Roots Football School is founded on the basis of focusing primarily on the player’s overall development as a complete football player with good sporting spirit and develop a positive approach towards the game of football.
Our focus is on Individual development. We strive to better and bring about permanent change in the individual’s technical, physical, psychological and tactical behaviour. This is achieved through a variety of individual technical drills with “1 Player 1 Ball” and Small Sided Games leading to 11v11 (the big picture) as players mature. Players are divided to age based and ability equivalent groups in order for them to compete with similar level players.
Our objective is to create an atmosphere of fun, team spirit, relationship, equality (playing time, opportunity) and competitiveness where children can grow into better players.
Our coaches are committed to providing a positive environment where sportsmanship is promoted, team spirit is highly valued and hard work rewarded. Coach acts more as a facilitator to spark interest towards the game.
The training activities focus on repetition with variations. We believe that by repetition a player learns the technique quicker and it helps improve their muscle memory. A fun element is incorporated wherever possible during training, especially in the younger age groups.
Emphasis is laid on using both feet and all parts of the foot. Each technical exercise focuses on a specific skill (Ball control, dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, heading) and to to improve the player’s decision making abilities. Once we teach them how to do a certain move or technique, emphasis is on when and where? It is all about making the correct decision in a split second and that is why we use repetition because players get better at making decisions when they are familiar with the moves.
A competitive environment is necessary to improve. Often exercises are based on time or points. Sometimes players compete with each other and at times with themselves trying to beat what they have achieved in the past.
We like our teams to play open, creative, attacking football with emphasis on ball possession and opportunities for players to express themselves.
The starting age for each phase depends on the natural ability and learning of the player and that has to be addressed and not skipped to avoid under-development of individuals. Each progressive phase eventually overlaps, so it’s important to focus on all the aspects rather than over looking one for the other.