From the moment players, parents and coaching staff are affiliate the Stenhousemuir Football Club Children's Academy there are expected not only to represent the Club on pitch, but also how to respect and represent the Club with every aspect of their life.
Players also need more than just talent to succeed at the Academy they require commitment, discipline and an unshakable determination to succeed. In addition, Academy players are expected to conduct themselves The 'Stenny Way' and possess the 5 psychological E's of performance to ensure a positive 'can do' attitude and desire to continually progress and develop.
High personal standards are required if players are to progress as both football players and individuals. Discipline in behaviour, timekeeping, dress code, practice schedule, taking instruction and healthy lifestyle are pivotal in the overall development of our Children's Academy players.
Both on and off the field of play it is expected that the players will always represent the Club in the correct manner, showing respect to officials, opponents, supporters and hosts/guests at all times. Players must always concentrate and listen to their coaches.
Training at the Stenhousemuir Football Club Children's Academy is a demanding experience with each player's progress closely monitored at every step of the process.
Meeting the demands of the Academy has its rewards and whether youngsters progress to the Youth Development Programme or not, it is an experience which will be of benefit for the rest of their lives.
The Children's Academy encourages all young players to spend additional practice time practising their skills and techniques. To drive this culture forward from a young age, players at the Development Squads are given weekly homework tasks which are related to the theme of each individual coaching session. As players continue their development through the Academy, players at our performance 11s and 12s will receive more detailed homework tasks which will enables the most dedicated of individuals to challenge themselves on a 'week-to-week' basis out-with the designated 3 coaching sessions per week.
In the general interest of the Academy's playing policy, parents and coaches please note the following procedures:
If there are any problems, questions and/or concerns regarding the above procedures please contact Aidan Robertson, Head of Children's Academy direct.