity for children to train with the senior club of the town. The JPL is the highest standard league for youth football outside of the Pro Academy League, with BTFC currently competing across five teams in the JPL.

The club has a clear pathway in place for any aspiring football player to develop. The coaching team employed by BTFC is the best in the local area, with the vast majority of the coaching staff being UEFA qualified, that being UEFA B license and UEFA A license – giving players of all ages in the community the best opportunity to develop further. We make training challenging to every child and this will make all the difference, add to this our number one rule, having fun, this project is ideal for any player looking to learn, improve, excel and be part of “The Journey” at BTFC from a very young age, all the way through to the first team.

By providing a pressure free and enjoyable environment for players to learn in, we will help them on their journey to reach their full potential. As a club we will instil confidence, positivity and innovation into our players. This will contribute to them becoming creative footballers who play with the correct mindset.

Growth and Squad Identification

  • Squads to be capped at 16 players only, depending on each age group.
  • The current “Saturday Soccer” club will be the first port of contact for players who wish to start their journey with Basingstoke Town FC.
  • Introduction of the new Grassroots set-up to ensure more football time for children who wish to play for the club more frequently. This Grassroots set-up offers a pathway into the JPL squads.
  • Recruitment underway for both grassroots & JPL to expand the current squads & building new squads to increase Basingstoke Town FC’s participation in youth football.

Youth Structure

  • 3-10yrs playing informally at our Saturday Soccer clubs.
  • U7s – U11s playing as part of our Grassroots set up, with U11s competing in the Peter Houseman Youth League (PHYL). Further age groups will be introduced into local leagues wherever possible. 
  • U10s – U16s plying their trade in the Junior Premier League (JPL).
  • U18’s team playing in the East Berkshire Football Alliance Division One.

Playing Philosophy

Our playing philosophy consists of four main areas:

Keep the ball with patience looking for the correct time to penetrate.

Delay, cover, support, control and restrain the opponent.

Press the opponent in an organised fashion to win back ball possession.

Try and counter attack or keep possession.

Programme Structure

The youth set up will be subdivided into 3 phases of development:

  • The Foundation Phase for ages 5-11
    (BTFC development squads 5 – 8, JPL entry phase 9 – 11)
  • The Advanced Phase for ages 12-16
  • The Academy Phase for ages 16-18
    (Full time and part time teams available)

Foundation Phase

The Foundation Phase is the starting point for all young players within the youth set up. This starts at under 7 through to under 11. The programme children will benefit from will be largely technical with a lot of decision making. We will strive to provide each player with quality support by targeting the development of the player as a whole, providing a comprehensive framework for the young footballer to progress through our youth structure at BTFC.

Foundation Phase training sessions will consist of technical exercises with occasionally un-opposed scenario’s but largely opposed practices. Small sided games will be key in the development of these children to build understanding in pressured situations.  We will ensure all players are given the time to play and develop key intellectual properties and the opportunity to link key object control and movement skills with game application. This will provide several benefits for the player including:

  1. Enhanced decision making capabilities.
  2. Enhanced game understanding.
  3. Enhanced problem solving skills.
  4. Exploration of basic skills, actions and ideas.
  5. Understanding the process of selecting and applying skills in sequence and combination.
  6. Evaluating and improving performance through intrinsic/extrinsic feedback.

Development Phase

The Advanced Development Phase is the second phase of three for our players and will strive to build on the technical, physical and decision making gains of the Foundation Phase. Tactical understanding will now be applied and socially the group will be required to be very good. The objective is to consolidate their understanding of the 9 v 9 and 11 v 11 game whilst learning to compete. There is one syllabus in place that will provide a thorough framework for age-group coaches to work from; ensuring all contact time incorporates meaningful practice, repetition and maintenance of key skills and specific fitness developments.

  • Second phase of advancement for our players.
  • Build on the technical, physical and decision making gains of the Foundation Phase.
  • Consolidate understanding of 9 v 9 and 11 v 11 game.
  • One syllabus in place with thorough framework for age-group coaches to work from.

Key Development Areas

  • Technical practices
  • Opposed environments
  • Small sided games
  • Confidence building
  • Freedom with a ball
  • Experiencing new challenges

Benefits of Small Sided Games

We believe that the smaller the area in which games take place, the more touches and involvement you will have participating as a player. Below is proven research to support our philosophy. Small sided games have been found to have:

  • 135% more passes
  • 260% more scoring attempts
  • 500% more goals scored
  • 225% more 1 v 1 Encounters
  • 280% more dribbles

[The above stats were monitored and assessed by Manchester United within their academy. These stats were compared against an 8 v 8 set]

The Scheme of Work

All age groups will work off two schemes of work throughout the season. These will be drawn from our philosophy on how we develop players and how we want them moulded for the future. The syllabus will be provided to the coaches who will work according to it to develop our players into fantastic decision makers on a football pitch.

Training Schedules

Training sessions will take place once a week starting in August and continue until the end of May. The duration of the project will increase the chances of improving every player throughout the season.

  • U7/U8’s: Wednesday: 5:30-7pm at The Camrose ground.
  • U9’s: Monday: 5:30-7pm at The Camrose ground.
  • U10’s: Tuesday & Thursday: 6-7pm at The Camrose ground.
  • U11’s: Monday: 6-8pm at The Camrose ground.
  • U13’s: Monday: 6-7pm at Queen Mary’s College / Thursday: 6-7pm at The Camrose ground.
  • U15’s: Monday: 6-7pm at Queen Mary’s College / Wednesday: 7-8pm at The Camrose ground.
  • U16’s: Monday: 7-8pm at Queen Mary’s College / Thursday: 7-8pm at The Camrose ground.
  • U18’s: Monday: 7-8pm at Queen Mary’s College / Tuesday: 8-9pm at Everest Community College / Thursday: 7-8pm at Queen Mary’s College.

Training Times/Venues

  • Under 7s: Monday – 5.45pm – 7pm – The Camrose 3G
    (Will move to Wednesday 5pm – 6pm when Monday is full)
  • Under 8s: Monday – 5.45pm – 7pm – The Camrose 3G
    (Will move to Wednesday 5pm – 6pm when Monday is full)
  • Under 9s: Tuesday – 5pm – 6pm – Everest Academy
  • Under 10s: Tuesday – 5pm – 6pm – Everest Academy
  • Under 11s: Thursday – 5pm – 6pm – The Camrose 3G
  • Under 12s: Thursday – 5pm – 6pm – The Camrose 3G
  • Under 13s: Thursday – 5pm – 6pm – The Camrose 3G
  • Under 14s: Tuesday – 5pm – 6pm – Everest Academy

What We Can Offer

  • Training on state of the art surfaces.
  • FA/UEFA qualified coaching staff. All possess a full DBS check.
  • End of season tournament on the main first team pitch.
  • Clear progression for any player wishing to develop further in our academy set up.
  • Opportunities to represent the club in a game environment.
  • Website awareness.
  • Play for Basingstoke Town and your grass roots set up. No ‘1 club policy’.
  • A safe, fun learning environment which will contribute to players reaching their full potential.
  • A training programme in place until May 2018.

In football, technique is the execution of a decision. In gymnastics, technique is the execution of a technique - Raymond Verheijen

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