West Ham United International Academy Launch Partner Clubs Program
The West Ham United International Academy announced the launch of its North American Partner Club program with agreed partnerships with some of the USA and Canada’s top youth soccer clubs. The International Academy officially unveil its partners at the Annual General Meeting of the United Soccer Leagues held in Tampa, Florida on November 20th. West Ham United International Academy is the official Premier League partner of the United Soccer Leagues.
Tony Carr, Academy Director, West Ham United Football Club: Although individuals can be born with natural skills, it is only regular practice that provides the necessary technique to play the game well. The years from ages 5 to 8 are absolutely vital because youngsters are totally receptive to everything you tell them, and they have not developed any bad habits. Up to the age of 11, is another crucial period. Throughout this time the emphasis should be placed on having fun and enjoy playing. Too much emphasis is placed on winning at all costs. Once they move into secondary school (age 11+), the basic skills of control and passing should be strongly embedded. Unfortunately, that is mostly not the case and too much time is spent rectifying the problems that should have been taken care of much earlier.