Heart of Midlothian has become the latest football club to link up with BOX Soccer Training, the complete technical development programme.
The partnership will see young players aged 9-12 at Hearts utilise BOX Soccer Training’s revolutionary methods, following a sponsorship deal that involves ARC (Scotland) Ltd, the Edinburgh-based provider of property maintenance services, donate set-up costs to the club in order to get the project started.
The innovative BOX Soccer Training set-up structure delivers everything from individual skill drills to position specific and group practices - creating a stimulating, memorable environment for the development of the young player.
BOX Soccer Training was developed by current Newcastle United assistant coach Ian Cathro. Its purpose is to technically develop young players by obtaining high repetitions, more touches of the ball with growing intensity and real pressure - with reference to time, space & direction. BOX Soccer challenges the players at every session with multiple touch maximum focus.
In order to achieve these high repetitions and game-like situations, practices are required to be both functional and position specific.
The intelligent BOX Soccer Training setup creates this ideal environment through its symmetrical functionality and the multi-direction and rotation of the practices. This leads to players being more active, gaining more touches, making more progress.
Ultimately, BOX Soccer Training will develop intelligent players who have to solve problems and use their brain to navigate the box in relation to game-based scenarios.
Craig Levein, Hearts’ Director of Football said: “We spent six months writing a programme for the older age groups. In BOX Soccer, we have another programme for the younger age groups, which is a readymade, tried and tested system.
“It’s an exciting time for our coaches, to be able to not only get involved and use this system but also learn new techniques and skills for themselves.
“Most of all, it’s hugely exciting for the players to be able to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Ryan Gauld, who came through this programme.”
John Colquhoun, Director of BOX Soccer Training said: " I am delighted that BOX Soccer will enter into this exciting partnership with Hearts.
“Hearts are one of the most progressive clubs in Scotland and this programme reinforces that Ann Budge and her team are trying to build a sustainable football business producing technically developed players. ”
David Smith, Director of ARC (Scotland) Ltd, said: “BOX Soccer is exactly the type of scheme we had in mind when we set out to support youth development at Heart of Midlothian, and hopefully we will see some Hearts superstars coming though this scheme in the years ahead.”