The Invitation programme was established in 2013 as a way to train talented young football players who are excelling within their Sunday League environment, have been released from professional clubs, or have experienced unsuccessful trials with professional clubs.
The Invitation programme rivals the kind of development provided at many leading academies and is based on a blueprint all staff and players buy in to - the Unique Model of Development. This essentially focuses on the technical aspects of a young player’s development as well as the psychological aspects of a young player’s cognitive growth.
All sessions are meticulously pre-planned with specific learning outcomes in mind and the tactical and physical aspects of a young players development are incorporated in sessions in a global approach to learning.
Participants in the Invitation Programme are not only educated as young football players but the wish of Unique FA is to instil the life-long skills of humility, dedication, honesty and pride within a Unique FA academy players make up.
A desire to succeed and be proud of ones achievements is encouraged and players are encouraged to celebrate their strengths, whilst improving their weaknesses.
The players are coached by UEFA A Licence Coaches and treated as young professionals.
On occasion Unique FA organise fixtures against professional clubs for our Invitation Programme players, with the view that they will gain fresh opportunities at professional football clubs. It is inevitable that not all players will be invited to trial with a professional club. However, Unique FA believe that if you prepare yourself to the best of your ability by training with us, look after yourself physically by monitoring your diet, appreciate the need for rest and the appropriate hours of sleep, socially live your life sensibly making small short-term sacrifices for a long-term gain, you will be doing your very best as an individual to fulfil your potential and ultimately that is all you can do.
Since launching the Invitation program a number of our players have gone on to sign with professional clubs and academies. To find out more about their stories, click HERE.
Who is the Invitation Programme for?
Participation in the Invitation Programme is for players age 8 - 16 and is by invitation only. If you feel your child would be suitable to take part in the Invitation programme please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.