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State of Kuwait

H.H Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Amir of The State of Kuwait

H.H Sheikh Naser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah Prime Minister of The State of Kuwait

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Tricks of the Trade

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Celtic Visit to PGA



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Winter Camp



PGA Intro Foreward from HE the British Ambassador Message from Everton F.C.

Coaching Programme

Welcome Message

PGA Photo Gallery

Coaching Team

Spacialist Goalkeeper Training

Festival of Football Loyac Tournament








Code of Conduct

Official PGA Everton Playing Strip 2011 - 12

Coaching Schedule

Diet & Nutrition


Dubai Tour

Creative Youth Tournament

Centre of Excellence Match Days UK Tour

Manchester United Visit \ EvertonWay Terminology

Porsche Showroom Visit

The Premier GOAL Academy – Kuwait’s Centre of Excellence provides the Premier League experience for all players to enjoy and develop their football skills and experience here in Kuwait. The Premier GOAL Academy is affiliated with top English Premier League side Everton F.C. Youngsters in the Academy will have the opportunity to follow a proven coaching programme that has developed some of the finest young players in England, including Wayne Rooney. Players will follow the Everton Way online coaching programme and receive coaching sessions from fully qualified and experienced English F.A. and UEFA coaches, all certified by Everton F.C. The Premier GOAL Academy aims to provide the best opportunities for young players to maximize their potential in a safe, controlled and fun environment. The P.G.A. offers: -Trials and training at professional clubs in the U.K. for selected players We invite you to join us for what is sure to be an exciting and rewarding season ahead !


I am delighted that the Premier Football Academy is bringing to Kuwait the opportunity for hundreds of young people to participate in organised football events. This ‘Football For All’ programme will provide players with access and inclusion to top class coaching in a safe, controlled and fun environment which will improve skills and maximise potential. For those players who show exceptional ability the Centre of Excellence offers advanced coaching to Premier League Standards. Football is a wonderful way to encourage young people to improve their fitness and develop their communication and good team work – essential skills as they grow up. The Premier Football Academy utilizes the expertise and experience of one of English Footballs most successful clubs, Everton F.C., who have been successful in developing young players and promoting football in the community. The Premier Football Academy in Association with Everton F.C. is sure to have a positive impact upon development of football within Kuwait.

Frank Baker British Ambassador to Kuwait


Everton F.C. is the official partner of The Premier GOAL Academy, located in Shaab Park, Kuwait, bringing English Premier League experience, opportunities and standards to the State of Kuwait. Everton Football Club has been at the forefront of English Football ever since the club was formed in 1878 having won countless honours in both domestic and European competitions. This famous Premiership Club can boast many famous managers and players over the years, a world class stadium and huge fan base.

Everton Football Club has a world renowned youth development policy and looks forward to a productive association with The Premier GOAL Academy, Kuwait in supporting the development of players with the potential to play at the highest level. Manchester United and England player

Wayne Rooney is one of the many promising young professional players to come through the Everton Youth Development programme. Paul Harris, Everton F.C. International Development Manager is very enthusiastic about the new Premier GOAL Academy in association with Everton F.C. The EvertonWay online coaching programme is available to all aspiring players and coaches on: This programme provides a structured and comprehensive curriculum developed by some of the English Premier League clubs top coaches. It is proven in developing young players to play professionally in the number one league in the World. Paul and his team of specialist coaching staff will visit Kuwait to support the development of the Premier GOAL Academy, with selected players invited to train at the Everton Academy. Over eighty players from Kuwait have visited Everton F.C. Academy during 2009-2011, with the next group of 35 players travelling to the UK in April 2012.


