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Player Development

Wesburn Football Club believes that investing in the success of our local youth is the cornerstone for positive achievements both on and off the soccer field. The more passionate the heart is for the beautiful game, the easier the game will become. This motto is the mantra and essence of how player development is approached by the Wesburn Football Club. We are unwavering in our commitment to the long term player development approach with every player and with every team. We are committed to all of our players regardless of their level of play.

This is not a soccer club for elite athletes only. This is a club for players who have the desire to improve and for players who enjoy the game. We are passionate in the belief that we will do the best job possible to nurture and develop your child's growth as a young athlete, responsible teammate and local citizen.

Under the Technical Directors ever watchful eye the coaching team of WYSC have an open door training policy to all youth who desire to play at any appropriate level. While we are committed to providing the best opportunities for the most serious player, we are also very concerned about the impact that "tracking" and "pigeonholing" players at too young of an age can have on the overall development of the individuals in our organization. Our philosophy means keeping winning in perspective and it means focusing on the bigger picture of giving each of our players challenges each season and each year.

WFC is committed to utilize advanced level training techniques that promote accelerated skill improvement and unselfish team play. This approach is focused on polishing player abilities in preparation for subsequent years of development and on into their lives after soccer. Our training team have a progressive minded style that is open to various strategies to improve the overall ability of each player.

With player development goals in mind WFC is an active supporter of the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) model. LTPD is a CSA soccer-specific adaptation of the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD) developed by Canadian Sport Centres. LTAD is a scientific model for periodized athlete training and development that respects and utilizes the natural stages of physical, mental, and emotional growth in athletes. Like the LTAD program, LTPD is designed to:

1. Promote lifelong enjoyment of physical activity.
2. Provide a structured player development pathway.
3. Describe best practices for elite player development.
4. Create long-term excellence.

For more info on the LTPD Program follow this link to BCSA LTPD

All teams at WFC are taught to share the same common training principle of discipline. Player discipline is one of the key ingredients that allows for the success of our training methods. Fundamental areas we focus upon are ball skill & mastery, receiving and passing, moves, speed, finishing, attacking, field vision, positional support and developing play recognition. Skills are important however WFC prides itself in nurturing player confidence and self-esteem improvement techniques.

In our day to day coaching and training, we are guided by the notion that player development means avoiding the shortcuts and focusing on skill acquisition by ALL players. Player development means being honest with parents who push too hard to put winning ahead of everything else. Moreover, it means standing firm to our core beliefs when some members view winning to take greater precedence over the long term growth of all WFC players. Player development means being fair to all individuals and being patient with a player who seems slower to develop. The coaches in our organization understand that each child develops at their own rate and we are never so arrogant to believe that we know who is going to be successful. Each youth will achieve their own unique level of success where be it either on or off the pitch, WFC continues to believe that we must foster each youths success.