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easter 2 week CAMP

Join us for 2 Weeks Action packed fun with week 2 been a professional camp with guest coaches featuring current international footballers and former EPL footballers.  The camp will be led by Academy Director Ryan Docherty and supported by Dom, Ally, and the rest of our experienced team, your kids are guaranteed to gain valuable insights into a variety of football fundamentals.

The camp features a "Dutch influence"  with a focus on the Ajax youth development model. 
On Monday (Matchday - 4) Dutch Football Philosophy AM Team Meeting PM Passing sequences and street soccer.

Start the week with an immersion into the Dutch football philosophy, focusing on Total Football.
Training sessions emphasize technical skills such as ball control, passing, and receiving.
Introduction to positional play and fluid movement inspired by Ajax's youth development.
Tuesday promises to elevate the intensity with Tactical Tuesday, where Ryan Docherty will lead sessions focusing on shape, positional play, and in-and-out-of-possession strategies tailored to all age groups.

Tuesday (Matchday -3) 
Tuesday: Ajax Academy Insights

Gain insights into the renowned Ajax youth academy system, known for producing top talent.
Workshops led by experienced coaches, highlighting key principles of Dutch youth development.
AM - Strength and Conditioning
PM - 1v1 2v2 3v3 Conditioned games 
Guest Coach.

Wednesday: Matchday -2  Tiki-Taka Tactics

Explore the possession-based style of play with Tiki-Taka tactics, popularized by Dutch football.
Small-sided games emphasize quick passing, off-the-ball movement, and maintaining possession.
Tactical discussions on pressing, spacing, and transitioning from defense to attack.

AM - Guest Striker - Former EPL player finishing specific
PM - Attack like Ajax, exploit space

Thursday : Matchday - 1 
Match Simulation and Strategy

Full-field scrimmages to apply Ajax-inspired tactics and principles in a game-like setting.
Tactical discussions on team shape, movement patterns, and game strategy.

Diet and Nutrition advice
Clean boots
Visualisation and mindfulness

Friday Matchday - Games all day and presentation 

Throughout the week, participants will experience firsthand the methodology and principles that have made Dutch youth development renowned worldwide. With a focus on technical proficiency, tactical understanding, and creativity, the camp aims to nurture the next generation of football talent inspired by the Dutch footballing legacy.



Welcome to On The Ball Academy Glasgow!

 We're the ultimate hub for comprehensive football development among Glasgow's youth. Our unique community club, nestled in the northwest of the city, stands alone in Scotland with our unique 1-2-1 training academy.


Our exclusive development pathway and 1-2-1 training, shaped by insights from global academies, guides our coaches. They're all trained through the OTB development pathway, crafted by our director, Ryan Docherty.

For those who cherish the pure joy of playing with friends, On The Ball Academy hosts football classes for kids. Our classes span ages 2 to 16, welcoming both boys and girls. Youth teams, ranging from 5 to 12 years old, are also a part of our lineup.

Our Mission: 

Prepare young players for elite football and offer top-notch training to semi-pros and pros. All ages, all skills.

With a charitable purpose, we're here for all kids. Our focus is diverse, ensuring quality coaching for everyone, regardless of their background.

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What we offer

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Greetings to all our valued users! We're thrilled to announce the launch of our new blog,

"On the Ball." This platform is designed with you in mind, aiming to provide you

with the latest updates, insights, and happenings within our academy.

In "On the Ball," we'll be your trusted source for news and updates about our academy. Whether its

1-2-1 training or the latest exciting developments, events, and activities taking place,

we will ensure that you're always in the loop.

The Glue of Grassroots Football: The Importance of Teamwork

In the world of grassroots football, where young talents are honed and passion takes center stage, one fundamental aspect reigns supreme - teamwork. While it might seem like a simple concept, the significance of teamwork in grassroots football cannot be overstated. It's the glue that holds the beautiful game together and the key to success on and off the pitch.

Unity in Diversity: One of the first lessons young players learn in grassroots football is that a team is a diverse group of individuals with different skills, backgrounds, and personalities. Yet, when they come together with a common goal, the possibilities are endless. It's a microcosm of life, teaching them to collaborate with people who may be very different from them.

Effective Communication: Effective teamwork hinges on open and clear communication. Players must talk to each other, share information, and support their teammates. Grassroots football is an ideal place to develop these communication skills, both verbal and non-verbal. It's where players learn to understand their teammates' cues and use them to their advantage.

Responsibility and Accountability: Teamwork cultivates a sense of responsibility. Players know that their actions on the field impact the entire team. This accountability drives them to make better decisions, work harder, and stay disciplined. It's a lesson that extends far beyond football, as they realize the importance of being dependable in all aspects of life.

Sharing the Load: Football is a physically demanding sport. Teamwork

teaches players to share the physical and emotional load.

When one player is tired, another steps up. When one is struggling,

others lend a helping hand. It's a lesson in empathy and selflessness

that resonates far beyond the pitch.

Adaptability: Grassroots football can be unpredictable. Teams face

different playing styles, weather conditions, and changing


Teamwork instills adaptability as players learn to respond to these

challenges together. This skill becomes invaluable as players

progress to higher levels of the game and face diverse opponents.

Learning from Failure Football, like life, is rife with ups and downs.

Teamwork teaches young players to handle failure collectively.

It's not about pointing fingers; it's about learning from

mistakes and finding solutions together.

This resilience is a lifelong skill that will serve them well beyond their

football careers.

Collective Celebration: While individual brilliance often steals the spotlight, there's nothing quite like the joy of celebrating a goal with your team. It's the shared excitement, the high-fives, and the knowledge that you achieved something together. In grassroots football, these moments forge lasting memories.

Teamwork Beyond Football: The skills learned in grassroots football extend far beyond the field. They shape character, instill values, and prepare young players for the challenges life throws at them. Whether it's in school, work, or personal relationships, the lessons of teamwork are invaluable.

In the grand tapestry of grassroots football, teamwork is the thread that weaves together young dreams and collective success. It's the foundation upon which lifelong friendships, character development, and a profound love for the game are built. So, as players lace up their boots and step onto the field, they are not just playing football; they are learning to be part of something bigger than themselves. And in that, lies the true beauty of grassroots football.

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Owen Moffat

Owen Moffat

Former Celtic F.C player

Erin Cuthbert

Chelsea F.C

Scott Brown

Manager Fleetwood Town F.C
Former Celtic F.C player 

"I wanted some additional 1-2-1 training during our winter break and sessions with Ryan; he worked on ball related fitness as well as position specific coaching.The 1-2-1 sessions were perfect for me and I cannot thank the team at On The Ball Academy enough for the additional support and advice I received. Ryan is a top class coach and he really went above and beyond to support me!"

"I worked with Ryan for two weeks during our UEFA A Licence qualification; I saw first hand his outstanding coaching abilities and he had an outstanding ability to identify tactical issues.  Everyone really enjoyed his sessions and his motivation and communication abilities were outstanding."

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