The pre-academy phase has three main aims: to introduce players to the fundamental skills that they will be able to take back to their junior clubs and school teams; to enable players to become familiar with the facility, staff and surroundings at Hibernian Football Club; to assess players that might join our full Academy programme at a later date.
Our youngest boys will be given the opportunity to develop in a variety of positions with the aim of giving them all round ball mastery. The curriculum has several strands including technical, tactical, physical, psychological, social, life skills and video analysis etc.
Coaches will start to instil a practice mentality at this age.
As boys reach the older age groups, the emphasis on tactical development becomes greater. However, technical development will still underpin the training programme. Position-specific master classes are introduced in this phase as players start to hone their skills to focus on one or two positions.
The coaches instilling a practice and winning mentality at this age. The curriculum will have a greater emphasis on tactical development and place greater demands on the players to see how they cope with the modern professional game. Players that excel in the U15 to U18 squads are quickly accelerated to the Development squad where they will train in order to challenge themselves further.
On leaving full time education the most talented players are given an opportunity to embark upon a two year contract (also referred to as an apprenticeship). A key component at this stage is for players to undertake 6 or 12 monthly development “loans” with other professional clubs in any of the senior leagues in Scotland which enables them to train with Hibernian but play for their “loan” team at the weekend.
The Development Squad programme will mirror many aspects of the first team squad as the development player’s work alongside senior players at The Hibernian Training Centre. Players that excel in the Development Squad are quickly accelerated to the first team squad where they will train in order to challenge themselves further.