Nike Football Camps with Chelsea FC Foundation
The coaching curriculum is designed and delivered by Chelsea FC Foundation. Four key factors of development; technical, physical, psychological and social, provide the structure to the programme. Players are challenged to improve their individual skills and techniques. Coaching is tailored to the level of the individual and skills development is achieved through demonstration, practice and feedback.
Focusing on the fundamentals of football, players train to increase their ball manipulation skills and progress into 1 v 1 situations. Players are coached to play with a certain style, focusing on attacking with flair and freedom to express themselves. Building into 2 v 2 and 4 v 4 games, players are encouraged to practise their new skills against opposition, demonstrating where and when to apply the appropriate techniques. We finish with practice games of 8 v 8 , 9 v 9 or 11 v 11 (depending on age) and the focus will shift towards game understanding and a winning mentality.
The technical element will focus on:
Travelling with the ball
Passing over varying distances
Attacking and defending skills
The physical demands of the modern game at professional level are now extremely high. The demands on a young person on our camps, training and playing between 3 and 6 hours a day, are also very high. We will screen players’ fitness levels and provide guidance on how to improve them. A fitter player can practice better for longer, which will ultimately lead to a more accelerated learning curve. Recovery is also a key aspect of a training programme and we build in periods of time for players to relax and unwind, speeding up recovery so that they can be ready for the next session.
The physical element will focus on:
Agility, balance, coordination
Nutrition and lifestyle
Having the confidence to apply new skills and techniques in football is a critical part of player development. Our coaches create an environment built on trust and respect allowing youngsters to fail but develop the courage to try again and again until they succeed. We believe that building good relationships allows young people to flourish in any environment (football, classroom and campus) and all our staff work hard to achieve this. Whether your child is fluent in English or a complete beginner, our coaching team are trained to communicate with them through the language of football to help them relax, learn and most of all enjoy their football.
The psychological element will focus on:
Joining a camp in another country with lots of other like-minded young people is naturally a great environment to increase social interaction. All staff are carefully selected and trained to understand their position as role models for young people. They set the standards for behaviour. We try to challenge and inspire our players to better themselves through self-reflection as part of the feedback process on our camps. Our coaches, teachers and welfare staff work hard to encourage and highlight teamwork throughout all sessions on camp. From our years of experience, we know that the friends they meet on our camps become friends for life.
The social element will focus on: