The GFA Foundation Academy is proudly supported by AZTEC GROUP who have been dedicated supporters to the Academy product since 2010. With players ranging from Under 7’s through to Under 11’s, the principal aim of the GFA Foundation Academy is to identify and nurture the island’s talented and up and coming boys and girls within these age groups. Through regular sessions and game based coaching, the emphasis is largely based around the FA 4 Corner Model, where the Academy players will receive quality coaching in a fun, safe and aspirational environment. The GFA Academy season is split within 3 terms with a core focus for each period as follows:
Term 1: IN POSSESSION
Term 2: TRANSITION
Term 3: OUT OF POSSESSION
Whilst the ethos continues to remain focused on being more inclusive than exclusive, we have recently embarked on a 2 tiered approach within each age group where each Academy player receives a unique scorecard system each term, evaluating key attributes that we have identified from the FA 4 Corner Model and relevant to that terms subject. The 2 tiers at each age group are defined via the scorecard system and these are reviewed by the coaches each term to identify any movement.
The tier system allows for inter academy and local match based opportunities and as we continue to develop these further this will underpin the skills and attributes delivered to the players by the age group coaching teams. Whilst we endeavour to offer off island trips and match opportunities for the Academy players this is becoming increasingly more difficult due to the logistical issues and high travel costs associated with living on Guernsey. We will continue to provide opportunities however to the age groups within the GFA Foundation Academy, these include tournaments in Jersey, competitions in France and Academy matches through our established links with Bristol City and AFC Bournemouth.