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"QUELLE CHE NON SHAI"- What you don't have

Updated: May 4, 2023

Welcome to The Scopes Academy

As coaches, we want the best for our kids. The Scope Academy team is made up of coaches, teachers athletes and of course parents and kids! We want all participants to learn important life skills, be happy, and achieve their full potential. At The Scopes Academy, we believe that sport is an excellent construct for achieving these goals.

Our Motto

Our Academy motto is 'quelle che non shai which provides us with our foundational philosophy that states "What you don't have". This suggests that there is always something new to learn and discover, and that one should not be afraid to try new things or take on new challenges. In this sense, it can inspire a growth mindset and a sense of possibility and potential.

Socratic Teaching

We use a combination of Socratic teaching and proximal learning to create a mastery climate that encourages growth and development.

Socratic teaching is all about asking questions and encouraging critical thinking. We believe that this approach helps players to learn more effectively and retain information for longer. It also helps to foster a growth mindset, which is essential for long-term success.

Proximal learning

Proximal learning is about finding the right level of challenge. We want our players to be challenged, but not so much that they become discouraged. By finding the sweet spot between too easy and too difficult, we can create an engaging and enjoyable environment that encourages learning and growth. We assign players to five ability groups based on the five levels of skill acquisition. This approach ensures that players are always challenged at the right level, which is essential for creating a learning environment that is highly effective.

Coach, Parent, Player triangle hierarchy system

Our descriptive video analysis of our sessions can support the categories of sharing and communicating goals, developing an understanding of emotional climate, and engaging in enhancing parenting practices at competitions in a few ways:

  1. Sharing and communicating goals: By sending the videos to parents, we can highlight specific goals that their child is working towards in each session. This can provide clarity for parents on what their child is learning and how they can support their child's development at home.

  2. Developing an understanding of emotional climate: Watching the videos can provide parents with insight into their child's emotional state during the session, such as if they were engaged, challenged, or frustrated. This can help parents understand their child's experience and how to provide appropriate support and encouragement. Additionally through use of our buzz words of Explore, Unlock and Zoom in/Zoom, out parents can ensure that the are providing verbal support in alignment with the coaching philosophy of The Scopes Academy. Thus facilitating the mindset encourages players to push past their limits and embrace the unknown, which is an essential element of growth and development.

  3. Engaging in enhancing parenting practices at competitions: By reviewing the videos together, parents and coaches can identify areas of strength and areas for improvement. This can lead to productive conversations on how parents can best support their child during competitions, such as providing positive feedback, managing expectations, and helping their child stay focused and confident.

Overall, our descriptive video analysis can enhance communication and understanding between parents and coaches, and ultimately support the development and success of our participants.

Age and ability relative support

When kids are between 6 and 12 years old, they're just starting to play sports for fun. Parents have a big influence on their kids during this time, since they're usually the ones who sign them up for sports and take them to practices and games.

As kids get a bit older (between 13 and 15), they might start to focus on one or two sports that they really enjoy. At this stage, parents can still be supportive, but the kids themselves are starting to take more ownership of their athletic pursuits.

By the time kids reach 16 or older, they might be starting to think about whether they want to pursue sports at an elite level. At this stage, parents might take a step back and let their kids take more control over their athletic development.

Therefore focusing on fun and high engagement in the early stages of a child's sports journey is important because it allows them to develop a love for the game and encourages parental support. As they get older and specialize, the focus shifts towards mastery and performance, but the earlier emphasis on enjoyment sets a strong foundation for continued growth and success. As executed through our 5 ability groups.

Our Quests

At Scope Academy, we believe that sport is an excellent platform for developing cognitive skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, and communication. We use the analogy of players as explorers navigating a terrain full of environmental barriers and dragons representing fear and challenges. Our goal is to provide players with the tools they need to zoom in and see the fine details of how to manoeuvre through their terrain such as how to overcome these 'dragons' (challenges) and to zoom out and see the bigger picture of their 'gold' (referencing their potential value) that they can attain by overcoming their challenges and developing new skills along the way. This process of finding the keys to unlocking success on their journey is what we call our quests, both in group and solo form (small group or 1-2-1).

Our Sessions

Through a combination of small group sessions and 1-2-1 sessions, we can provide players with the individual attention they need to develop their skills and overcome environmental barriers. This approach ensures that players are challenged, but not overwhelmed. We believe that this balance is essential for creating an environment that is highly enjoyable and engaging.

Our coaching philosophy is based on scientific research that has shown that creating a mastery climate (where growth and development are encouraged) is more effective than creating a performance climate (where winning is the primary focus). By encouraging players to focus on their personal growth and development rather than on winning, we can create an environment that is both highly enjoyable and highly effective.

At Scope Academy, we encourage players to make their own decisions and take ownership of their learning. This approach helps to develop important life skills such as leadership, self-confidence, and self-discipline.


Zoom Out

In conclusion, we believe that football can be an excellent tool for developing important life skills and achieving personal growth and development. At Scope Academy, we use a combination of Socratic teaching, proximal learning, and a mastery climate to create an engaging and enjoyable learning environment. By encouraging players to focus on their personal growth and development rather than on winning, we can create an environment that is highly effective and highly enjoyable

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