LiBTYFi [Lib - tif - eee]: Olé F.A. Rule #1

LiBTYFi [Lib - tif - eee]: Olé F.A. Rule #1

Consider what the world would look like if LiBTYFi were atop everyone’s agenda? What would your community look like? Your family? The staff kitchen? Your team? No matter the domain. Let’s pave the way forward for the next generation of children.

The "Secret Sauce" Of Player Development

The "Secret Sauce" Of Player Development

Like fly fishing, the game of football is inherently beautiful, fun, playful and tasty. On its' very own, fly fishing is enough. Fly, rod, reel and river get's the job done every time. Just like in football: some kids, a ball, two goals and a pitch has and always will be enough.

Youth Football Development From Caterpillar To Butterfly

Youth Football Development From Caterpillar To Butterfly

We expect too much too soon from our young athletes. We fail to acknowledge that experts do not fly to the so called “mountain tops” of their respective fields. They crawl there. We must remember that at one point or another, masters of their craft, somewhat resembled the creepy crawling, wingless, larvae called caterpillars. Metaphorically speaking of course.

Peddling The Bicycle: The Olé Way

Peddling The Bicycle: The Olé Way

We recently received this super cool bicycle from Puma. It's sort of fitting, the arrival of this super cool new bicycle. Recently, there is a saying circulating around the academy, "everyone wants to jump in the limousine, but nobody wants to peddle the bicycle." 

An Open Letter To The People Of Perú: The Olé Way

An Open Letter To The People Of Perú: The Olé Way

En Olé tenemos un dicho, ‘dejar todo mejor de lo que lo encontramos’. Nuestra promesa para ustedes Perú es que no hay lugar para el odio y prometemos que solamente vamos a dejarlos mejor que cuando aterricen en nuestra ciudad #theoleway.

Football Is The Problem

Football Is The Problem

The music authorities don't hold the same opinion though. They say some pretty crappy shit. Things like, "Kids in Porirua can't learn Bach, Beethoven or Berg." Or, "classical music holds no place in low- decile school systems, it's impossible to teach anyhow." You know biased, subjective, and prejudiced crap like that. NOISE. 

A Letter To The U-11 Soccer Coach

A Letter To The U-11 Soccer Coach

“I have spread my dreams beneath your feet;

Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

- William Butler Yeats

Olé Football Academy Seeking Jedi Knights

Olé Football Academy Seeking Jedi Knights

It meant that either there are a number of football trainers that are also Star Wars nerds (highly probable). Or perhaps, that football trainers widespread are searching for a different "way" forward in player development.

Photo Courtesy of Ed Peretti

Todd Beane Resonates With The Olé Way

Todd Beane Resonates With The Olé Way

I think its going to come from a coach in Seattle, a pioneer in San Diego, a North Carolina parent maybe or an educator that says listen we can do better, let me try and then once we prove to people that the children are more engaged, more talented, more skilful then and only then probably will the masses come along.

Todd Beane 14: Surfing, Soccer & Prototypes – The Way Players Learn

Todd Beane 14: Surfing, Soccer & Prototypes – The Way Players Learn

Children do not self-impose inane drills when they go to the beach, the skate park, nor the pitch. We do that. They build prototypes. They play, which in effect is their “first” “mold” of the game. It may be primitive, but they soon refine it. Iteration upon iteration. This is indeed the creative process at work.  They make minor adjustments as the game they play resembles the more mature and sophisticated version they see the pros play.

The Olé Way Academy - Club Model

The Olé Way Academy - Club Model

We see The Olé Way as a way forward for the country's football development model. Having said that, we understand that football development - development of any kind - is a multifaceted pursuit full of variables and that a one size fits all approach may not be applicable to all parties. Nevertheless, The Olé Way is one way forward for helping the New Zealand player and trainer reach his or her fullest potential, which is why we are here.

The Olé Way: Here, You Have Permission

The Olé Way: Here, You Have Permission

Culture is about permission. It has to do with what’s acceptable and what is not, and who says so... Culture is a system of permissions. It’s about the attitudes and behaviours that are acceptable and unacceptable in different communities, those that are approved of and those that are not.” - Ken Robinson

Olé Football Academy: Parent Academy Player (P.A.P) Model

Olé Football Academy: Parent Academy Player (P.A.P) Model

“The academy’s job is to bring parents along the educational journey, not to push them aside. When player, academy and parent are on the same page in the developmental process, player growth is maximised and potential increased.” - Olé F.A. Staff

The Olé Way: Rules 1 2 3

The Olé Way: Rules 1 2 3

Stripping the beautiful game back to it's essence. Play.

Giving the beautiful game back to the players. Fun. 

Bringing the beautiful game back to it's foundation. Enjoyment.

Parents, Take A Step Back: A Letter From The Technical Director

Parents, Take A Step Back: A Letter From The Technical Director

I've spent the past few months on the sidelines observing what is occurring on match days, particularly concerning Junior teams. There are number of very good initiatives occurring on match days around how the players are conducting themselves - working hard to apply the academy's training methodologies and driving the style of play. The parents are engaged, supportive and are playing an important role nourishing the love and interest of their child's football.

Ole Football Academy: A Porirua Project

Ole Football Academy: A Porirua Project

At Olé F.A. we see unlimited potential in the child from Porirua. As a football academy located in the city of two tides, this is, of course, in our best interest. Why not?: If we were speaking rugby, no one would bat an eye at phrases like “unlimited potential” or “world - class.” So, why is it that football - soccer - causes such a ruckus in New Zealand? 

Educating Players and Parents #theoléway: Carpool Commuter Classroom

Educating Players and Parents #theoléway: Carpool Commuter Classroom

Carpool – Commuter Classroom features podcasts, video blogs and media that the Olé staff and Young Olé players (ages 15 – 18) use in their weekly mentorship meetings and round table discussion series. The intention of Olé Carpool – Commuter Classroom content is to bring parents and families along the educational ride of youth player and personal development, as well as provide insight into day to day academy conversations.

Re-Imagining The 21st Century New Zealand Football Academy

Re-Imagining The 21st Century New Zealand Football Academy

At The Olé Way we view football as the world's #1 vehicle for implementing a multifaceted holistic education. "Holistic" seems to be the 21st century "catch phrase" when it comes to football academies; however, our results demonstrate that we are "walking the talk." Did we mention that we like acronyms? 

THE LOTTERY... IT'S A GAME FOR SUCKERS

THE LOTTERY... IT'S A GAME FOR SUCKERS

Professionalism is standing for something. Professionalism is delaying gratification. Professionalism is the little steps someone takes that add up to one giant leap for mankind. Setting goals that seem impossible at first and committing to them for the long term. That is professionalism. Hoping for an end result is not wise, nor is it professional. Professionalism is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

From "Rug - Ball" to Football

From "Rug - Ball" to Football

The grass is 5 inches long. 5 inches of cakey mud below. One can barely make out the knees of the 10 year olds about to wreak havoc on this patch of grass. I've summoned my team to "pull their hands out of their sleeves and try to get a rondo going." A kid's shoe comes off in the mud. The parents are better suited to play in their gumboots and Swanndri.