Chairman Mr. Ahmad I. Al-Shatti

Baker Al-Nazer - Executive Director


Mike Finn - Academy Director

The Premier GOAL Academy – Kuwait’s Centre of Excellence provides the Premier League experience for all players to enjoy and develop their football skills and experience here in Kuwait. The Premier GOAL Academy is affiliated with top English Premier League side Everton F.C. Youngsters in the Academy will have the opportunity to follow a proven coaching programme that has developed some of the finest young players in England, including Wayne Rooney. Players will follow the Everton Way online coaching programme and receive coaching sessions from fully qualified and experienced English F.A. and UEFA coaches, all certified by Everton F.C. The Premier GOAL Academy aims to provide the best opportunities for young players to maximize their potential in a safe, controlled and fun environment. The P.G.A. offers: •Top class playing facilities and equipment •Experienced and qualified English F.A./UEFA Coaches •Proven coaching programme from Everton F.C. – the EvertonWay •Coaching courses for all ability levels from 3 to 16 years of age •Centre of Excellence programme for advanced players aged from 7 to 18 years of age •Tournaments for all players •Regular fixtures for Centre of Excellence teams -With opportunities to compete at the highest level in Europe and the Middle East. Tours and tournaments in Bahrain, U.A.E. and Manchester/Liverpool, England this season 2011-12 including attending live Premiership matches, stadium tours and training at the Everton Academy in Liverpool -Visits from top English (Everton F.C.) and Scottish (Glasgow Celtic F.C.) Premier League Coaches twice a year to Kuwait -Trials and training at professional clubs in the U.K. for selected players. We invite you to join us for what is sure to be an exciting and rewarding season ahead! Mr. Ahmad I. Al-Shatti - Chairman Baker Al-Nazer- Executive Director Mike Finn - Academy Director


Back Row (standing left to right)

Front Row (seated left to right)

Yousaf Junior Karl Peter Khalid Keith Agheel Corie David Bader Mohamed


Kit Manager and Assistant Coach Coach (Coaching Course 3-5 year olds) Assistant Coach Centre of Excellence Coach Specialist Goalkeeping Coach Coach (Coaching Course 9-11 year olds) Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Coach (Coaching Course 6-8 year olds) Assistant Coach Assistant Coach/Freestyle Coach

Liam Baker Mike Darren

Centre of Excellence Coach (Under 11’s/Girls Coach)

Centre of Excellence Coach (Under 13’s)

Executive Director Academy Director Centre of Excellence Coach (Under 14’s)

Callum Centre of Excellence Coach

(Under 12’s)

Not Pictured; Roman; Director of Coaching & Centre of Excellence Coach Under 16’s/ 17’s Not Pictured; Alfie; Centre of Excellence Coach Under 10’s/15’s


We fully support the English Football

Association’s Respect campaign and attach the Code of Conduct endorsed by Everton F.C. We believe we all have a responsibility to ensure that football is played in a safe, secure environment that promotes positive attitudes and enjoyment. At the Premier Football Academy, Players, Parents and Coaches are expected to abide by this Code of Conduct – please read it carefully.

Young Players


When playing football, I will:

I will:

Always do my best, even if we’re losing or the other team is stronger Play fairly - I won’t cheat, complain or waste time Never be rude to my team-mates, the other team, the referee, spectators or my coach/team manager Do what the referee tells me Shake hands with the other team and referee at the end of the game Listen to my coach/team manager and respect what he/ she says Talk to someone I trust, for example my parents or the club welfare officer if I’m unhappy about anything at my club.

Remain outside the field of play and behind the Designated Spectator Area (where provided) Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour Always respect the match officials’ decisions Applaud effort and good play as well as success

In addition, when attending youth games I will: Remember that children play for FUN Let the coaches do their job and not confuse the players by telling them what to do Encourage the players to respect the opposition and match officials Never criticise a player for making a mistake -mistakes are part of learning


Coaches I will: Show respect to others involved in the game including match officials, opposition players, coaches, managers, officials and spectators Adhere to the Laws of the Game Display and promote high standards of behaviour Always respect the match officials’ decisions Never enter the field of play without the referee’s permission Never engage in public criticism of the match officials Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour.

