Through the creation of a player pathway program – the City Play model - City Football Schools look to support the development of all players, boys and girls, by helping them to improve their skills, become more confident and make new friends, all in a happy and safe environment.
Each of the four phases of the program encourages young players to build on what they have learned and to further their football education playing beautiful football.
- Play for Fun: Developed for players at the start of their football journey, sessions focus on the enjoyment of playing, gaining confidence in their own ability and inspiring a real passion for the game.
- Play to Learn: As players become more experienced, the focus changes towards developing players’ understanding of their role in a team and learning how City’s first team players compete at the highest level.
- Play to Progress: As individuals continue to grow in skill level and experience, players can then further develop their understanding of the game and how to make a difference in match situations.
- Play to Perform: Through practice and dedication, more experienced players are then able to showcase their talent and mature as football players, sharing their passion with friends, family and teammates along the way.