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Junior Academy Program

The 8U-10U Junior Academy program is offered to players that are ready for an entry program into the competitive side of the club. The Junior Academy stresses player development over results, and focuses on the development of individual skills, technique and basic game understanding. The program is recommended by US Soccer and the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association.

The specific goals of the Junior Academy are:

  • To create a positive environment for players, coaches and parents
  • To focus on individual player development
  • To instill a love and passion for the game of soccer
  • To learn basic game understanding
  • To educate parents about proper expectations in their child’s youth soccer experience

What others are saying

As a parent that currently has my third child going through the Twins Jr. Academy, I really cannot say enough about the program and the positive impact it has had on the development of my children’s soccer skills and knowledge. Initially, we came to the program just looking for better training. We found that and so much more. The technical and tactical training is phenomenal and so are the coaches. However, the player development aspect and the low stress environment is what really makes this program special. Teams are competitive but at the same time the kids have a lot of fun. The kids are constantly challenged but it occurs at a pace that is appropriate for each child. Player development takes priority over the “win at all costs” philosophy that is sometimes seen. I could not be happier with what my children have gotten out of this program. The Jr. Academy has provided them a great soccer foundation and has helped each one develop a true love of the game. -David Hanes, Parent of 2004, 2007, and 2010 Birth Year Players

The NCYSA Youth Academy Program philosophy is to emphasize player development over team development and focus on the technical development of each child without the pressures of short-term wins/losses/results.  By offering Junior Academy Programming for their members, Twins firmly establishes their commit to the development of life-long soccer participants & enthusiasts. Additionally, the coaching education investment made by the Twins staff demonstrates their commitment to serving the developmental needs of the players within the Twins Junior Academy. – Eric Redder, NCYSA Youth Academy Technical Director

The Junior Academy has provided our kids with a solid foundation of soccer skills that prepared them for the next level of play.  Since joining the Junior Academy, we have seen our kids gain confidence, make life-long friends, and they’ve had so much fun along the way. – Danielle Wright, Parent of 2007 and 2009 Birth year Players

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