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Balcatta FC's Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) is delivered to players in our Junior NPL Pathway by our Technical Director and our Junior NPL Coaches.


The program is designed to accelerate the skill development of identified players between the critical ages of 9 to 12. This is the age group universally acknowledged to be the optimal mental and physical phase in which children are able to learn motor skills.

Session focus on individual skill development, and using the "hidden learning" approach develops the players tactical knowledge and ability. Coaches use training exercises which involve as many of the game-specific resistances (team-mates, opponents, direction, goals, etc) as possible, so that game awareness is automatically developed.

Whats is all about?

What is it?​

  • Small-sided football games

Who is it for?

  • Boys and girls aged 8-12

  • Players within the Balcatta FC NPL Pathway Program

When is it played?

  • April- August

  • Additional session provided monthly

What does it look like?​

  • Team-based games of 4v4, 7v7 and 9v9

  • Modified rules to promote inclusiveness, engagement and technical ability

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