Oakham Festival

August 18, 2014

HOW is the money raised by the Supporters Club half time 50/50 draw spent?

This report below highlights ONE of the THREE key areas for expenditure from this season’s fund-raising.

We will include articles later in the  season to explain the main current objectives of the 50/50 raffle more fully.

Bristol Rovers academy took part in a development festival held at Oakham school in Rutland last weekend. This was an opportunity for players to train, play and live together for 4 nights and also give the coaches a chance to reinforce playing philosophy and put on practices that would help players achieve their own individual objectives during the matches.

Oakham School

Oakham School provided fantastic playing and training facilities and provided accommodation and food for the players during our stay.

Academy manager Tom Curtis, Head of coaching Jonny Henderson, Performance psychology manager David Buckwell and Lead sports scientist Chris Cone made up the coaching party that accompanied a mixture of u16 and u15 players.

youth Squad V Burton albion
(Under15/16 Academy squad that ran out comfortable winners against Burton Albion side.)

Games against Burton Albion, Leyton Orient and Peterborough United saw Rovers remain unbeaten scoring 9 goals and conceding 5. Dan Laminan (4) Lewis Ellington (3) Newman Ball (1) Alfie Clarke (1).

Youth team v leyton orient
(Under15/16 Academy team that earned a draw against a competitive Leyton Orient side).

As well as technical and tactical practice, players were encouraged to socialize together and the staff organised a number of team building games and activities that certainly made a difference to the performances on the pitch.

 Trips like these are a fantastic way of bringing the players together in the pre season so that we as an Academy can introduce concepts that they will be working on for the rest of the season.

 The Academy mission is to produce technically proficient and tactically aware players who can perform firstly in the Bristol Rovers first team, but also beyond.

 We encourage the players to be brave on the ball, play out from the back and through midfield to produce goal-scoring opportunities. All players have an attacking and a defensive responsibility no matter what position they play.

 We emphasize, hard work and commitment and competitiveness, and believe that players cannot survive on talent alone.

 “Its great for me as a coach to spend time with the players in an environment like this, its also gives me a chance to work closely with the other coaches and design practices that can make a big difference to the development of the players” .

youth team session

(Under 15/16s taking part in a recovery session with  Chris Cone, Lead Sports Science Coach).

Jonny Henderson


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