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Partners in Development

Dynamo Academy grows the Partners in Development program for 2019-20

The Partners in Development program is an inclusive and collaborative program for motivated youth development clubs and youth sports organizations throughout Greater Houston. The program’s stated goals are to identify, develop and help inspire these soccer clubs, their coaches, and ultimately their players to new heights. Led by the Houston Dynamo Academy, the Partners in Development program has three main areas of focus: coaches education, club mentorship, and player development.

The Partners in Development program comes together on a monthly basis to learn from each other, share ideas, as well as bring in experts from different fields in coaching and education from around the country and world to share their insights and experiences.

The Partners in Development platform will include a unique and dynamic training and learning opportunity for motivated young players. Dynamo Academy staff along with Partner in Development coaches will collaborate on special Partners in Development Invitational Training nights in which some of Greater Houstons most motivated and high-potential young players will come together to develop utilizing Dynamo Academy methodology in areas such as technical mastery, intelligent positioning, and small- sided games. The goal is to inspire these young players to keep developing in the game.

One of the main objectives of the Partners in Development program is to help all our clubs players realize the importance of developing a strong technical skill set at the Foundation ages (7-11), and even before these ages. We are so excited to have partnered with Soccer Starts at Home and Tom Byers, one of the most respected youth developers in the world, who is sharing with us all that development begins with parents and child, even before they enter organized play. It is this head start at the younger ages that is at the core of the program. This is going to be a fun and engaging program. Everything will revolve around cultivating that passion for youth development and working together for the good of the game.

“Last year we began the program with a handful of coaching clinics in partnership with STYSA in which we essentially wanted to open up the doors to the Dynamo Academy. Many terrific soccer organizations came to these events and we had some really positive feedback and met some great people who were very motivated to continue to develop their clubs, coaches and players. Hopefully, we provided some good insights and inspiration towards those ends.

This year we will look to improve the program by providing these Coaches Collaboratives on a more consistent, monthly basis, as well as providing player development opportunities as with the Player Invitationals to inspire the young players to keep developing. We believe that by working together we can create a real Culture of Development."

Paul Holocher, Houston Dynamo, Academy Director

Partners in Development Program
The Partners in Development program is an inclusive and collaborative program for motivated youth development clubs and youth sports organizations throughout Greater Houston. The program’s stated goals are to identify, develop and help inspire these soccer clubs, their coaches, and ultimately their players to new heights. Led by the Houston Dynamo Academy, the Partners in Development program has three main areas of focus: coaches education, club mentorship, and player development.

Benefits:

Coaching Collaboratives - Sharing knowledge and Improving Methods

• Once per month the Partner in Development will meet together to ‘deep dive into the most relevant youth development topics, including innovative methodology, programming ideas and round-table technical discussion.

• The goal is to help each partner club, each partner coach, and ultimately each player to improve through the sharing of knowledge.

Training Invitationals - Inspiration for the young players!

• Once per month the Partners in Development will include a unique and dynamic training and learning opportunity for motivated young players within the partner clubs.

“FC Cypress is grateful for the opportunity to grow and better the soccer environment here in Houston and beyond. I knew from the first moment that we spoke and came to the initial events that the Partners in Development was unique. FC Cypress looks forward with a humble and gracious attitude to sharing ideas, building relationships with like-minded groups and to enhance the player development process.”

Marc Castillo- Director/Founder FC Cypress Soccer Club

“uScore Soccer is very excited to be a Partner in Development with the Dynamo Academy. It is clear that Coach Paul Holocher and his staff are creating an inclusive, positive culture for the good of the game in our city. Not only is the Dynamo Academy focussed on developing the next young player to move into the professional ranks, it is a priority for them to impact the entire city for players of all ages and abilities.”

Lee Baker- Owner uScore Soccer

“I think the vision of bringing together multiple clubs into a cooperative project represents a chance for our soccer community to enhance its performance environment and ultimately, change the culture. This collaborative project really helped me implement sharp changes to improve my club and impact my young players. I’m looking forward to being a part of the updated Partners in Development educational meetings that will be offered again this year.”

Adriano Versari- Director of Coaching at Cavalry Youth Soccer

Partners in Development: Join Today!

The Partner in Development program is an inclusive and free program, for motivated youth soccer and sports and educational organizations. For more information on how you can become an active member of the Partners in Development please call 713-446-0087 or email Houston Dynamo, Academy Director, Paul Holocher at pholocher@houstondynamo.com