When working with players, I will: Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each player above everything, including winning Explain exactly what I expect of players and what they can expect from me Ensure the parents/carers of all players under the age of 18 understand these expectations Refrain from, and refuse to tolerate any form of bullying Develop mutual trust and respect with every player to build their self-esteem Encourage each player to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance Ensure all activities I organise are appropriate for the players’ ability level, experience, age and maturity Co-operate fully with others in football (e.g. officials, doctors, physiotherapists) for each player’s best interests






Wayne Rooney attended the Everton F.C. Academy, following the Everton Way Coaching Programme, before making his first team debut at 16 years of age and rising to international stardom.


Our aim at the Premier GOAL Academy is to enable all our young players to access the Everton Way

At the Premier GOAL Academy in association with Everton F.C. we follow the Everton Way (, a complete Academy Player Development Programme, developed by coaches at Everton Football Club. This proven programme has enabled dozens of young players to progress into the Everton First Team and play in the English Premier League, thousands more young players have developed their playing potential through this programme. Our aim at the Premier GOAL Academy is to enable all our young players to access the Everton Way and develop physically, mentally, tactically and technically, enabling them to fulfil their playing potential. Players will learn individual moves, firstly mastering

the technique then applying the move in unopposed then increasingly competitive match play. Here are some of the individual moves our players will master using BOTH feet; Fake Take, Fake Fake Take, Circle Take, Circle Circle Take, Stop Turn, Drag Back, Inside Hook, Outside Hook, Bish Bash, Scissors, Inside Inside Flick, Studs Turn, Toe Roll, Late Touch, Okocha, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Cruyff, Maradona. To introduce the moves we ask the player to shout the moves out loud and talk to the feet. We gradually introduce more complex coaching as players develop. Here are some of the topics covered within our coaching sessions; Dribbling, Turning, Running with the Ball, Passing and

Receiving, Defending, Goalkeeping, Movement, Overlaps, Diagonal runs, Creating Space, Awareness, Improvisation, Disguise, Attacking, Shooting, Throw-ins, Corners, Defending, Roles, Formations. Players will also develop speed and endurance. Good acceleration is essential in football. A player who can accelerate quickly has more chance of getting to the ball or into space before an opponent. We use SAQ’s (Speed and Quickness) excercises; plyometrics, hurdles and ladder drills combined with ball skills to improve start speed and acceleration. Team Games will enable players to apply what they have been practising in Matchplay.


Senior Coaches from Glasgow Celtic F.C. visited Kuwait to support football development and provide expert coaching to hundreds of young players attending the Premier GOAL Academy. Greig Robertson, the International Academy Development Officer and Senior Youth Team Coach at Celtic was joined by Mark Reid, Senior Football Development Officer and Senior Youth Team Coach. Greig and Mark visited Kuwait as part of their role to develop strong working relationships with clubs and associations globally focusing on key elements such as coach education, player development, talent identification, facilitating tours to Scotland and parent education. Both hold elite level coaching positions at Celtic F.C., working with the very best young players in the country and focusing on development of technique and game awareness. They delivered the


P.G.A. coaching sessions during the five day visit, training all age groups and casting a close eye over some of Kuwaits’ most talented young players at the Premier Goal Academy based at Shaab Park. In addition they provided certified coaches education sessions for over forty local football coaches, visited the Sheikh Jaber National Stadium and held productive talks with clubs from the Kuwait Football Federation and the Ministry of Education. The visit was organised by the P.G.A. and supported by H.E. the British Ambassador, Mr. Frank Baker, and the Movenpic Hotel, Salmiya. The support and active involvement of Scottish Premier League giants Glasgow Celtic alongside the association with English Premier League club Everton ensures that players at the Premier GOAL Academy receive the very best football development programme available in the State of Kuwait.



