At Moorland School we recognise that footballing talent has to be nurtured and developed from an early age. Our Head of Football Development, Charlie Jackson, works with our junior students on a weekly basis as part of that process. Football is an art and a skill that is shaped from a tender age, and is why we place such emphasis on coaching our children from the day they enter Reception class.
The central ethos that underpins our footballing philosophy is that of technique and development. That is certainly true of the work that goes into coaching our younger children. From Reception to Year 6, our young footballers are coached in the art of technical ability and being comfortable in possession of the ball. Coach Charlie Jackson ensures that each child has countless touches of the football per session to improve their technique and familiarity with the ball.
Football is a simple game often made complicated. At Moorland we maintain a simplistic approach towards coaching our children. Through Charlie Jackson’s drills and coaching strategy, we make sure that the technique of each child is improved through repetition, accuracy and application. Tactics, nutrition, fitness and attitude are all key components of modern-day football. However, although these factors are certainly not ignored, it is the constant focus on technical development that is fundamental to our approach. Indeed, this is the same approach that is commonplace in Brazil and Spain and at clubs such as Arsenal and FC Barcelona.
“Charlie Jackson is one of the most progressive, forward thinking coaches I have seen. His coaching techniques work on the key areas young players need to develop in the game – technical ability and once this skill is mastered – learning the right time to use it. Having witnessed his school team in action, you could be forgiven for thinking it was Arsenal or Barcelona in their prime. If you want to give your child the best possible opportunity to succeed in the game then working with Charlie at Moorland will give them every chance.”
– Mr Peter Sanderson, Editor of the UEFA Training Ground.
The skills and techniques that are nurtured and developed at a young age through our Junior School football coaching are the perfect foundation for transition into our Senior School. Our Elite footballers are able to move seamlessly from Year 6 into Year 7, as the ethos remains the same. What does change and increase, however, is the intensity of the sessions. As a Senior School student, our Elite footballers will have a minimum of 3 sessions per week, with the addition of after-school and weekend sessions.
The expectations are also intensified, as laid out by Coach Charlie Jackson. It is not only the technical skills and development of each student that are now monitored; it is the fitness, diet and awareness of each Elite footballer that is supervised. With that in mind, each Elite player receives a USB snap wristband to monitor performance levels. These can be used to store key data such as facts and statistics for each session. This forms part of a holistic approach towards improving each child in each area of the game.
The ethos of improving each player in terms of technical ability, application, maturity and humility is always at the core of what we do as part of the Moorland International Football Elite programme. However, we are extremely proud to be competitive and hungry to succeed, to win. Our recent and unique success of winning the ISFA National U16 Shield as well as the Lancashire Cup pays testament to that desire.
The skill, determination, application, character and ability that helped the School achieve such a prestigious double, were borne out of hours of coaching and techniques over many sessions and many years. That is the very rationale for making sure that our Head of Football Development, Charlie Jackson, is able to work and nurture our young footballers from the day they enrol at Moorland School. Indeed, the vast majority of our double winning squad have moved right through our Junior School and subsequently into our Senior School.
It is certainly no coincidence that such a seamless transition from a young age towards teenage years has brought the School such national and regional success. Further to that, Moorland School has seen many of our Elite players achieve places at such prestigious academies as those of Manchester United, Manchester City, Southampton and Blackburn Rovers.
To have graduates of the Moorland International Football Elite programme such as John Cofie and Niall Mason secure contracts at Manchester United and Southampton respectively, is further evidence that our approach is tried and tested.
At Moorland School we are unashamedly proud of our track record of developing and nurturing young footballing talent. This process begins at a very early age. This process begins with an email or a phone call. Over to you…..
“The Elite programme represents not just football but how we develop elite personalities within a school framework, using football as the theme and main driving force.”
– Mr Charlie Jackson, Head of Football Development at Moorland School