ONSLOW JUNIOR FOOTBALL CLUB
WELLINGTON FOOTBALL ACADEMY
Providing football (soccer) development programs for players and coaches of all levels - recreational and advanced.
“Today is a result of what happened yesterday. Tomorrow is a result of what happened today.”
"The essence of great coaching is to choose age appropriate exercises and create a syllabus that teaches your players game intelligence. Only those countries that emphasize intelligence and decision-making in their players will progress. Programs that continue to see soccer as an athletic contest where the team that runs fastest and longest will win are destined to languish in mediocrity". - Horst Wein
Things that happen before a player can execute a skill:
PERCEPTION (perceive/scan your surroundings for clues)
CONCEPTION (options or possibilities available to them)
DECISION (decide which option/solution to take)
DECEPTION (disguise your intentions or deceive your opponent)
EXECUTION (technical execution of the option selected)
ASSESSMENT (evaluate your choice and the execution)
Stages 1-4 must happen before a player receives the ball. Is there COGNITION? (Decision making?)
HOW DO WE TRAIN SOCCER INTELLIGENCE?
By systematically training the players with our WFA / Onslow Academy training model. For example
creating situations in training where players MUST look around before they receive the ball, and so setting “conditions of training” to ensure this happens.
Simply put it goes like this and in this order:
1. Observe where the ball is coming from
2. Observe how it is coming? In the air, on the ground, and position your body accordingly
3. Know where “teammates” are before receiving the ball
4. Know where “opponents” are before receiving the ball
5. Know where the “space” is to play to before receiving the ball
6. Decide what to do with the ball before the ball arrives (1-touch pass, 2-touch, dribble, run with it, etc)
7. Observe “where” the ball is to be moved to (where is the free space for example)
8. Decide “when” the ball has to be moved (quickly due to pressure or keep it because you have time)
9. Decide how the ball needs to be moved (1-touch pass, 2-touch, dribble, run with it, etc)
10. Decide why that is the best option (compare all options with the team's tactical objectives in mind and pick the best one).
All this must be processed in the players' mind BEFORE they get the ball.
All this creates time and space for the player - even “one second” in TIME; and “one yard” in SPACE; created by this can be all the difference in the world to keeping the ball or losing it. The game is getting faster by using fewer touches on the ball, which creates the need for quicker thinking, quicker moving and better decision making players.
Principles of Play
System of Play
PLAY & TRAIN ABROAD
Immersion Programs & Talent Identification Programs
G11 Thatchers have confirmed their visit to Boca Juniors Academy and entry in BA CUP, Buenos Aires, Argentina
July 15-27, 2020
Yearly Development Programmes 2019-2020
January Summer Development Camp 2020 - completed
Term 1 Summer Programme 2020 - completed
April Development Camp 2020 - TBC
Academy Programme - Tuesdays - TBC
July Development Camp - TBC
October Development Camp - TBC
FC Barcelona Camp TBA in 2020
2v2 Friday League - starts 25 October
Overseas Development Programmes (Argentina 2016, Spain/Italy 2018, Argentina 2020)
FREE Coaching Clinics for Coaches (May to August)
SPRING & SUMMER PROGRAMS 2019
April Holiday Program 2020
Week 2: April 20-24 (Streamed & Non-Streamed)
July Holiday Program 2020
Week 1: July 6-10 (Streamed A/B+Invites).
Week 2: July 13-17 (C + Non streamed)
Photo Gallery from current & previous programs
Players who have come through our 2-Club programme and gone on to Federation and/or National Talent Centres
- FEDERATION TALENT CENTRE
Daniel Connell - Danielle Ohlsson - Joseph Bahr - Dominic Sinkins - Alexandra Mitchell - Rogier Korbus - Oliver Fletcher - Lachlan Patchell - Cameron Healy - Aaron Beasley - Tyler Collicoat - Ramsey Tawngdee - Kelsey Wilkinson - Andrew Jenkins - Ruben Marull - Lili Clarke - Lucy Evans - Sophie Coyle - Eliza O'Donnell - Ben Meyer - Oscar Hough - Tukaha "Brock" Rankin-Pearce - Cameron Gen - Michelle Bgoni - Zenia Kupidura - Charlie Holmes - Jemma Catherwood - Amanda Parlane - Samantha Whyte - Callum Goodwin - Anthony Connell - Brandon Turner - Liam Barclay - Aidan Rodrigues - Barker Carroll - James Martin - Liam Coleman - Ruben Marull - Toby Jurke - Alex Braakhuis - Max Falconer - Luke Piper - Theo Ettema - Hiroshi Craigie - Nick Martin - Sam Fernyhough - Savio Concessio - Max Juran - Cameron Spencer - Kashyapa de Alwis - Duncan Gempesaw - Harry Holt - Lachlan Macgregor - Luke Shields - Ollie Joe - Jamie Wildash-Chan - James Wilkinson - Levi Bank - Hannah Evett - Helena Nagrampa - Pepi Olliver-Bell - Samantha Preval - Sarah Griffiths - Maia Williams - Justina Yamoah
NATIONAL TALENT CENTRE
Maggie Jenkins - Cameron Healy - Barker Carroll - James Martin - Liam Coleman - Aidan Rodrigues - Luke Piper - Max Falconer - Amanda Parlane - Danielle Ohlsson - Michelle Bgoni - Samantha Whyte - Liam Barclay - Lachlan Patchell - Ramsay Tawngdee - Cameron Gen
WELLINGTON PHOENIX YOUTH ACADEMY
Liam C, Aidan R, Max F, James M, Barker C
U17 NATIONAL TEAM
Quotes & Tips
Coaches...remember this when teaching
"If you want to create an environment where young players enjoy the game, have the confidence to receive the ball and try out new skills and techniques - placing them in a bear pit surrounded by screaming adults is unlikely to have the desired results" - Dermot Collins, FA Respect Manager
The ball is round, the game lasts ninety minutes, and everything else is just theory.
