Football Focus is Lugarno FC’s player development program covering the age groups under 8’s to under 11’s.
The genesis of the program was driven by a desire to offer Lugarno FC juniors an opportunity to develop, nurture and excel their football skills under a systematic coaching framework.
The club started seriously exploring the concept of developing a development program during season 2017. The concept was refined, progressed and raised for discussion at a Lugarno FC coaches and managers meeting in May 2018 which received unanimous support.
Following months of consultations with key stakeholders, Lugarno FC officially launched the Football Focus program in October 2018, targeting the age groups that were suited for player development.
Football Focus offers a pathway for players to develop their football skills in a structured environment run by licensed and experienced coaching staff.
At the end of the season, all the player positions in the Football Focus teams become open and the selection process commences. Players are selected for the skills development program directly from a round of trial sessions which are held during the pre-season.
Football Focus comprises of two one-hour dedicated training sessions per week run in squad style sessions under the supervision of the head coach of the program Dejan Lukic the highly respected and qualified UEFA A license coach who has played professionally in Europe. All the Football Focus coaches are professionally accredited.
Football Focus first season was in 2019 when all the teams performed exceptionally well.
A code of conduct was developed late 2019 to apply from season 2020 onwards stipulating expected player behaviour, attitude and reciprocal commitments to the program.
The program fully supported by Lugarno FC
Football Focus is fully funded by Lugarno FC.
Players pay their standard Lugarno FC registration fee and receive the structured training from the accredited coaching staff as part of the Football Focus program.
Similar programs offered elsewhere typically costs a couple of thousands of dollars per player.
The structure, personnel and resources that comprise the Football Focus program make it one of the most comprehensive player development programs offered at the grassroots level.