Please see below answers to some common questions for players and parents.
Q – My son has been invited to attend a training night at Hibernian. What does this mean for him and me, his parent?
A – Firstly it means that your son has been identified by our player ID team as someone with potential. To allow our technical coaching staff the opportunity to work with him at close quarters, we would like him to attend a weekly Academy squad training session for his age group. Before coming in we will speak with his club and you to agree a convenient day and time to train. We would welcome you to attend with him and you are able to watch each session if you wish.
Q – My son wants to come along but is worried he won’t be able to train or play for his club /school. He enjoys training and playing with his friends and he doesn’t want to let them down. Does he have to stop playing for his club?
A – Absolutely not. Firstly we will agree a day and time that suits all parties. Ideally our squads will train at times that will allow the player to train both with his club and one day a week with Hibernian. His club sessions will take priority and training at Hibernian will not interfere with his game preparation. When we wish to see your son in a game situation we will liaise closely with his club to agree a date that, should there be a clash with your son’s club fixtures, his club coach feels able to release him for that day without any detriment to his team.
Q – What’s expected of me?
A – Players are expected to continue to work hard in training and matches with their own club – and also show a desire and good work ethic when attending Academy coaching sessions.
Q – How long will the training sessions last before we know what is happening?
A – There is no fixed period of time. The period he spends with us is as long as Hibernian and you, the parent, think is appropriate. We will aim to arrive at a collective agreement on the best way to proceed. Throughout his time with us we will keep a dialogue with yourself and his club coaches.
Q – Will we be kept informed about how he is doing?
A – Yes. It is important that you, your son and his club feel that you are being updated on how he is doing. The coaches will take time to let me know informally how I am progressing. You should feel comfortable about asking them for feedback. Twice a year we have a more formal feedback session with you and your parents.
Q – What happens at the end of these training sessions?
A – We have a number of options here. Again any decisions taken will be following discussion with you, your son and his club. Should we believe that your son would benefit from joining the Hibernian Academy we would look to agree a suitable date for him to transfer his registration. In most cases It would be our preference to wait until the end of the current season. This is being fair to his club and team mates. If we believe that it would be better at this stage of your son’s development to continue his football with his local club, we would simply agree an end to the regular training sessions. Our player ID team would continue to monitor your sons’ progress and keep us informed.