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Skills Challenge Overview

The BackoftheNetfc soccer schools operate a fun based Skills Challenge that provides young footballers with an opportunity to test their skills in a fun competitive environment. The skills challenges are offered at all BackoftheNetfc soccer schools throughout the year.

Skills Challenge Philosophy

The BackoftheNetfc Skills Challenge is designed to ignite a passion for self improvement in young footballers. Inspiration is one of three key methods that BackoftheNetfc coaches use to deliver the building blocks of player development. The Skills Challenge series provides a set of objective results that players can use to track their own personal technical development over time. It is important to note that the challenges are not intended as a means of selecting teams or assessing a player’s overall ability. There are many additional factors that comprise a soccer player’s total make up. The five Skills Challenges are purely a tool to help motivate players to improve their technical ability.

Skills Challenge Components

The BackoftheNetfc Skills Challenge is comprised of five simply structured challenges that measure technical ability in the following areas:

Skills Challenge Ages

The Skills Challenge is open to boys and girls ages 5 and above and are easy enough that players can set up and practice them by themselves, away from the Soccer Schools.

Skills Challenge Awards – The Road to all 9 stars

The primary philosophy of the Skills Challenge series is to help create a fun and competitive learning environment and engage players to develop a motivation and desire to practice in their own time, away from structured sessions. All scores from official Soccer School locations are recorded and each time a player improves their first score they will receive a star. All scores will be recorded and added to the BackoftheNetfc website and leaderboard.

Skills Challenge Training

The BackoftheNetfc methodology encourages a 'pick-up soccer mentality' where players develop a motivation and desire to practice on their own. After the challenge, players can ask for their scores and replicate these Skills Challenges at home. The idea is to beat your last score at the Soccer Schools and gain a star. If the players beat their previous score they then work their way through all 9 stars and finally get the Black T-Shirt and be the BackoftheNetfc "Master of the Football".

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BackoftheNetfc have been running quality soccer schools throughout
Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes since April 2004.

Hall of Fame

Since 2005 BackoftheNetFC have had over 82 players from our AFC Centres sign for Professional Football Clubs
Success stories
Robbie Parsons
Robbie has attended our Soccer Schools and developed his skills from the age of seven. He deserved the opportunity to trial with a pro club. Robbie signed for Northampton Town in July 2006. Robbie is now in the Youth Team u/18's


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Robbie Parsons
Hall of Fame

Robbie has attended our Soccer Schools and developed his skills from the age of seven. He deserved the opportunity to trial with a pro club. Robbie signed for Northampton Town in July 2006. Robbie is now in the Youth Team u/18's

BackoftheNet has been influential in helping our school achieve County Sports School of the Year in 2009. The standard of coaching is of the highest level and BackoftheNetFC takes the education of sports seriously. I cannot praise them highly enough!
Leigh Wolmarans, Head, Lings Primary School
Wow, BackoftheNet is the best coaching my child has ever had by a million miles. In the past we have always been to a pro club near by who run soccer schools, but from now on it will be BackoftheNet.
Tracey Jones
Just wanted to say thank you to all at BackoftheNet for everything you have done for the boys. They both came home on a real high, which we haven’t seen for a while.
Kim & Carol
Thanks again BackoftheNet – I am so glad that I found BackoftheNet in Milton Keynes, David has improved so much since attending your advanced courses. Your coaches are so positive and their experience and knowledge of the game is priceless for my son’s future development.
James Bolton
My son has thoroughly enjoyed his days with you. It's the best soccer schools he has been on. I would certainly recommend you to others.
Laura Thompson
I would like to say a massive thank you to all the team at Back of the Net on behalf of my son Caden Poulton. Off the back of a summer tournament Caden was spotted by Aston Villa which led onto 14 great months there before being asked to join. Caden has more recently been offered a contract by Northampton Town which logistically works better for Caden and the family. Without the training and support from the BOTN team this would not of happened so we are very grateful.
Poulton Family