There are a number of ways to present a technical programme, but it has to have the facility to be broad enough to give real direction yet contain sufficient details to meet individual needs. The ideas for what this might contain are included in our 'Technical corner DNA plan' for players in the Foundation Phase.
The plan covers the three phases of the game:
- In possession
- Out of possession
It also includes suggestions about what players need to develop over the six or seven years they’re in the Foundation Phase. There shouldn’t be a rush as vital things can be missed out or only developed to a very superficial level.
Each statement in the hexagons gives a clear indication of what should be developed whilst allowing you some individual creativity as to how this might be achieved.
One of the hexagons in the ‘stay on the ball’ section of ‘In possession’ says the player “is prepared to ‘hide’ the ball when under pressure, securing possession until a positive opportunity arises”.
If a player already does this quite well, then they might be working on another hexagon, for example: “explores ways to eliminate opponents with steals, dribbles and passes”.
This means that within the same game-like practices your players can be given individual challenges that meet their own development needs and are in line with the England DNA. This is a great combination.
However, there shouldn’t be a rush to complete each and every hexagon. In fact this would be nigh on impossible, but this plan could easily stay with your players into the next phase of their development and give you real clarity of direction for your work with them. This will give each player the opportunity to reach their full potential, wherever this takes them.
If attention and time is given to each part, this plan will provide a clear direction for each player, but it’s not prescriptive. It allows for different priorities at different times; it allows for individual players to be challenged and it allows the coach to be creative in how they meet the requirements outlined in the plan. This means that each player’s journey is bespoke, giving them exactly what they might need in order for them to develop and grow in line with the England DNA.
This will act as a DNA framework to help you meet your players’ individual needs and is a huge step towards implementing the DNA long-term, giving you a really clear vision for the journey you would like to take your players on.
To learn more about Foundation Phase DNA, click here.