Summer officially kicks off with Powder Byrne at May Half Term in more ways than one as Elba plays host to one of this year’s most hotly anticipated footballing events, The PB Football Academy. Entering it’s 5th season this 5 day course slots nicely into the limbo period between the end of the season and the start of the World Cup to allow any struggling fanatics to get their football fix and actually get some wear out of the England shirt that will inevitably have to be purchased before Rio.
Developed by former Chelsea and England star Graeme Le Saux alongside FA-qualified premier coach Scott Rimmer. Open to rising talents from 5-13 the Academy sets out to improve key skills and introduce new tricks. Our programme run by a FA-qualified coach looks at all aspects of the beautiful game with emphasis placed on ball control, passing, dribbling, tackling and kicking skills, as well as general ball techniques.
With small groups participating the course focuses on the personal development of each player to develop confidence, awareness and sportsmanship with the view to creating well rounded players. Group video analysis will help the boys and girls identify how they can improve further with individual programmes designed to help each player improve.
It is a day of two halves with 1.5 hours worth of lessons in the morning and another 1.5 hours in the afternoon, meaning that over the course of a week more football will be played than during your average school term. Morning sessions tend to focus on individual technique whereas the afternoons consist of team exercises and mini tournaments. Each day has a specific theme and a technique which is focused on as can be seen in more detail on the slider below. The week culminates with a tournament on the Friday which will be a slightly more competitive day where the budding players can put into practice everything they learnt that week. Win, lose or draw it will be a fantastic experience for all involved.