The Premier GOAL Academy in association with Everton Football Club of the English Premier League held a fantastic five day Winter Football Coaching Camp at Shaab Park in December. Coaching sessions, fun and games took place from 0930 to 1330 daily for players from beginner to advanced levels led by fully qualified UEFA coaches following the Evertonway curriculum. Individual skills and techniques were developed through a series of training exercises, games and activities with daily competitions and team matches. The Winter Camp attracted over 50 players from 3 to 14 years of age and great progress was achieved by everyone. On the final day presentation ceremony all the players received a football, medal, certificate and gift bag full of goodies and surprises from sponsors Saud Aujan and Bros. Co., concluding a most successful and enjoyable week. The Winter Camp dates for this season 201112 are from Sunday 18 December – Thursday 22 December inclusive 09301330 daily. Register early to avoid disappointment! 27


Weekly Schedule Timing Friday

Shaab Park

9:00 13:00 14:30

11:00 14:30 16:00

Coaching Course Ages 3-16 Centre of Excellence Under-9,10,11,12. Centre of Excellence Under-13,14,15,16,17


Shaab Park

9:00 11:00 13:00 15:00

11:00 13:00 15:00 17:00

Centre of Excellence Centre of Excellence Centre of Excellence Coaching Course

Under-9,10,11,12. Under-13,14,all GK Under-15,16,17 Ages 3-16


Shaab Park



Centre of Excellence



Shaab Park



Centre of Excellence Under-13,14,15,16,17


Shaab Park

16:00 17:00

17:00 19:00

Schools Coaching Coaching Course

Ages 4-16 Ages 6-16

17:00 17:30

19:00 18:30

Girls Coaching Freestyle

Ages 12-16 Ages 10-16





Gala Presentaion Evening

One day a week coaching course for 5 weeks: KD 45 Two days a week coaching course for 5 weeks: KD 85 Three days a week coaching course or Centre of Excellence for 5 weeks: KD 120 29

A good diet won’t turn you into Superman but it will make sure that you play to the best of your ability throughout the whole match because: • Energy stores will be high enough to last the full 90 minutes. • Concentration will be better. • There will be less of a chance of getting injured. Players who eat a good diet for energy run longer, sprint more, keep their concentration longer, and are less likely to get injured. Players at Academy level are increasingly playing with the benefit of a good diet.

THE BASICS Having a good diet for playing football is about three things: • Eating high carbohydrate foods. • Drinking plenty of fluids. • Eating a balanced diet.

High Carbohydrates foods: You body has two main sources of energy – carbohydrate (used during hard and easy exercise) and fat (used only during easy exercise). Your body contains only small amounts of carbohydrate stores and these are likely to run out near the end of a match. People who eat more carbohydrate in their diet store more in their body. So, the simple message is to eat plenty of carbohydrates and don’t run out of energy!


A balanced diet:

Just as important as eating plenty of carbohydrates is keeping yourself well topped up with fluids. In a match you can lose 1-2.5kg of body weight from sweat loss! This will effect your ability to complete exercise because you will overheat, and lose your concentration throughout the match. Our advice is to drink plenty of fluids!

It is important to eat different foods because no single food type gives you everything you need. Your body needs a variety of foods to get all the nutrients (vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins, carbohydrates) you need to stay healthy, train hard and play better.

As you can see it’s easy to get the basics right – eating plenty of carbohydrates, drinking plenty of fluids and eating different foods. We’ll now look at which foods will provide you with the best sources of energy for meal times.





Breakfast is said to be “the most important meal of the day”. If you don’t eat well in the morning, or if you skip breakfast altogether, then your body will have to look for other energy stores. This is taken from your muscle! So, if you haven’t had your breakfast then you might find that what’s on the menu is actually yourself! The table shows breakfast foods that are excellent, good and bad for your performance.

For lunch you should be eating sandwiches or salad, baguettes with lean meat such as turkey, chicken or tuna. Baked potatoes with tuna and baked beans, or spaghetti with chicken are also good. These foods are low in fat and contain a good source of carbohydrates. For dessert you could eat yoghurt or fruits such as bananas, apples, oranges, grapes, or strawberries. The table below shows examples of excellent, good and bad foods to eat.

Dinner for many people is the main meal of the day and so you must try and get the right types of foods for this meal.

