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West Ham United International ID Camp
West Ham United Academy’s International Identification Program will be in Hawaii this Fall Break!
West Ham United from London, England, have arguably one of the greatest youth academies in the world. In recent years, the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, and Glen Johnson have graduated from the West Ham United Academy. The West Ham United International Academy seeks to identify players who may one day be invited to play for the first team.
|DATES:||Maui Camp: October 9-11, 2016
Oahu Camp: October 14-16, 2016
|LOCATION:||Maui Camp: South Maui Community Park
Oahu Camp: TBA
Registration opens early August.
West Ham Identification Process
STEP 1: Hawaii Identification Camp
The Camp is open to boys and girls aged 8 to 16. Any player who excels at this Camp will be invited to the 2017 National Residential Camp. There is no limit to the number of players invited to the National Camp. Exceptional players will be invited directly to London, England.
Step 2: National Residential Camp
The National Residential Camp is staffed by coaches from the West Ham United Academy from London, England, including Academy Director, Tony Carr. Players excelling at the National Camp will be personally invited to London, England, to try out for a position on the West Ham United Academy team for his or her age group.
Step 3: West Ham United – London, England
Players are invited to London, England for a ten-day trial with West Ham United Academy’s boys’ and girls’ programs. Players will spend two weeks training with West Ham, attending a Premier League match and learning from one of the most prestigious development academies in the world.
Purpose of the Framework
As an Academy, our focus is on long-term individual player development. We strive to give each player the skill set, knowledge and experience necessary to decide for themselves where, and to what extent, they wish to take their soccer careers. As coaches, our goal is to step away and be able to say “you make the decision”. Becoming a well-rounded and successful soccer player at the highest levels of competition requires a balance of mental, physical, and emotional factors, all of which must be fostered throughout a young player’s development.
The long-term goal is to develop players who have a lifelong passion and love for the game. The VIS Development Framework aims to build an effective structure for soccer development by following three main objectives.
More College and Professional Players
- Develop a high-quality player development infrastructure for the development of NCAA Division I and II College-level players.
- Provide opportunities for players to train with and be identified by a wide variety of collegiate level coaches across the United States.
- Provide opportunities for more young players to compete at the Regional and National levels in the United States.
- Inspire more young players to compete in the highest men’s and women’s professional leagues in the United States and internationally.
Increase player numbers & skill levels from a young age
- Develop a structure for youth players built on long term player development principles.
- Adopt an early engagement approach to enhance the joy of soccer and to support players falling in love with the game.
- Provide more structured opportunities to accumulate more soccer hours through homework, evaluations and deliberate practice environments.
- Recognize players’ development and achievements through a Player Recognition Program, regular evaluations and continuous individual feedback to motivate players and develop good training ethics.
Retain participants in soccer for life
- Deliver high quality soccer experiences for all participants at all levels in the game.
- Provide more soccer opportunities specifically tailored to individual players’ needs based on their motivations, aspirations and ability levels.
- Educate more coaches on Maui and in Hawaii on the importance of comprehensive player development over building teams for the sake of winning games and playing in tournaments.
- Bring well-qualified coaches from across the United States and Internationally to Hawaii to provide players with exposure to a greater range of coaching styles and expertise in the game.