Youth Development Squad-U19

Players who are selected to play in the youth development squad have been selected or are playing at a high level either in the Superleague NTL Squad , England RPA Squad or County Academy. Players will be selected to play in the Poly Squad, Regional Squad and or Premier League team.

Training will be held on a Wednesday between 8-10pm. Players are expected to attend the whole session and the dates can be found on the senior training tab.

Training Dates for 2017/18

September 6th, 13th, 2th, 27th

October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th

November 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

December 6th, 13th

January  3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st

February  7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

March  7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

What to expect as a Downs U19 player;

Youth Development Squad


Players are expected to train weekly on a Wednesday with the Prem team and are expected to be available to play in the Poly League, Regional League and Prem League. Also players must be available for the U19 national tournament on the 1st July 2017.
Fitness Elite level training habits are normalised as part of the weekly training programme. The Downs support either Superleague or EN training programmes or in the absence of a programme we create a lifestyle programme for the player.
Technical Skills We help to develop a players own ability to develop self-analysis of their own skill development and encourage learning from others and role models. Players are expected to be more demanding of their own needs to develop skills.
Tactical Self and opposition analysis is developed to take responsibility on court for the execution of a game plan.
Performance under pressure Players are expected to develop a tough minded approach with a high level of emotional control in a performance environment.


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