Our club philosophy at Shield is the outline of how we expect our players to be coached, and football to be played. It is based on:

  • Academic Research.
  • Beliefs & Experiences gained from qualifications and observations.
  • Experiences based on our work with professional football clubs.

Our beliefs take into account the fact that our sessions and structures must vary, dependent on the age group of the team. We pride ourselves on being imaginative, but expecting a high quality of technique and play.

Shield Academy aims to rotate our players where possible, in order to give them access to playing time. A recommended way to do this is to try and grant our players (subject to teams) 1 full match in every 3. This may sometimes vary depending on the number of players within the team.

However we ask our teams to set a minimum amount of football, in order to ensure that your child accesses game time.

The approach taken by the project and football club is based on academic research into sports science. Shield has adopted a dynamic style of coaching. This means that the amount of a time that a player is waiting to be involved in a practice is minimal. Warm-up structures will be dynamic, and will focus on skill development.

‘I’ve told the players we need to win so that I can have the cash to buy some new ones.’ – Peterborough Manager, Chris Turner

Creative Players

Imagination

Sessions must be fun! But they must provide a challenge, in order to meet the needs of the players.

Our work with professional clubs has allowed us to access resources and sessions that really capture the imagination of our players. We love our players to show realism by attacking and defending goals.

Individual Development

We strongly believe in the development of the individual technical ability of our players, from an early age. It is vital that we attack our players ability to control the ball, turn and change pace with the ball, in order to then develop their other technical abilities. We provide progressive and fun sessions to ensure the competence of our players.

Small Sided Games

3v3 and 4v4’s

It is vital that the development of our players is based upon the amount of touches they receive on the ball. 3v3 and 4v4 games allow for the key principles of both attacking and defending play to be explored. Our players develop an understanding and appreciation of this through this style of coaching.

11v11 Preparation

Our 11 aside teams work both technically and tactically on their game. Phases of play are incorporated in order to work on team faults, and correction of these over a length of time. In addition, set piece and other 11v11 aspects are coached, such as pattern play.

The Shield Philosophy

Our philosophy at Shield takes into account various points of research and our beliefs take into account the fact that our sessions and structures must vary, dependent on the age group of the team. We pride ourselves on creating imaginative structures.

Rotation

Dynamic Sessions

Imagination

Individual Development

3v3 and 4v4’s

11v11 Preparation