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AFC Lightning Henry County

AFC Lightning Henry County


What is AFC Henry County?

AFC Henry County is a premier soccer development program and is Professional Youth Academy for the Georgia Revolution professional team. Our Professional Youth Academy offers you a unique opportunity to receive world-class training using the W9 Soccer System. Our curriculum covers each of the W9 Soccer System’s Nine Pillars of Mastery, with a certified W9 Soccer Professional Trainer. The Professional Youth Development Academy is a system that allows for the maximum development of younger players. We start with players as young as U3 through U20/U23, to train as a group within their age and gender. The training is designed and led by the Professional Youth Academy Director, a highly experienced youth development coach. In addition, each team is assigned a coach whose role within the session is to work with the individual players. These systems lead to significantly more 1 on 1 coaching time than the traditional method where a single coach is trying to keep all the players on task, run the session, and then do some individual coaching wherever possible. This system also allows less experienced coaches the opportunity to develop as they learn under the Director of the Youth Academy and to begin to take more responsibility for designing and running sessions.


What are you doing to ensure that player development is kept as the number one priority?

As a Professional Youth Academy, developing children as both people and athletes is the primary goal. We are committed that our Professional Youth Academy players are staffed by quality coaches whose priorities align with those of the club, namely age-appropriate skill development alongside learning the important life lessons that being part of a sports team can provide. Our coaches understand their role within the entire club development structure (i.e., the skills a U9 player must learn and master with the end goal of reaching the players potential at U18, not necessarily winning games at U9) and also their role as mentors in helping our children learn the skills and values required to be successful and contributing member of society.


What are you doing to ensure that coach development is kept as a high priority?

AFC Henry County Soccer values our coaches as we view are coaches as our most important assets due to their direct influence on our young players. At the Professional Youth Academy, we are actively working to provide a staff of the highest quality, both as coaches and also as leaders of young people. We have initiated several programs designed for ongoing development of our coaches based on their soccer experience/tenure. For our less experienced and younger coaches, we have provided a system that allows them to use their knowledge of the game to help players while being mentored in the areas of practice development, team management and parent interaction by more experienced coaches. Our Youth Academy set up (see above) is one of these initiatives. Additionally, we will employ a less experienced coach as an assistant coach with each of our older teams in order to provide a stronger learning environment for our players but also to help develop the coach in the philosophy of Professional Youth Academy.


What is your affiliation?

The Professional Youth Academy is affiliated with Georgia Soccer, United States Soccer Federation (USSF) and Federation International de Football Association (FIFA).


AFC Lightning Henry County
75 Monarch Village Way 
Stockbridge, Georgia 30281

Phone: 470-222-5171
Email: [email protected]

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