Our philosophy emphasizes the 4 key components of the game; body mechanics, ball mastery, tactical awareness and mental strength. Based on our own experience as professional athletes, we've concluded that it's crucial for the next generation of soccer players to receive a much deeper understanding of the importance in taking care of their bodies. We wish to teach young players specific techniques to help them improve their flexibility, injury prevention, body control, efficiency in movement, coordination, agility, conditioning, speed, balance, core strength, etc. Our goal is for our TWP athletes to become so accustomed to this information that it'll become a daily routine, just like brushing their teeth or doing their homework. It's crucial because as a player matures into adulthood, they will be limited by their own bodies if they don't practice certain techniques. We want to provide a solid foundation for our athletes so that they may experience long, fulfilling and healthy careers!
Being aware of the physical aspects of the game is crucial, but arguably the most important aspect is ball control . If you watch the world's best, they can receive any type of pass and possess the skill level to get out of extremely tight spaces. There are many examples of world class soccer players who weren't the fastest, strongest or tallest on the field, but were by far the best due to their sublime touch. Xavi, Iniesta, Xabi Alonso and Sergio Busquets are perfect examples. They have the ability to manipulate the ball however they please, establishing full control of a situation. Here at Train With Pros this is our priority, to develop confident players that are technically gifted. In order to achieve such high standards, every session will involve a ball at their feet. Familiarity and comfort on the ball at a young age is essential to instilling confidence, success and development in the sport. Though we can't replicate street soccer, where many of the world's top players honed their skills, we will endeavor to promote a creative style of play.
It is the coaches responsibility to create a positive learning environment and to guide his/her team towards success. This requires a knowledgeable individual who has the ability to communicate his/her tactics in an effective manner. Beyond the communication the coach must inspire and motivate his/her players to perform at their highest potential and as a cohesive unit. A coach must be a great leader, an individual who commands and gives respect and has an ability to problem solve. In order to be a coach for TWP, these qualities are a prerequisite. In addition, we believe the proper way to play the game involves team possession. This idea of 'total football' was pioneered by world soccer legend Johan Cruyff during the 1970's during his time with the Netherlands national team. It is a philosophy where all 11 players were heavily involved in the build up, minimizing turnovers and controlling the game by dominating possession. His innovative philosophy changed the game forever and is the DNA behind many of the world's top professional teams today. Obviously the game has evolved, but many of the same principles still apply. One that we value here at TWP is as stated, "If you have the ball you must make the field as big as possible, and if you don't have the ball you must make it as small as possible." Incidently, this is a concept that FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Paris St. German, etc. adhere to.
Much like life, soccer is a game filled with unpredictability. Regardless of how in control of a situation a team may seem, one goal changes everything. It's in these moments when an individual player and a collective team must tap into their psychological skills and show mental strength. Self belief, confidence, perseverance, maturity, and self control are important skills one must apply both in soccer and in life. Here at Train With Pros we want to provide a platform that'll prepare the next generation of soccer players for life's challenges. By creating a fun atmosphere where an athlete longs to learn and improve, we believe our TWP athletes will be equipped with the right tools to achieve success, both on and off the field.