This very popular and successful program is entering its fourth year. United’s Jr Nike Academy program is for players born in the year 2012 only. This program is designed to provide opportunities for like minded players to train separately from their regular teams in preparation for United’s advanced programs when they become available in the fall of 2020.
The training’s focus will include improving all technical aspects of dribbling, passing, receiving, ball striking, 1v1 and 3v1 possession.
The training is conducted by United’s Nike Academy and Academy Directors of Coaching Barry Mantle and Felipe Quiroga. The club will monitor the development of the players to help assist with player placement for future teams and programs.
Phase one: Fall 2019 practices will be held on Friday’s, September 6th, 13th, 20th 27th and October 6th
Location: Southbridge Park Boys: 4.30 – 5.30pm Girls: 5.30 – 6.30pm Cost: $100
Phase two: The training program will continue over the winter period with a 6 – 7 week training program. Practices would be once a week during the week, times, dates and location TBD. A tournament team or teams could be created to play in our own Colorado Cup tournament.
Phase three: Spring program similar to the fall which would culminate in an end of spring season tournament for all eligible players.
This program is not designed to take players from their teams; it is to enhance the development of the player and help prepare them for the Nike Academy and Academy programs. Players in this program may get asked to play in a tournament or a winter league but will always return to their team for the fall and spring season ahead of the U9 program.
We currently have 7 Nike Academy teams from the 2011 birth year, 80% of those players attended the Jr. Nike Academy program training sessions last year. We believe this program was integral in helping those players develop their skills to prepare them for the next level of play.
Players interested in this program should have:
- Ambition and love for the game of soccer
- Desire to play with like minded players
- Excited about taking their game to the next level
For further information contact Barry Mantle
What to Bring
- Wear shin guards
- Bring inflated ball