The Foundation Phase covers the U9-U12 teams with the main focus of training on having fun, enjoying their football while mastering the fundamentals of the game.
At this level, coaches and teams focus on mastering skills, learning deliberate practice, expressing creativity and enjoying the game. This is with the aim to make sure they are technically sound, have the physical movement, make them 1v1 solo artists, learn how to adapt and learn while playing with no fear.
At Foundation level, the teams will play regular friendly matches against other academies such as Scunthorpe, Rotherham and Burton Albion in order for all players to learn more about game play.
They will also have the option to attend football festival weekend and the Sheffield Trophy which focus on enjoyment of tournament football. In the 2018/19 season, the U12 team were given the opportunity to travel to Milan in order to continue their development.
Leading into the 2019/20 season, teams from Florida, New York and Arizona have visited the Keepmoat Stadium as part of their tours to the UK. This provides fantastic experiences for our younger players to pit their wits against talents from overseas.