Around the world, soccer is played by over 200 million people. With one ball, it doesn't matter your age or nationality, it is a sport that everyone can enjoy. Like other sports, through playing soccer you not only develop skills for the sport, you also develop soft skills that you will use for life.
At Joyous FC, we use the sport of soccer to allow kids to learn about all different aspects of life. While developing skills and technical abilities is the first priority, we also focus on other important skills such as communication and empathy. At our academy, not only do we want to develop players to reach their full soccer potential, but we also want our players to develop themselves as people. We provide training programs and learning opportunities for our players to achieve just that.
It is important for player development to learn about all different types of skillsets from an early age. Through our academy, we aspire to help kids improve their soccer skills and to be immersed in a different language and culture. We believe this will be a great asset not only to their future soccer careers but also for their personal development.
1) We believe soccer is a place of learning and aim to be a club where anyone who is involved will grow as both players and people.
2) We aspire to be an academy that both proudly represents and contributes to the local Japanese community.
3) We aim to be an academy that can contribute to the development and popularity of soccer locally.
1) Fundamentals to create a foundation
What makes a good soccer player? Is it a player who can dribble around 4-5 players? Or is it someone who can score from 25 yards out? At our academy, the sign of a good player is one who excels at fundamental skills. At its simplest form, the ability to stop the ball and to kick the ball. Soccer as a sport is a repetitive game of these two tasks, stopping the ball and kicking the ball. The higher your ability of this basic skill, allows for a greater scope for developing more advanced skills of the game. These fundamentals are important to building your foundation as a player, especially at a young age.
2) Developing the habit of thinking on your own
Coaches will provide guidance to players during games and in training sessions. Players will take this information in and apply it to their play. However, what we don't want to create is a player that can only play based on instructions. Soccer is a game with a lot of moving parts and you need the ability to think on the fly. At Joyous FC, we encourage players to think during their training sessions and to not just provide answers for the upfront.
3) Respecting the game
Soccer at its core is a team sport that can be played at all ages from elementary school to professional players. Not even Messi can play soccer without a team. Being able to listen to your coaches and cooperating with your teammates is essential to playing the sport. There are also many people involved behind the scenes to make the sport happen. Parents and fans that cheer you on, match coordinators, and people who help set up the fields. As a soccer player, we must be respectful to all of the different types of people that allow us to play the sport we all love. At Joyous FC, we ensure our player listen when coaches speak, properly greet coaches/players at games/training, and instill a sense of gratitude and respect to each of our players.