More About First Eleven Soccer Academy
Where Players Come First
To develop soccer programs that provide each player the opportunity to play soccer in a supportive and rewarding environment that emphasizes fun, enjoyment and skill learning at a level that fits his/her interest and ability, and to create a challenging environment for talented players who aspire to reach their full potential.
The program's vision is to develop a reputation for producing well rounded trained athletes and gain the respect of the soccer community as a true soccer program. The soccer community will recognize the standard s of excellence embodied by the academy program and expect those who graduate from the academy to be quality players with a solid soccer foundation and good citizens.
The Academy's philosophy is founded on a set of core principles that govern the policies, direction, actions, and structure of the program. These core principles are:
Develop the Person, Not Just the Athlete
A youth soccer program has a responsibility for the overall growth of its young athletes. Our philosophy embraces the holistic approach to developing the complete person. Our aim is to complement the club, home and school environments in the pursuit of developing character, values, self-confidence, independence, analytical skills, social skills, coping skills, and sports skills to prepare young athletes for life. Soccer is just the vehicle for achieving these aims and helping each athlete reach his/her potential in their chosen path in life.
Our philosophy is based on what is in the best interest of the individual athlete. This is done through individual development. Our supplemental development will help our players become better teammates. The team is there to serve the needs of the players and no athlete should be expected to sacrifice his/her potential for the sake of the team. This does not preclude the fostering of team ethos and team spirit but the team dynamics should provide the platform for developing interpersonal relationships and social skills rather than surrender individual creativity and ambition. A youth team is just one temporary step in life’s ladder, not the top of the ladder. Tomorrow, the athlete will be part of another team.
Intrinsic Motivation, Enjoyment and Natural Ability
Our philosophy is centered on the belief that athletes can only attain excellence when they are intrinsically motivated and are enjoying their experience. With children, enjoyment and commitment are interdependent and one cannot exist without the other. There are no guarantees for success and, ultimately, it depends to a large extent on the player himself/herself. We recognize that it takes a combination of hard work, strong personality traits and natural athletic ability to reach excellence. But inspiring players to become intrinsically motivated and measure themselves against high standards will be a core objective of our academy program.