During my time at Ajax, when I was the coordinator for the Under 8s to Under 12s I came to notice that there were fewer talents at the amateur clubs with which we were affiliated. This was around eight years ago.
It occurred to me that to stimulate the growth of talent at these clubs, we needed our Ajax coaches to support the volunteer coaches, who were sometimes the players’ parents. What was particularly lacking for each age group were structured training sessions.
Together with SoccerPLAY we developed a football coach platform for those clubs. In the platform we described all technical and tactical topics by age group. And so the Ajax Online Academy platform was born. Currently this platform is used by clubs and Football Academies worldwide.
The main objectives of the platform are: the development of effective communication between coaches (coaches must know what the other coaches are doing) continually informing the coaches of the aims per team, which exercises are suitable for which age group, which field sizes and distances we use and when are the ideal coaching moments.
After I left Ajax I went to Saudi Arabia for a number of years. Over there I used the platform on a daily basis while working with my team. Then in Mexico, I worked with Johan Cruijff and because I started my career at Ajax in the 90s I have been lucky enough to work with the philosophy of Louis van Gaal (our Head coach at the time).
So I can proudly say that my philosophy is taken from two of the best coaches in the world! Does it get any better than that?
SoccerPLAY’s philosophy is therefore a mix of the two philosophies. SoccerPLAY coaches (Ladru Academy) work and think within this structure…