U8 Development Academy
*for players born in 2016 and 2017*
The Nordic U8 Development Academy provides year-round programming for Nordic's youngest boys & girls competitive teams. The goal of the academy is to train players on the fundamentals of the game, reinforce Nordic’s key core values - work ethic; standards; teamwork - and to continue to nourish a love of the game.
The U8 DA is a play-based program - we believe this is where players find the joy in the sport. There are very few drills, no lectures, and certainly no laps.
Training Days: Tuesdays/Thursdays - 4:30pm to 5:30pm - 8/29, 8/31, 9/5, 9/7, 9/12, 9/14, 9/19, 9/21, 9/26, 9/28, 10/3, 10/5, 10/10, 10/12, 10/17, 10/19, 10/24 and 10/26
Games (VSL): Sundays - 9/10, 9/17, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22 and 10/29
All practices and VSL games will be at the Tree Farm Soccer Complex in Essex Junction.
The U8 Development Academy will run from August through June. Sessions include the fall session, Nordic’s three winter sessions - approximately late October through mid April; and our spring session, approximately May through June. Each session is approximately 6 to 7 weeks. Players are not obligated to sign up for each session.
The benefits of the program include continuity for the players and coaches; an opportunity to develop as part of our Nordic community as they train alongside our Nordic teams at our Indoor Center; and of course, practice make permanent so the more hours our young players can spend training well together, the higher chance of positive soccer development.
Fall Session - September & October
Winter Session 1 - November & December
Winter Session 2 - January & February
Winter Session 3 - March & April
Spring Session - May & June