The SCA model is shared and transparent. It is underpinned by individual creativity and player freedom, with considerable emphasis placed on what an individual can do rather than what they can’t. Our focus is to remove the paradigm that players can only do certain things in certain areas of the field – an approach that creates generic outcomes, denies expression, and results in safe and predictable players. Instead, we design learning spaces that ignite players’ imaginations, foster curiosity, and inspire innovation – all of which ultimately becomes imprinted in a young player’s DNA.
Within our model, we advocate a learner-centered model which in turn allows for a more emergent, adaptive, and individualized approach. Our games program allows us to challenge convention and experiment with field formats, player numbers, and establish a culture of games being an extension of training and not a win at all costs event.
Through each phase of SCA players’ development, we are conscious of the demands that the game places on them. We therefore do not pigeon hole or signpost players to where they should or shouldn’t be. Equal playtime is fundamental to our principle and mistakes are not an indicator of poor performance, but viewed as a necessary characteristic of skill development. We also remove the structure and rigidity of a curriculum which has historically constrained a creative mindset; our program, instead, offers flexibility that consistently adds variety and challenge through each stage.
We encourage players to work in isolation away from practice and provide challenges, along with regular check ins. This additional practice allows those who need it the opportunity to get further support and those who are striving ahead to seek additional tasks.