Saturdays at Parkway Elementary School
Saturdays - 4/6, 4/13, (no 4/20) 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, (no 5/25) 6/1, 6/8 Boys Scrimmage Games 12:00pm Girls Scrimmage Games 12:00pm
For more information on the GSA Academy please email Alan Marsh -
The GSA Academy offers the opportunity for U8 players to develop a love for the game of soccer whilst learning the skills required to play in a travel program.
We strongly believe:
-Children develop quicker when they have a true passion for what they are doing
-Children enjoy being involved
-Small groups encourage children to be involved
-The more times a child touches a soccer ball the faster they develop
-Development requires commitment and dedication
-Children are more likely to be committed and dedicated if they enjoy what they are doing
-All children deserve quality, professional coaching
-Participation is more important than winning at this age
Who won? Who cares?
Young children are more interested in taking part than winning. Many players below the age of 10 don't even know what the score was when the walk off the field. They don't need to. All they need to know is that they had fun. SCORES WILL NEVER BE REFERRED TO IN THIS PROGRAM BY COACHES OR PARENTS. We believe that if you take away the emphasis on winning, you increase the focus on developing.
Practices are planned and organized by our experienced coaches to involve 45 minutes of skills training and 15 minutes of small-sided games.
Players in the GSA Academy will be placed on a small sided team for the season. Each team will be assigned a parent coach who is assisted and given instruction by the GSA professional coaches. The teams come together each Saturday morning to play 5v5 games.
Academy players will usually not play on a team with more than 5 players.
-Less players=More touches on the soccer ball
-Less players=More opportunities to make in-game decisions
-Less players=More opportunity to be involved
-Less players=More opportunity to practice skills
-Less players=More FUN!
NO TRY-OUT POLICY
We believe that every player should have the opportunity to play at this level, we do not hold try-outs. All players will be placed in a practice group which is appropriate and challenging for their own ability.
We do offer scholarships. Please contact Stuart for the necessary form-
Soccer in the Community
We are giving the opportunity to some of our more experienced soccer players in town to give something back to the sport from which they have gained so much. We have Greenwich High School players assisting our coaches as councilors during practices and Greenwich United Premier and Travel players refereeing the Saturday Scrimmages. These players are gaining valuable experience as referees and may one day officiate the academy players in travel soccer games. We expect all parents to be supportive and encouraging toward our referees.