EXCELLENT Wholemeal toast and jam Baked beans Cereal and skimmed milk Fruit or fruit juice

EXCELLENT Baked potatoes with tuna or baked beans. Turkey, chicken or tuna sandwich Pasta Salad Fruit or fruit juice Yoghurt

EXCELLENT Chicken (fillet, no skin, boiled or oven cooked) Fish (not in batter) Baked, boiled, or mash potatoes Boiled rice Pasta Salad and vegetables

GOOD Lean turkey bacon Muffins Eggs Yoghurt

GOOD Turkey bacon sandwich or baguette Egg sandwich or baguette Jaffa cakes Low fat crisps Pancakes

GOOD Grilled lean steak Pasta bake Lasagne (made with low fat cheese and lean mince beef) Spaghetti Bolognese (made with lean mince beef)

BAD Sausages Fatty Beef bacon Hash browns Cheese

BAD Cheese sandwich Beef bacon Chips or fries Burgers Fried chicken Pizza Fried eggs

BAD Cheese burgers Pizza Sausages Fried meat Fried chips/fries Fried rice Fast food

HOW to get the right types of foods for Dinner?

Players who eat a good diet for energy run longer, sprint more, keep their concentration longer, and are less likely to get injured.

Try to keep you fat intake low. Oven chips/fries (particularly thick cut chips) are better than fried chips/fries, as they contain less fat and are also a good source of carbohydrates. When frying chips/fries try and use thick cut, as this will reduce the amount of fat consumed. Burgers, pies and sausages should only be eaten rarely during the week. Try to increase the amount of carbohydrate you eat. Eat more pasta, rice, potatoes and vegetables. When eating meat, e.g. chicken, beef or lamb, cut off the excess fat. This will reduce the amount of fat consumed and reduce body fat.


SNACKS Snacks are an important top-up of a player’s diet and all players can benefit from these types of food. There are plenty of snacks that are easily available (e.g. crisps, chocolate bars). However, it is important to choose the snacks that are best for your performance. Eat snacks that are low in fat and high in carbohydrates. Eat lots of fruit To avoid having to buy crisps or chocolate bars, bring snacks with you. Try not to consume large amounts directly before going to bed. EXCELLENT Fruit Cereal Pasta Beans on Wholemeal Toast Sandwiches GOOD Chocolate Yoghurt Nuts Cheese Noodles BAD Crisps Cakes Sweets Fast foods

FLUIDS Other than low energy stores, dehydration is the other main cause of fatigue. Even small levels of dehydration will make performance worse. Fluid intake is so important even special rules are made to allow athletes to rehydrate during competition in hot climates such as the 1994 World Cup in America, where players were allowed to drink at the touchline. As much as 3 litres of water can be lost during a match. Water is the purest form of fluid in the body. Drinking water can help flush out toxins in the body and speed recovery after activity. Fruit and cordial drinks after exercise increases fluid uptake, speeding up the rate of re-hydration. Scientific studies have proven that Sports drinks such as Lucozade Sport have more energy in them than water allowing you to run for longer and recover more quickly. Don’t drink fizzy drinks before, during or directly after exercise, this can make performance worse. EXCELLENT Water Fruit Juice Sports drinks Skimmed milk GOOD Whole milk Cordial Milk shakes BAD Fizzy drinks


Training sessions and games are different to other activities carried out during the week because: They last longer (up to 90 minutes at least) Players very rarely stop running The amount of work carried out during a game or training session eats away at your energy stores. Players get tired towards the end of a game or practice session and this is a signal that energy stores are low. So, to have as much energy available as possible, players need to prepare well beforehand.

Professional footballers often get into routines over the foods they eat before training or playing a match. These meals are high in energy and are eaten in good time beforehand in the form of a main meal or snacks. Tony Hibbert - “It is essential that football players pay attention to what they eat and drink. If you eat and drink the wrong things at the wrong times you are not giving yourself the best chance�.



Main meals need to be eaten 3-4 hours before training or a match. However, breakfast may be eaten with 2 hours of training.

