SLD Soccer School - Case studies

SLD Soccer School Case Studies.

At SLD Soccer School we're very proud of the work we do in developing young footballers, not just pysically and technically but personally, socially, creatively and cognitively. We reflect on the role we can play in the lives of the children we work with and look to nurture progress in all of the above areas. Watch our video to find out more

The below case studies reflect on two oustanding individuals and how they've impressed two of our coaches. 

"One of the girls has been coming to SLD for 2 and a half years now. She's a really polite, friendly and popular member of the group. Her strengths are turning with the ball and her range of passing. We work on ball mastery every session, which involves practising specific skills with the ball and she works hard to perfect her skills with every new move we work on. She has a fantastic attitude for learning and is never afraid to ask questions in order to fully grasp a new activity or concept. 


A session that really stands our for me is one that focused on 1v1 situations. Her ability to press her opponent at the right time was fantastic and she won the ball back consistently, timing her tackles brilliantly. Once she had won the ball, she drove forward on the attack, beat the defender in front of her and went on to score with almost every possession. It has been really enjoyable to watch her develop as a player and as a person, particularly given that she had not played much football before joining SLD. She is always developing her understanding and knowledge of the game and loves to watch her favourite team, Liverpool. We always catch up on a Monday evening at the training sessions and talk about the scores and our favourite goals from the weekend."

Teri, SLD Girls Coach.

"This particular player has attended SLD for nearly 4 years. He is now in Year 8 and really has become a fantastic person and player. He brings a desire and hunger to sessions that is infectious and drives up standards across the group. He can play confidently with either foot, dribble with fantastic control, finish from close range or shoot from long distance and lead a team with his positional understanding and organisational qualities. As one of the older boys in our group, he is the perfect role model for some of the younger players.

A session that lives long in the memory is from a fixture, in which this player was influential. That night, we gave the boys autonomy to decide on tactics and positions and to lead their own team talks before, during and after the game, in a player-led session. He led by example in an assured defensive display and played a significant role in the creation of goalscoring chances, but perhaps his most admirable quality that night was his leadership. He orchestrated the team talks, speaking and listening to his team mates to ensure they were prepared to perform. I remember at one point during the half time team talk, lots of the boys were speaking all at once and he took the lead in calming the conversation down and impressed upon his teammates the importance of listening to each other if they wanted to improve their play in the second half. As a coach, it is immeasurably rewarding to see the players you coach mature into well-rounded, confident people and this player is a perfect example of what we aim to produce at SLD Soccer School"

George, SLD Head Coach.

For more information about SLD Soccer School and the different sessions we run, visit our webpage or give us a call on 02036914576.