SKILLS ACQUISITION PROGRAM 2017
WHAT IS THE SKILLS ACQUISITION PROGRAM (SAP)?
A key aspect of the new Football Federation Australia National Curriculum is the implementation of the Skills Acquisition Program to perfect and accelerate the skill development of identified players at the critical ages of 10 and 11. The Skills Acquisition Program forms the foundation of the FFA National Talent Pathway, and plays an important role in developing individual players to play at a higher level. The SAP Academy is designed to enhance the skill development of the most talented 10 and 11 year old players. This is achieved by forming a “best of the best” training group and giving them the opportunity to develop the key components within the Skill Acquisition Program by the best coaches and working under the best environment. By taking the 4 core skills identified by the FFA and overloading them through training, players can fine tune these cognitive techniques and develop them to the autonomous stage of learning where execution becomes effortless and natural, in opposed situations.
The FFA’s 4 Core Skills are;
- Striking the ball – This includes all forms of striking the ball such as short/long passing; shooting & crossing
- First touch – Controlling the ball with all allowed body parts
- 1 v 1 – All moves, feints and accelerations to get past and away from an opponent
- Running with the ball at speed (with a lot of space) or ‘dribbling’ (in tight areas), this includes techniques for protecting the ball and changing direction.
The focus of SAP is on functional game skills with an immediate skills transfer into positioning and small-sided games being an absolute requirement. It is based on World’s Best Practice and has been developed by internationally acclaimed Technical Coaches and the FFA Technical Department.
Olympic FC participate in both the Boys and the Girls Skills Acquisition Program.
HOW DOES THE SAP WORK AT OLYMPIC FC IN 2017?
Players who wish to participate must register and trial for selection into this program. This selection process occurs in October at the end of the regular playing season. Dates will be available on the Olympic website in August 2017. Players that already play for Olympic FC and are selected for this program will also gain a position in our top Mini Roos Academy Program. SAP players will train 2 nights per week with their SAP team and 2 nights per week with their ACADEMY Team. To make sure SAP players benefit from the increased training program, SAP players will also play games on the weekend in our top Academy teams in the Football Brisbane Komodo competition. SAP players will also attend specific SAP carnivals throughout the year organised by Football Queensland. SAP Players are coached by a minimum C Youth accredited coach for the entirety of the program.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM COST IN 2017?
The SAP program at Olympic FC will cost $350. This one off fee includes all coaching fees for the program (January – September) and players training kit, which consists of training socks, training shorts and training shirt. The additional Mini Roos Academy Program is an additional fee. Payment needs to be completed before the season begins in 2017. Please contact Bec Trone our Office Administrator on 3844 4994 for details.
WHEN DOES THE SAP PROGRAM BEGIN AND END IN 2017?
The SAP program for Boys will begin Tuesday JANUARY 24 2017 at 4.30pm. The session will finish at 5.30pm. The season will conclude at the end of September 2017. All sessions will be held at Goodwin Park, Yeronga.
SAP positions for the Girls program have not been finalised as yet. Trials for the final SAP places will be held on the 4th and 11th of February 2017. Trials will begin at 10am and will end at 11am. Please register for trials by clicking here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScFB1HnKxlVPBkSHTPepWO2DW4C1fdxkKzmv7OQ2N06vmztiA/viewform
DO SAP PLAYERS PLAY IN CARNIVALS IN 2017?
The answer is YES. There will be two SAP carnivals in 2017. Dates and locations will be finalised shortly. In addition to the two carnivals SAP Olympic teams will also play as a team against other SAP NPL teams throughout the year. Both SAP Carnivals and SAP games will be played on a Sunday.
WHO RUNS THE OLYMPIC SKILLS ACQUISITION PROGRAM IN 2017?
The Olympic SAP program is run by Academy Director Daniel Byrne. Daniel holds at current AFC B Licence and in 2017 will complete his AFC A Licence. Daniel is also a captain and a senior member of the Olympic FC Senior Men’s NPL Team. Daniel has been an Olympic player since 2007.
WHO WILL COACH THE OLYMPIC SKILLS ACQUISITION PROGRAM TEAMS IN 2017?
The Boys U11 SAP team will be coached by Nic De Jong who holds a current AFC C Youth Licence
The Boys U10 SAP team will be coached by Daniel Byrne who holds a current AFC B Licence
The Girls U11 SAP team will be coached by Liz Doherty who holds a current AFC C Licence