Snacks should beforehand.





Players must also fill up on the right fluids before, during and after a game or training session. It is important to fill up on lost energy stores as soon as possible after a match or training. Players may time their main meal for 1-2 hours after but must try to eat something small immediately after. Players may not feel like something to eat straight after a game. Energy drinks are ideal as you not only restore your energy levels but also your lost fluids.

SUMMARY Eat carbohydrate containing food before and after games. Pre-match meals should be eaten 3-4 hours before. Snacks can be eaten up to 1-2 hours before a game or training session. Eat something small immediately after training or a game. Eat a high-energy meal within 2 hours after a game or practice session. Drink a large amount of fluid before, during and after training sessions and matches.






Under 10s and Under 12s in Dubai

PGA U-10s match in Dubai

The Premier GOAL Academy Under 10 and Under 12 teams travelled to Dubai to participate in the Dubai Classic Invitational Tournament in March. Each team played six 7 a side matches in the league competition held at the outstanding facilities of the American University of Sharjah. The PGA Under 12 team performed magnificently winning 5 out of six matches and finishing as tournament

runners up. The teams also achieved the most sporting trophy and Yousef Kasaby was tournament top scorer with 8 goals whilst Ali Al Qandi was voted player of the tournament for his outstanding defensive displays. The players enjoyed a well earned afternoon of fun at the Atlantis Water Park before returning to Kuwait, having once again represented Kuwait with great pride and distinction.


Over 500 players participate in Kuwaits’ Premier youth football event The 2011 Festival of Football event organized by the Premier GOAL Academy in association with Everton F.C. and sponsored by PORSCHE Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Co. was held at Shaab Park in April under the patronage of H.E. the British Ambassador, Frank Baker. The Festival kicked off early morning with the Junior Tournament and 27 teams played matches in four age groups; 3-5 years, 6-7 years, 8-9 years and 10-11 years. Each team played 6 games resulting in over 100 matches played on the 4 pitches during the course of this all day event – the biggest and best attended football tournament in Kuwaits’ sporting calendar, packed with goals, near misses, fantastic team and individual performances and most importantly, immensely enjoyable for players and spectators alike. The Senior Tournament took place throughout the afternoon with matches for under 13s, 14s, 15s and 16s teams. Over 500


players from 3 to 16 years of age participated in the event, including teams from the P.G.A./ Everton Coaching Courses and Centre of Excellence, the British School of Kuwait, British Academy of Sport, Russian Embassy School, Hawally Pakistan English School, the French School of Kuwait, American Bilingual School and SKELPS. A huge turn out of enthusiastic parents and spectators cheered and encouraged the players who were superbly organized and guided by their coaches throughout a series of exciting, closely fought and sporting matches. The P.G.A. freestyle players presented a display of amazing football tricks and skills prior to the Awards ceremony when H.E. the British Ambassador and guests from the Russian and French Embassies presented medals to all participants and certificates of appreciation to the event sponsors. Supporters of the event contributed free gifts and special offers to ensure everyone had a great time and included; PORSCHE Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors

Co., sponsors of the P.G.A. programme 2011-12, Saud Aujan & Bros Co. (Smints/Chupa Chups/ American Garden), Kuwait Food Co. Americana, Al Yasra Food Co., United Marketing Co., Light Foods (Mickey Chips) and The British School of Kuwait. H.E. the British Ambassador Frank Baker expressed his appreciation and recognition of their support for such an important community event and congratulated all the players and coaches who took part. “It’s fantastic to see so many young people participating in this programme and obviously having a great time. Apart from the joy of the game itself, football is a wonderful way to encourage young people to improve fitness and develop their communication and good teamwork – essential skills as they grow up. Congratulations to all who took part and made this fabulous event possible – to the P.G.A. organizers, the generous sponsors and all the teachers and coaches who have taught and encouraged the players and teams to such an exceptionally high standard”


