A youth development review was implemented 4/5 seasons ago, which fundamentally changed the way we provided youth football, introducing 5v5, 7v7, 9v9 formats across different age groups, adapting the competition structure to support the development of the player and to help improve players experience of the game.
The introduction of both good practice and respect concepts were also included as part of a way to increase the experience of football for all. This was implemented in both training and match day situations by clubs and coaches.
Safeguarding and welfare became more of a priority along with diversity and inclusion. The guide also highlights how these aspects of the game can be developed at club level.
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