The Arsenal Philosophy
Arsenal Football Club has thrived throughout its 125 years in existence. Beginning in the United Kingdom as a connector through sport in the community, the Club has undergone a number of changes over the years. Arsenal continues to serve to create a sense of community for people in Islington, across the UK and now around the world.
The Arsenal Football Development philosophy strives to develop the person as well as the field player, encouraging all campers to be the best versions of themselves in everything they do. Club values are interlinked to our success and history of nurturing young talent, by placing an importance on life skills and developing the right character to create a platform for campers to be successful in the sport and in everyday life.
Girls and boys, ages 6-18, will be trained by certified Arsenal Football Coaches, including coaches directly from Arsenal’s Football Development team in the United Kingdom. Our Day and Overnight Camp experiences accommodate all skill levels. Players are grouped together based on ability in order to improve tactical, technical and physical ability. Together players from all over the US and around the world will hone their skills in a fun and supportive environment for a rewarding experience for all.
Our goal is to share the enjoyment for the game with youth. Our camp environment fosters integrity, growth, and respect for our players, coaches, staff and the game of soccer. A team player mentality will challenge players to be selfless and extend beyond the soccer field. All players will be taught the key traits that sit at the foundation of Arsenal including:
- Attitude – To progress to your full potential as a football player it is vital to have the correct attitude both on and off the football pitch. You need to be as positive and dedicated as possible to fully master your skills and you need to be cool and composed when under pressure to keep control of the moment you’re in.
- Respect – Always respect your teammates, your opponent, your coach and the referee. In order to get the best out of your team it’s important to appreciate the efforts of those around you. If you fail to respect the opponent you underestimate their potential, which can make your own standards fall below your usual level. Football should be played in the spirit of fair play, encouragement and fun. Take advice from your coach to help your game improve and remember self-respect is key for your own development as a player and a person.
- Skills – At Arsenal we believe that skills and technique are essential to inspire creativity, flair, excitement and entertainment. Skills can help make football fun, help you improve as a player and help you beat your opponent. Be inventive with the turns and tricks you use to move the ball, use both feet and don’t forget to work on the basic skills such as control and passing.
- Energy – You need to have lots of energy to get the most out of playing football. The longer you can maintain a high level of fitness for, the more this will benefit you in games. If you’re not as fit as you can be, it becomes difficult to play to your maximum level. Drink plenty of water, avoid junk food and be as active as you can in your day to day lives.
- New thinking – Embrace your coach’s ideas and always think about different ways you can improve tactically and technically. Be creative with your thoughts and express them on the field whenever you can.
- All for one – As much as you can work on your own development, football is a team game. The more you work with your teammates the better you will become as a player and a team. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from football is a game that can be played by everyone. Enjoy the feeling of belonging to a team and do all you can to help your teammates.
- Learning – Learn how to play the “Arsenal Way”. This includes football based around passing and movement, technique and skill. Incorporating the principles of fair play, teamwork, expression and fun!