PGA Everton U-17s defeat AC Milan in final to win the LOYAC Friendship Trophy


Pictured are players and coaches attending the Friday morning coaching course at Shaab Park, members of the coaching team and presentation to John Simon of Al Mulla Exchange

Al Mulla Exchange continued their generous support of community sports activities within Kuwait by sponsoring the Coaching Team of the Premier GOAL Academy in association with Everton F.C. Over thirty five coaches are involved in providing organised, high quality football training and games to over 500 young players under the Patronage of H.E. the British Ambassador, Frank Baker. Players from as young as 3 years of age up to 18 years follow the EvertonWay coaching programme with advanced players attending the Centre of Excellence and playing regular fixtures. John Simon from Al Mulla Exchange presented the coaches with their sponsored football shirts and received a Certificate of Appreciation from Academy Director, Mike Finn and Executive Director, Baker Al Nazer.


Everton and Barcelona play out 0-0 draw in Youth Tournament The Premier GOAL Academy/ Everton team met Barcelona in the final match of the Creative Youth Football Tournament held at Saifan in the presence of Sheikh Talal Al Fahad Al Ahmad Al Sabah, Acting Director of the Public Authority for Youth and Sport. The tournament also included Academy teams from River Plate, the Argentinian Club and Hassan Abul Academy and was for players aged Under 11 years of age. All the matches proved to be evenly contested with P.G.A. Everton and Barcelona drawing 0-0 in the final game. Before the presentation ceremony the Kuwait National Team led by legendary striker Bashar Abdullah played an exhibition match against the Academy Coaches resulting in a narrow 1-0 victory to Kuwait. All the players then received certificates and gifts from Sheikh Talal whilst the P.G.A. team coach, Ross Buckingham, was awarded Best Coach of the tournament. P.G.A. Directors Mike Finn and Baker Al Nazer presented Sheikh Talal with an official Everton F.C. pennant in appreciation for his support of the tournament and of youth sport in Kuwait. The successful P.G.A. team is sponsored by Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company and is the only official English Premier League Academy in Kuwait.


PGA Everton U-17s vs ASK U-19s


PGA U-14s Midweek Match vs. GAC

PGA U-14s vs Indian School U-16s

PGA Everton U-14s vs AC Milan Midweek Match

U-13s vs. GAC matchday


UK Tour The Premier GOAL Academy, Kuwaits’ Centre of Excellence, sponsored by Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, enjoyed the real English Premier League experience when 24 selected players and their coaches Mike, Baker and Roman, along with several parents, visited the UK to compete in four prestigious international matches against UK teams. They visited several Premier League Clubs to enjoy live matches and stadium tours, met several Premier League footballers and trained with Everton Football Club coaches at their training complex.

and Manchester City. The following day the Academy players were guests of Stoke City F.C. at the Britannia Stadium where they witnessed an exciting 3-0 home win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in front of a 30,000 crowd.

The first match was Leeds United vs Reading in the English Championship, followed by the 1-1 draw between Wolves and Fulham. Next was a visit to the impressive Reebok Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers to enjoy the Bolton vs. Arsenal match which ended in a dramatic win for Bolton.

The highlight of the trip for the players and coaches however was experiencing the training programme at Everton F.C’s state of the art Academy where they trained for two days alongside the Premier League Clubs professional and academy players under the expert guidance of Everton coaches Kieron and Colin. All the players showed tremendous improvement in performance and ability over the course of the tour and gained great experience which will be invaluable in their continued footballing development.

A fun filled day of thrilling rides was enjoyed by all at Blackpool Pleasure Beach – the UK’s number one tourist attraction, in a break from the football action. This was followed by the evening game between Blackburn Rovers


The next stadium visit was to the magnificent Old Trafford home of Manchester United F.C. for a tour of the stadiums changing rooms, players lounge, pitchside and museum. There was also a stadium tour of Everton’s Goodison Park and a visit to Anfield, the home of Liverpool F.C.

