As part of our new partnership with the Irish FA, we are delighted to announce that more than 100 players under the IFA umbrella are taking part in the TopTekkers Player One course.
Currently just over half way through the eight week course, young players from the IFA's Girls and Women Pathway programme have so far benefited from online training sessions delivered by a Premier League academy coach, as well as unique weekly educational assignments.
Alfie Wylie, the IFA's Head of Elite Performance said: "The players on the course have really enjoyed it so far. With training sessions being interrupted by the current restrictions and uncertainty surrounding future restrictions, TopTekkers Player One has given the girls structure to their off-field training, while helping their development to continue away from the pitch. They've really got stuck in and they're reaping the rewards. This course would be a great Christmas present for boys and girls!"
TopTekkers Player One is created by Steven Crane and the team at TopTekkers, aimed at young players aged 5-13, and is delivered partially using the TopTekkers player development app.
The online course covers the whole sport: from individual technical challenges that players can complete within a small space at home, to exciting take-home tasks that cover topics such as tactical awareness, creativity, and even nutrition.
Steven Crane, Head of Player Development at TopTekkers, said: "We created the TopTekkers Player One course to help make sure children are using their time wisely while they are forced to stay away from the training field. It keeps them active, healthy, and engaged, all while making sure there is no interruption to their development as players. But most importantly, the course is fun - the feedback has been fantastic, and the players are really enjoying it."
The course can also be used for any break period, or as part of pre-season or regular training programmes. In addition to the TopTekkers Player One course, Steven and the team have also developed TopTekkers Player One Plus, aimed at older players up to the youth development phase.
Do you want to follow in the Irish FA's footsteps and enrol your players onto your very own version of a TopTekkers course? Get in touch to discuss the benefits for your club or organisation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org