April 25, 2011
With a successful year coming to an end, registration for the second year of Project 4.0, a developmental soccer training academy, will open on Tuesday, April 26th. Project 4.0, under the guidance of the Florida State Soccer staff, is a training academy for players in 2nd through 8th grade that allows players the unique opportunity to work with current college coaches and FSU players.
“The FSU coaches run the practices. They don’t oversee them and walk away. The top college players in the world are there to demonstrate and model proper technique. The impact of Project 4.0 on our young players has been profound” said Dave Scott, Director of Tallahassee United Futball Club and parent of a Project 4.0 participant.
The training sessions, held on the FSU soccer fields, focus on technique and skill development through small group instruction. Project 4.0 is held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:00PM and is designed to supplement club or school training. In order to better accommodate the interests of the community, the program has been expanded to the first 60 registrants, on a first-come, first served basis.
Project 4.0 was established to address the need for quality player development in the community. Florida State Head Coach Mark Krikorian noted his desire to someday be able to recruit players from the Tallahassee area. “We want to be able to give these kids an opportunity to develop so that they can play at the highest level possible. Our goal is to be able to recruit players right here in our backyard and to develop the male players to be able to compete at the top colleges as well.”
Chip Chadwell, Head Girls Soccer Coach at Chiles High School, sees the benefits of Project 4.0 transfer to his high school team. “It has helped develop and fine tune individual skills that can be brought into a team atmosphere. My team has certainly benefited from the confidence, development, and execution of the skills learned over the past year at Project 4.0”.
Goalkeeper-specific training will also be available from FSU Goalkeeper Coach Mike Bristol. In order to develop the whole player, players in grades 2nd through 8th interested in goalkeeper training will work with field players for the first hour and then transition to goalkeeper-specific drills for the last 30 minutes. Goalkeeping training is also available from 5:30-6:30PM for high-school aged players.
Project 4.0 is designed around four basic principles: Commitment, Education, Leadership and Excellence. Coaches will encourage players to strive for excellence in both academics and athletics and will provide players with opportunities to develop leadership skills.
Krikorian added, “We think it’s important to address all aspects of the player, so that they leave this program not only as better soccer players, but also as well-rounded people, with a better understanding of what it means to be a good teammate, and the leadership skills required to be successful in all areas of life.”
Please be advised that last year registration reached capacity in 36 hours with a waiting list of 20 players. For more information, please contact the FSU Soccer office at 850-645-3200 or visit http://seminolesoccercamps.com/.