U5-U8 Academy Grassroots Training

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The U5-U8 age group will have the option of benefitting from the Academy Grassroots Training which includes technical development and games run by club coaches and senior youth Cobra players for U5-U8 players in the club.  These sessions offer a fun environment for skill development, placing an emphasis on the development of individual soccer skills combined with mobility, agility, and coordination. 


We place an enormous emphasis on teaching and inspiring our youngest players, and this program exposes them to some of our most talented and experienced coaches.  Players in the Grassroots program will also be continually scouted for potential invitation into the Jr. Academy and in some cases full academy programs, should they show the focus, desire, and ability to move to that level.

The LTPD Stage 2: FUNdamentals.

  • Physical – Develop the ABCs of movement: agility, balance, co-ordination and speed, as well as running, jumping, twisting, kicking, throwing and catching.
  • Technical – Movement exercises/games designed to promote a feel for the ball: gaining ball control in receiving passes, dribbling, passing less than 25m, kicking the ball forward, and shooting on goal.
  • Tactical – Small children are egocentric – playing the ball is the most important objective. However, they now need to be introduced to co-operation between players. They gain understanding of the game through playing situations.
  • Mental – Basic awareness of environment to build game intelligence and decision making.

At this stage, individual player development is paramount. Coaches and teachers stimulate a learning environment where the atmosphere is "Freedom and Fun."


Academy Grassroots Training Schedule:

Wednesday evenings 5:45 PM - 6:45 PM at Millennium Field #7 

The program will run on the following dates.

  • May 30
  • June 6, 13, 20, 27   
  • July 4, 11, 18 
  • August 1​, 8, 15

Cost of the Academy Grassroots Training is $90. 

Players must be registered in one of the following Programs before registering in the Academy Grassroots Training:

  1. U5-U7 Development
  2. U8 Development