At Billingham Synthonia FC there is an undertanding that we need to support academy and first team players with more than just the technical, tactical & physical side of the game, but also supporting them to develop a growth mindset, while still enjoying their football. The health & wellbeing of players, staff & volunteers is something that is recognised within the club, and like a lot of clubs at our level there is an enjoyable social side to attending/being part of games, and other events.
Having the academy players full time means there are more opportunities for activities that support individual and team development. So far this season academy players have been white water rafting and attended a game at Wembley together. Chairman & Academy Manager Jamie said "I have a good set of lads, who understand how we are trying to support them, and they are very supportive of each others development. All of them have been involved with 1st team training sessions, and some have been part of 1st team squads. They have all progressed technically, tactically and physicallly, and I am proud of how they have all developed. However, in addition to this I want them to focus on developing a growth mindset, in a relaxed but focused environment."
Starting in January this year, we have Graeme Thorpe (Player Improvement Coach) who will be running a series of workshops for the academy players that will support them in achieving their potential. The first workshop to be delivered on Friday 24th January will be around the following subjects:
- Understanding why talented young players don't make it in football
- Resilience and how to cope when things don't go to plan
- Understanding your game face
The full series will give all the academy players a good foundation to deal with the mental demands of the game, and when they are stepping up into the first team they will get the opportunity to work with Graeme 1:1 where focus can be more on the individual needs of a player.