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Our principle aim is to produce players from within our development scheme capable of playing football for Bristol Rovers FC and sustaining careers as professional players.
We operate a full and structured programme for 140 players from U7 through to U18 level, teaching, educating and developing players in all areas of becoming a professional player.
Players are guided and supported by a group of experienced staff. Sessions are comprised of 3 main areas; technical and tactical, conditioning and fitness and analysis work. Each age group trains a minimum of twice per week.Currently doing a minimum of 4 hours per week at Brislington Enterprise College for the U8-12s, and Sir Bernard Lovell School for the U13- 16s.
Season 2011 / 2012 has seen five apprentices :- Jordan Goddard, Ellis Harrison, Mitch Harding, Ross Staley and Shaquille Hunter turn professional and join the 1st Team squad. This reinforces the long term philosophy that Bristol Rovers FC invest in their youth programme and gives their young players the opportunity to progress into professional football.
Bristol Rovers U9 – U16s Games Venue.
Golden Hill Training Centre (adjacent to Tesco)
Lime Trees Road
Bristol BS6 7XW
The Development Programme is built upon a sound foundation.
The structural environment, which incorporates our policies, practices and procedures along with our values and standards, provides a platform from which we can develop schoolboy players. This creates an environment which is safe, secure and places the player’s welfare at its core.
To this, a technical programme is in place which is a progressive programme delivered by qualified staff, who are fully supportive of the player and professionally developed.
Our philosophy is to produce technically proficient and tactically aware players from a positive and challenging learning environment, where players can express their natural abilities without the fear of failure.
Our aims are for players to have an understanding of;
-Attacking and defending principles along with the transition phase
-When, where and how to play from the back, supported by the knowledge of effective attacking play
-Styles, patterns and formations of play
The technical programme is split into 3 age groupings; U8-U10, U11-U14 and U15-U16. They are designed to provide the schoolboy players with stepwise approach to both technical and tactical development. A strong emphasis is placed upon technical competencies in the U8-U11 age bands progressing through to developing a tactical understanding of the game as they move towards the upper end of the programme.
The core elements of the programme are based around 6 key areas of playing development
1. Playing out from the back
2. Defending from the back
3. Playing through midfield
4. Defending from midfield
5. Forward play
6. Defending from the front
For more information visit the youth department website www.brfcyd.com