The matches against UK opposition, the live Premier League matches and stadium tours of Everton and Manchester United and the Everton Academy Training complex were all impressive locations on this dream trip which has provided many lasting memories for all the participating players, parents and staff of the Premier GOAL Academy. We are looking forward to our next UK tour in April 2012 which is open to Centre of Excellence players from Under 13 to Under 17 squads. Any remaining places will be offered at the end of November 2011 to Coaching Course players in these age groups followed by players from younger age groups.


Pictured are players from the Premier GOAL Academy at Old Trafford, Manchester United F.C. - home of the new English Premier League Champions. These players from Kuwait are following in the footsteps of star striker Wayne Rooney, whose penalty goal clinched the title. Rooney began his footballing development as a young player at Everton F.C., following the unique Everton way coaching curriculum. The P.G.A. in association with Everton F.C. offers the same Premier League programme that helped develop Rooney, here in Kuwait. Sponsored by Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Company, the P.G.A. coaching courses are held at Shaab Park and open to all between the ages of 3 and 18 years. There are regular trips to the UK for selected players to visit and train with top English Premier League clubs.



The Everton Way is a complete Academy programme, developed by coaches at Everton Football Club. As the Everton Way philosophy develops, so does the language. The language we use is simply a method of communication that works well with the players. Here is a glossary of some of the terms we use:

Back Foot; The receiving player’s foot furthest away from a team mate who passes to him. Bibs; Bibs are coloured tops that go over the top of your playing strip for coaching exercises. Check Your Shoulders; Have a look around. Look for space, opposing players, team mates depending on the situation. Cushion; An instruction to take the pace off the ball. Decision; A coaching question to ask if the player has chosen the right technique or pass for any given situation. Excite Me; A prompt for coaches to encourage players to be more inventive. Eyes on the ball on contact; Eyes should be looking at the ball when the foot makes contact. Fix your shape; Get your body ready to receive the ball. This is likely to be on the back foot. Functions; Functions are practices designed to isolate the individual and work specifically on the area covered by the individual. Get into line; The player must make sure they are directly in front of the thrower to receive the ball to make sure they are in the best position to control the ball easily. Get in the gaps; A term used to encourage players to move into gaps between opposing players.

Phase of play; Phase of play is practice that works with units and groups in certain areas of the pitch. Playing in the hole; Playing in the space behind the oppositions midfield and ahead of the defensive line. Shaping up; Using body shape to disguise the intention of play. Take over; This is when one player takes over possession of the ball from a team mate. Tempo; Increasing the speed of play. Touch out of feet; A correctly weighted touch of the ball to aid acceleration. Tread the grapes; A term used to tell younger players to prepare and be ready to move with the ball. When instructed the players should bend their knees slightly, raise their heels off the floor and be ready to move pushing off on the balls of their feet. Units; Units are a core set of players in a match situation e.g. the defence is a unit, as is the attack. What can you do?; A coaching question to encourage the players to think about the best options available when in control of the ball.

Groups; Groups are a combination of units working together e.g. the two strikers working with the midfield or the midfield working with the back four.

What can you see?; A coaching question to encourage players to look around for options.

Instep/laces; The area on the top of the foot.

Where can you go?; A coaching question to encourage the players to trhink about their movement off the ball and where best to run.

Key points; Key points highlight what a player should concentrate on and what a coach should be looking for in developing a technique or move. The key points are set out in a logical order of things to do or action.


Patience; A prompt for coaches to encourage the players to maintain possession and wait for the right opportunity to play forward.

Touch tight; The distance a defender should stay in relation to an opposition striker – close enough to reach out and touch.


Premier Goal Academy Players Visit Porsche Showroom

Thirty Premier GOAL Academy players aged from 9 to 16 years travelled to the UK for an exciting eight day football tour in April 2011. P.G.A. sponsors Porsche Centre Kuwait, Behbehani Motors Co. received some of the UK trip participating players and accompanying staff at the Porsche Showroom, Al Rai where Brand Manager Darren Abel wished them bon voyage and good luck before presenting the players with special Porsche souvenirs, shirts, bags and tracksuits for this trip of a lifetime.




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