Developing Your Football Skills While Training With Girls As Ambitious As You: Is It Right For You? It’s possible Utrecht Women’s Football Academy (UVVA), which mainly focuses on highly motivated players up to and including the age of 17. We talk to Founder and Coach John Kaersenhout about this special football academy and what you can expect when you join register.
If you are a little familiar with women’s and women’s football, you’ve no doubt heard of UVVA. “The academy, which was founded in 2014, is the result of the training that was put in place to nurture the women’s branch of FC Utrecht. Today, there are more than a hundred footballers who together represent around fifty clubs. These are not only clubs from Utrecht, but also from the surrounding provinces, ”says John.
Fly extra hours or work for a teaching career
The UVVA training program is a complement to the regular activities of the club. John explains, “A lot of girls train at their own club two or three times a week. If you are ambitious and want to do more flying hours, you can take additional training with us on Sunday or Friday.
Some girls train at UVVA because they want to grow or are looking for an extra challenge. But there are also players who dream of a professional career and the UVVA coaches are happy to support the realization of this dream. “I am a member of the KNVB (Royal Dutch Football Association, ed.). When we see that a player has a lot of talent, we are happy to recommend her – in consultation – so that she can participate in a KNVB activity, for example. “Some UVVA players even arrive at the Eredivisie:” The girls who played football at UVVA play at SC Heerenveen and Excelsior. There are also girls who now play for a promising squad including Ajax, PSV, Feyenoord and Ado Den Haag.
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Technique and overview of the game
What makes UVVA the place where you develop as a football player? “Many associations work with volunteer trainers, such as parents. We work with qualified and experienced coaches, who use a method that puts players in real match situations. This is how they develop their insight. In addition, great attention is paid to implementation during training; a lot of girls come to see us to improve their technique.
Pleasure as a common thread
In addition to developing you, UVVA trainers find it important that the training courses are fun. “Fun is a common thread throughout the training,” John said. What is that? “A big advantage for us is the pleasant and safe atmosphere. This is mainly due to the light and fluid way the coaches communicate with the players. As a result, girls dare to make mistakes. This is not bad; as long as you show that you want to do your best. “Conversely, the coaches have at least as much fun as the players and you notice it too:” At every training session I hear the coaches around me say: it’s nice to be able to go back to work. today. Everyone is always looking forward to it. “
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Study and play soccer in USA on scholarship
“As an organization we have seen great developments in recent years,” says John. Among others in the field of collaborations: last summer UVVA scholarships in Made Join hands. “This agency organizes scholarships for talented players who want to study and play football in the United States. Because girls can organize this through UVVA, it looks a lot more familiar to them. We can advise them and put them in touch with the right intermediaries.
Ambitions for the future of UVVA
UVVA has already trained many ambitious footballers in a few years and if it depends on John, the academy will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. “We have the ambition to develop with a second team of young people (UVVA Mo15), in addition to the current selection under 17 (UVVA Mo17) who is already playing in the league. Girls who have the ambition to go out for Mo15, can of course contact UVVA at any time. We also have the ambition to enter a female team in the KNVB competition. John emphasizes that the good cooperation with UVV Voetbal certainly plays a role in this: “It allows to play UVVA Mo17 in official KNVB competitions.”
No matter how much John loves to find and implement all these new ideas: training is and always will be the best thing. “I am a thoroughbred trainer. Being in the field and helping girls develop: it’s really great.
To do: discover UVVA!
Are you an ambitious footballer aged 17 or under and want to improve your skills on the pitch? Come and train at UVVA! Good to know: the training takes place at the COV DESTO and CVV Vriendenschaar complex. If you want to get to know each other without obligation, you can register here for two free trial training sessions. If you feel like it, you can sign up for other training courses.
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