Posted: May 17th 2015
“Frank, when one of your players gets picked up
by a Pro Club isn’t that bad for your business…?”
Been asked this one a lot.
And the answer is…
If a player is FULLY ready to take advantage of the
Opportunity to sign for a Pro Club Academy…
If he has ALL the fundamental ball skills in place…
If he has a good understanding of the game…
If he has the social skills to go in and
develop healthy, productive relationships with his
new teammates and coaches
If he has developed enough physically to be able to
compete with other elite players…
If he has the self-confidence, attitude, resilience and
ability to focus and practice diligently…
If he is CURIOUS about how he could really
improve…no matter how far in front or behind he
If he and his parents understand that this is by
nature a ‘competitive environment’ where he will
be deemed wither ‘good enough’ or ‘not good enough’
for Pro Academy standard…
And they are FULLY prepared to deal with the
consequences either way…
Then, NO it’s not bad for business at TCSA at all.
If a player genuinely moves on to a higher level, its
JOB DONE by us.
Our role is to SUPPORT players, parents AND Pro
Clubs by developing players who are ready to
And of course, it's a feather in TCSA’s Cap…
But here’s where the WIN-WIN-WIN for turns into
LOSE-LOSE-LOSE for the players and parents, clubs
(and for TCSA)
When players leave us (full of confidence and
momentum) and come back anxious and deflated…
It wastes EVERYONE’S time.
Sometimes its because they simply weren’t ready…
Other times, it because they left for what they
thought was a ‘better opportunity’ to find that it
It was just the name of the club or the badge that
sucked them in…
But they didn’t find superior coaching or a better
opportunity to develop…
So YES, in these situations it’s BAD for BUSINESS…
Because we’re in the BUSINESS of helping youngsters
MEET their POTENTIAL.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend
I'm off to watch the Swans!
PS - So what can YOU take from this?
1. If your son is offered an opportunity at a Pro Club,
insist on the fact that the experience is
Character and life-skill building.
Regardless of how far he progresses in Football.
That’s what we offer at TCSA.
That fact that our training helps players go further
in the game is a by-product.
Don’t get me wrong though, there are some fantastic
Pro Academies and ‘Development Centres’ out there
who DO offer this holistic approach…
But they are not all created equal.
I know because I’ve studied a lot of them at length…
(Even had an article published in the English
FA’s Coaching Journal Insight on the Philosophical
Approaches of Premier League Academies…)
2. Insist that your son IMPROVES over time...
Of course he's gonna have ups and downs, but in
the right environment he will get better over time...
(But it's quite common for players NOT to
progress and in some cases even go backwards
- I'll leave the 'why' discussion for another day)
3. Make sure he's ENJOYING it
Again, if you think he's gonna be bouncing after
session, that's unrealistic.
But it needs to be something he is enjoying
You'd be amazed how many parents are
willing to put their families through hell enduring
a "Pro Club experience' that none of them - kids
or parents are enjoying - all just 'in case' he makes
As the saying goes..there's rarely a happy ending
to an unhappy journey..