The Boston Breakers are proud to announce the formation of a new Academy program focused on individual player development. The Academy will look to develop players technically, tactically, and physically for the next level by placing players in ability grouped training pools where players are continually challenged. Programming will be structured to match players specific developmental needs.
The Boston Breakers Academy will launch in the spring of 2013 and will be comprised of U9, U10, U11, and U12 girls’ training pools as well as a U20 team that will feature some of the best regional college players. The U9-U12 academies will run in the spring and fall and include an end-of-season jamboree.
"I am excited about the Boston Breakers Academy," Boston Breakers Head Coach Lisa Cole said. "The Academy, at the youngest ages, will focus on individual player development. Providing young players with the skills of the game, developing an appreciation for training, teaching basic principles that lead to success on the field regardless of formation and team. In addition, Academy players will have great in person role models, to watch in games, training, and be coached by with our Boston Breakers senior players."
The Breakers Academy is for players in town programs who seek advanced training and extra development in addition to town team training. The Academy focuses on building technical skill, ball mastery, and basic tactical instruction. The teams will be coached by members of the Boston Breakers, as well as fully licensed coaches.
"This is a natural progression for our organization. We have some of the top resources in the country at our disposal," Breakers General Manager Lee Billiard said. "This is not only an opportunity for us to grow our Boston Breakers brand, but to continue our mission to help grow young soccer talent. The Boston Breakers Academy will also provide an avenue for our professional players who want to give back and see coaching as the perfect means to do so."
The U9-U12 teams each will have one or two development practice sessions per week over an 8-week season and players receive an official Boston Breakers Academy training uniform. The U9-U12 Academy Program will be supplemental to town practices with partnering towns housing practice sessions restricting travel for parents and players.
The U20 Academy Program will launch in the late spring through the summer providing top training to college players during their off season. Players will practice 2-3 times a week and play competitive games in the Northeast Atlantic - North Division of the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL).
"In addition to the U9-U12 Academy, Reserve team, and our senior team, the U20 team is a commitment by us as an organization to be involved in players development at all ages," Cole said, regarding the U20 Academy team program. "With the kids in our community, with the players coming back from college, players some day may be on our roster if we focus on the right things early. Let the full senior team be judged on the wins and losses, but the Academy will be about preparing players to be successful at the next level."
Those taking part in the U20 program have the opportunity to train alongside the Boston Breakers senior professional team.
"The Breakers have always had a few young high school, college, and National Team players jump into training over the years with us because we feel that it is important for players to realize there is another level and pace you can play the game at, but you need to be technically proficient," Cole said. "You need to think ahead and play to your strengths. We have seen the benefits of this training when these players go back to their college teams. A good example of this is Maddy Evans, who has spent the last two summers with the Breakers Reserve team and in the full team’s training, and is now having great success at Penn State."
Academy families will receive special discounts on Boston Breakers game tickets as well as a discount on online store orders.
For more information on becoming a U9-U12 partnering town, to register for any of the U9-U12 or U20 Academy teams contact the Boston Breakers Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 617-893-0132.