Second open letter to the Academy's parents

Dear Parents,


Thank you so much from all of us for your support to the FC Five Dock Academy. This is our second term and we are learning a lot thanks to you and for this, we are extremely grateful.


This term is almost finished and, apart from the weather, everything went pretty smooth from our side:

- We have seen the kids participating and having fun

- Our coaches were really happy with the progress made

- The academy successfully implemented the changes that were announced in our previous open letter to parents*.


We are now launching term 2 of 2021 but before that, we would like to share with you a couple of things:

  • Our vision

  • What we have learned this term

  • 2021 sessions

If you are not interested in reading all the changes and thinking behind them, and you are ready to register your child for the 2021 Term 2 Academy please head to https://www.fcfivedock.com.au/shop


OUR VISION

F.C. Five Dock is committed to providing all players an inclusive, fun, and positive environment to learn and play football. We commit to holding ourselves, our members, and all players accountable to those values.

  • Player-centric: we put our players at the centre of our project.

  • Inclusive: we welcome everyone. Sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, religious discrimination, and bigotry of all kinds have nothing to do with the game of soccer.

  • Fun and Positive: We believe that by being positive and collaborative all players have more fun and they acquire better skills. We oppose any form of discrimination and aggression towards teammates, club members, other players, or referees. Our motto is #havefun #trainhard and #playfair.

  • Collaborative: We don't have everything figured out, good ideas can come from everywhere. We are here to listen and learn as well.

Being player-centric means that we wanted to plan our activities for the good of the players. The academy was created with that in mind and specifically to fill a couple of gaps:


  • Seasonal gaps: With the regular season only happening between April and September, kids have a break from learning for about 6 months. As you can see, in the long term they miss out on quite a lot of football and social skills (confidence, etc)

  • Professional training gap: During the regular season, it’s normally parents who volunteer that coach your children. We are ever so grateful that they do this and the club wouldn’t be able to run without them. Nevertheless, often parents train, at best, the same way they were taught 30 years ago and in the worst scenario, they coach without knowing what they are really doing. By putting the burden of coaching these fundamental skills on parents or untrained coaches we are doing a disservice to the kids. The academy is one of the 2 activities we are doing to mitigate this gap. At the academy, we hire certified and qualified coaches that have studied the latest best practice in teaching kids football skills.

  • Infrastructure gap: Our long-term dream is to be able to have top-grade infrastructures (equipment and field) where our children can learn and enjoy the game. The academy is allowing us to invest in this vision.


WHAT WE HAVE LEARNT THIS TERM:

It’s important for us to share what we have learned this term so it’s easier for you to understand some of the changes we will make next term.


  • You loved pretty much every aspect of the academy with an expected dip on the pricing side due to the increase we had at the beginning of the year.

Nevertheless, when asked whether it was good value for money, you told us that you thought it was.


The same answer when asked whether your child enjoyed the sessions.

We have also learned that:

  • In your opinion the best part of the academy was:

  • The coaches

  • The skill learned from your child (not just football skills but others like confidence)


  • When asked about the coaches, you really liked them. Gianluca and Simon were mentioned more than once...

And last, when asked what you wished the academy had or was you gave us great ideas and feedback:

  • A tent for parents in summer

  • Better explanation of the skills the kids are learning

  • Different sessions for different levels

  • Discounted session for second child.

These are the ones we are actively working on and some are already implemented in the next term (all except the tent :) )



2021 TERM 2 SESSIONS


Apart from the changes mentioned above, we are changing the schedule for this term. As you know, games are happening during the weekend which means we can't practically run the academy during the weekend.


Also, many of our coaches have embarked into team coaching for the club which means their availability is reduced. As we won't compromise our coaching quality and we don't think we can hire more coaches in such short-time, we will run fewer sessions.


To act on one feedback of wanting session harder for kids who have higher skills, we have created 2 different sessions for U7-U9:

  • intermediate

  • advanced

After the first couple of sessions, we might move children to match skills with the level of training. Just remember that each child develops at their own pace and someone that is not at the advanced level today, can still be an amazing football player tomorrow with dedication, passion, and fun.


If you are ready to register your child for the 2021 Term 1 Academy please head to https://www.fcfivedock.com.au/shop


We hope this gives you enough visibility into the Academy work and hopefully helps you understand some of the changes.


Thank you again for your support,

F.C. Five Dock Team




* Previous open letter can be found here.