Josef “Sepp” Herberger
(1897-1977: German football player and manager)
"Technique is not being able to juggle a ball a 1000 times. Anyone can do that by practicing. Then you can work in a circus. Technique is passing the ball with one touch, with the right speed, at the right foot of your team mate" - Johan Cruyff
"Planning the development of young players is like preparing for a journey. It’s advisable to have a map to avoid getting lost and wasting time and energy." Horst Wein. (German educationalist, leading figure in youth soccer development)
"There are a lot of coaches who understand football, but not many who understand children".
Players decide their habits. Then their habits decide their future.
"Young players need freedom of expression to develop as creative players...they should be encouraged to try skills without fear of failure" - Arsene Wenger
"The intention is not to move the ball, rather to move the opposition" - Pep Guardiola
"Don't practice until you get it right. Practice until you can't get it wrong."
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein
"A coach is someone who tells you what you don't want to hear, who has you see what you don't want to see, so you can be who you have always known you could be." - Tom Landry, former Dallas Cowboys coach
"Today, I do what others won't, so tomorrow I can do what others can't."
"I never lose...either I win or I learn."
"Never let a win go to your head and a loss to your heart"
"There is no elevator to success...you have to take the stairs." - Zig Ziglar
"I can teach you anything, but only you can learn" - Socrates
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go" - T.S. Eliot
"I am constantly being asked about individuals. The only way to win is as a team. Football is not about one or two or three star players." - Pele
"In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision”. - Lionel Messi
“If you’re in the penalty area and don’t know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we’ll discuss the options later.” - Bob Paisley, former Liverpool coach
"In football, the worst blindness is only seeing the ball." - Nelson Falcão Rodrigues (1912-1980: Brazilian playwright, journalist, and novelist)
Milan’s diverse soccer career spans over several decades. His playing career began in Czech Republic with Trinec in the Czech Elite League. This led to being drafted by one of the top youth clubs in Czech Republic (Banik Ostrava), which in turn, led to being called up to the Czech National U17 team. Upon defection from the Czech Republic, Milan found home in Calgary, where he played in the Alberta Major Soccer League and later in the Premier Division as well as with the Alberta Provincial Select Teams for over 12 years. He also represented Alberta at the Canada Summer Games and Western Canada Summer Games. At the amateur club level, he played against visiting teams from Germany (Borussia Monchengladbach), Scotland (Hibernian) and Ireland. Milan was also a member of Calgary's first Club National Champions, the Springer Kickers. Calgary's first professional soccer team, the Calgary Boomers, offered Milan a professional contract but he chose to pursue post secondary education instead.
Milan's passion for soccer spread to coaching. He began coaching young local players and became a certified coach. For 3 decades, Milan has been coaching boys, girls, men and women at the local club and Provincial level. He became Alberta Soccer Association's Staff Coach and coached Senior, U18, U17 and U16 Provincial Select Teams for 15 years. During those 15 years Milan's teams won 15 medals in Western Canadian and Canadian National Championships (5 Gold, 7 Silver and 3 Bronze medals). Milan was instrumental in setting up the Southern Alberta High Performance Centre for elite soccer players at Lindsay Park Sports Centre (Talisman Centre). In 1991 he was a guest coach as part of the Canadian National Women's Team coaching staff travelling to Florida in preparation for the first Women's World Cup being held in China that year.
Based on a belief in lifelong learning, he observed and worked with Germany's Bundesliga teams Bayer Leverkusen and FC Cologne and attended the (BFUT) Brazilian Soccer Academy in Florida. In September 2016 Milan took a group of 11-13 year old Onslow and North Wellington players to participate at Boca Juniors Youth Academy training in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Milan currently holds Canadian Coaching B-License, NZF / OFC B License, Level 3 Instituto Brasileiro Diploma BFUT and has completed numerous Junior Level, Youth Level and Senior Level NZ courses.
In 2015 Milan was a guest staff coach at AC Milan Camp in Wellington.
In April 2017 Milan was a guest staff coach at FCB Escola Barcelona Camp in Wellington.
In January 2018 Milan attended TOVO Academy course in Wellington.
In March & April 2018 Milan attended a coaching course in Perugia, Italy and also attended training sessions at Paolo Rossi Academy in Perugia, Italy and TOVO Academy in Sitges, Barcelona, Spain.
Milan is a recepient of the following soccer awards in Canada: