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The IPTA Academy

December 2016 Issue 01

Welcome to IPTA • October Half Term IPTA Mini Kicks • Christmas Soccer School Dominic Knighton




s we approach the half way point of the season I feel its important to reflect on what has been a pleasing first four months of the season. We hope that our players and parents alike have enjoyed the first half of the season and are looking forward to second half of the season. This Newsletter has been designed for a number of reasons, we would like to keep all parents, family members and supporters of IPTA up to date with everything that that is happening at IPTA, we would also like it to be something that our players can access and read and hopefully find useful. As Academy Director I always feel a great sense of pride, I believe that together we have and still are creating an excellent culture for all of the children who participate in any event ran by IPTA to excel and be the best they can be while enjoying what they do.

Dominic Knighton Enjoy the Newsletter Academy Director

October Soccer School The October Half Term saw the return of our increasingly popular three day soccer school at Peterborough Northern Star. The three days saw nearly 30 children take part in our soccer school. The school is designed to engage both boys & girls through football, playing lots of fun games throughout the three days as well as taking part in a number of competitions and World Cup Friday. All of the children attending the soccer school went away with a certificate of participation as well as taking away packs of match attack cards. The Soccer Schools are for boys and girls of all abilities aged 4 - 12 years old. We believe they are a fantastic way to keep children active through football. A fantastic way to improve all childrens social skills, confidence and meet new friends.



the opportunity to be invited to participate in fixtures or training days during the school holidays. Development Team players receive a minimum of 1 hour 30 minutes training per week and participate in a weekly games Our middle tier consist of our De- programme. We currently have At the base of our development velopment Programme within our U7s, U8s, U9s, U10s & U11s parpyramid we have our community that we have our Development ticipating within this programme. programme. Within our commu- Centres & Development Teams, nity programme we work with these are for players who have At the top of our pyramid we primary schools and offer the fol- been selected by our coaching have our Elite programme. Playlowing services: Breakfast clubs, team. Players who attend our ers within our Elite programme Dinner Time club, After school Development Centre will receive receive an additional weekly clubs and PPA cover to schools a weekly training programme as training session and are invited within Cambridgeshire. Outside well as still having the opportunity to participate in fixtures against our school programme we run our to play for their local team. Deve- Professional Football Clubs throMini Kicks course for children aged lopment centre players will have ughout the season. We also run a European tour programme for both our Development Teams & Elite Programme. We feel this is a vital part to our programme and the benefits of this programme are immense. Our players experience different cultures, participate in fixtures against foreign opposition, learn to take more responsibility for themselves both on and off the pitch but most importantly create memories that last a lifetime. In 2011 IPTA was founded and began as a small development centre, as we reach the half way point of the 2016/17 season we now have three tiers to our development system.

3-6 years old as an introduction to football. We also run our Soccer Schools programme which is for all players within our youth system as well as any children within the community.

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We introduce our Mini Kickers to a professional, pressure free and caring environment focusing on a range of activities aimed at developing their agility, balance and coordination through fun orientated football games.

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IPTA understand that this is the first step on the football ladder for players and parents alike and because of this we offer all NEW Mini Kickers a FREE INDUCTORY Session.




uring a very busy but successful October Half Term our U8s, U10s & U11s participated in fixtures against Cambridge United held at Hinchinbrooke School, Huntingdon at their fantastic facilities. It was our U8s & our U10s who got the morning underway before our U11s took part in fixtures during the

afternoon. The level of performance was very pleasing to see and all through the different age groups you could see the identity of our IPTA teams. Another very pleasing aspect of the day was seeing so many of our players comfortably participating in an age group above and still having the confidence

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and ability to perform. This says a lot about the environment that has been created within our youth system. Thank you to Cambridge United for hosting the fixtures and we look forward to more exciting fixtures against them in the new year. www.


Dominic Knighton

Where did the idea to form IPTA come from? I was an academy coach at Histon Football Club Academy. After leaving I decided to set up a Youth System that could fully concentrate on just the development of young football players. How has IPTA developed since the beginning? When IPTA was founded we set up a small development centre that ran just once a week. We now have three tiers to our Youth Development System. At the base we have our Community Programme, the middle tier of our youth system we have our development centres & development teams at the tip of the pyramid we have our ever growing elite programme. What has been the biggest success for IPTA? Since 2011 we have seen some very good teams participate for IPTA. Our main focus though is the development of each individual and this comes before anything else. We see the ultimate success as every individual within our system developing and being the best player and person they can be.


of the Ajax & Barcelona academies. We try to work towards the Ajax T.I.P.S model (Technique, Intelligence, Personality & Speed) and the higher up the pyramid we go the more we work towards this. How does IPTA attract interest from academies from the UK and Europe? The reoccurring theme seems to be how all our teams try to play football and have a clear identity, we want our players to be be intelligent footballers that can think for themselves and problem solve. I always receive compliments on the professionalism, the appearance of our players, and the way in which they conduct themselves on and off the pitch. That makes me very proud and is a huge compliment to everyone involved. What are the key aspects of the IPTA philosophy? We have touched a little bit already on some of the key elements to the IPTA philosophy. There are many layers to being a footballer. We try and keep it simple and use the T.I.P.S model for our players, We want our players to develop a football brain where they can make clever decisions under pressure, that they are technically capable to execute the decisions under pressure, we want our players to be self-starters and motivated to learn and improve.

Who has been involved in helping IPTA grow? The work and commitment from the IPTA coaches over the last five years really has been excellent and without it we would not be where we are today. Its hugely inspiring to see how important it is to our coaches to make a difference to all of our players.

What is the most important attribute? We believe that the most important attribute to being a footballer is MENTAL TOUGHNESS. If you think of all the very talented young children in academies & on the local pitches playing week in & week out throughout the country and then think about the very few that actually make it and have a long career in professional football??? The very few that do must be mentally tough. Are you resilient and confident in your own ability, do you have the ability to continue to improve your game in difficult situations and emerge without loosing confidence?

Which academy does IPTA draw patterns from? Through my experiences I have made numerous contacts throughout Europe and have learnt a lot from clubs and coaches throughout Europe when we have attended tours. I always look to educate myself to improve IPTA as a whole and I have always been a huge fan

Which other academies do IPTA work closely with? IPTA has worked closely with many other academies since we have formed both in England & in Europe. Locally we have great relationships with Norwich City & Cambridge United who are always keen to invite us to participate in events they hold.


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IPTA December 2016