As the children enter their teens much changes, so does the emphasis with developing footballers. This is where the preparation for senior football begins by starting to move them from obtaining the essential technical skills to functional game skills in a competitive team setting.
Developing tactical awareness, perception and decision-making through a game-related approach to their training. Of course, refining technical ability will always be a work-on and integrated as required.
Similar to when children enter high school and their education starts to get more focused, so does playing football at Mt Barker United. Our JPL squads are for those players who are keen to be the best footballers they can. Playing in the Football SA JPL, like any high-level competition is very competitive and to be successful you need to be committed.
Of course it’s not for everyone which is why we maintain teams at the community level in the AHJFA. Players develop at different rates and the option to step up to the JPL is always available.
Games are now competitive in both the AHJFA and JPL, with results recorded and in the JPL promotion and relegation like most competitions around the world is in play. Although development is still the major focus at this age, developing a winning culture is important too.