Information About The Shrewsbury Town AcademyThe aim of Shrewsbury Town Football Club's Academy is to create
players who are comfortable on the ball and make good decisions
when in or out of possession.
The Club aims to achieve this by creating themed training sessions that
reflect the relationship between training and match situations.
Within each training session, each player will be provided with a learning
objective to help focus their learning on the theme being worked on.
The teaching styles of the coaches in the Academy will be flexible but with
a predominant preference of question-and-snswer and guided discovery
across the phases.
However, other coaching styles such as the command style, observation
and feedback, and trial and error will be used at different times.
By using our preferred styles of coaching the Club will encourage the
players to think independently or work alongside others to gain benefit.
The Club believes that by coaching in this way the player will develop a
sense of responsibility for their learning that will stay with them for the rest
of their careers.
Academy Playing Style
The preferred playing style that all of the Shrewsbury Town Academy teams,
from under-9s upto under-18s, will adopt can be seen below.
When in possession of the ball
1. Play out from the back.
2. Play through the thirds of the pitch.
3. Players look to find or create space whether making the pitch as big as
possible (dispersal), playing between the lines, standing still, playing on the
shoulder of the opposition, rotating, or breaking width.
4. Individual players are encouraged to show creative expression.
Within the transition the Academy teams will look to
1. Upon regaining possession of the ball
a. Can we try to counter attack quickly.
If this is not possibe
b. Can we try to build controlled possession to start an attack.
2. Upon losing possession of the ball
a. Can we try to press the opponent in possession early.
If this is not possible
b. Can we try to delay and drop deep to regain our shape.
When out of possession our teams will look to
1. Press as high up the pitch as possible to regain possession.
2. If this is not possible, try to delay and drop deep to regain shape
(compact) and wait for the right moment to press.
At no point in the foundation phase, youth development phase or
professional development phase does the Academy prioritise the outcome
of a match before performance.
However, the Academy wants its players to be competitive in every task
which they are set while upholding high standards of sportsmanship and
The Academy does not focus on the team’s performance, it focuses on each
player's own performance as it is the individual’s development that is most