Mission & Vision

Mission

Bringing Inspiration, Innovation and Connection into Talent Development systems of Football Clubs, Leagues and Federations with the aim of optimizing player potential, improving the quality of the game and producing sustainable social & economic football capital.

Vision

Our vision is to be World leading in Talent Development Systems. This means we want to be active on a global scale, we want to be seen as the reference in academy and sport technical management and we want to be unique and innovative in our assessment, consulting and education services. We thrive for this uniqueness through:

  • using our double pass model which has a mixture of scientific background and practical on and off the field relevance
  • highly experienced staff members
  • the transfer of our knowledge through content, processes and technology
  • international benchmarks, certification and best practices
  • co-creation and adaptation to the situational context of our customers

Mission & Vision

Mission

Bringing Inspiration, Innovation and Connection into Talent Development systems of Football Clubs, Leagues and Federations with the aim of optimizing player potential, improving the quality of the game and producing sustainable social & economic football capital.

Vision

Our vision is to be World leading in Talent Development Systems. This means we want to be active on a global scale, we want to be seen as the reference in academy and sport technical management and we want to be unique and innovative in our assessment, consulting and education services. We thrive for this uniqueness through:

  • using our double pass model which has a mixture of scientific background and practical on and off the field relevance
  • highly experienced staff members
  • the transfer of our knowledge through content, processes and technology
  • international benchmarks, certification and best practices
  • co-creation and adaptation to the situational context of our customers

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    #FIFAdoublepass in the news

    Double pass has been chosen as the partner to roll out FIFA’s new groundbreaking Talent Development Programme. This big news in international football was also picked up by the media. 

    “FIFA wants to ensure that each talent gets a chance and each Federation gets the opportunity to optimise their talent development system. Over time, this will lead to a more balanced competitive landscape. This High Performance Programme will analyse and support Football Federations and Clubs/Academies with regard to their processes to set up a sustainable, long term talent identification and development programme” dixit Arsène Wenger (FIFA Chief of Global Football Development)

    This is a game changing project for double pass and we absolutely look forward to this journey together with FIFA!

    More information on these media websites : 

    Sporza : https://sporza.be/nl/2020/02/28/belgisch-bedrijf-double-pass-start-samenwerking-met-fifa/
    Nieuwsblad: https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20200228_04869441
    Le Soir : https://www.lesoir.be/283463/article/2020-02-28/lentreprise-belge-double-pass-entame-une-collaboration-avec-la-fifa
    Rtl : https://www.rtl.be/info/monde/economie/l-entreprise-belge-double-pass-entame-une-collaboration-avec-la-fifa-1199975.aspx
    Dhnet: https://www.dhnet.be/dernieres-depeches/belga/l-entreprise-belge-double-pass-entame-une-collaboration-avec-la-fifa-5e592b0ed8ad58685c3fffdc
    La libre: https://www.lalibre.be/dernieres-depeches/belga/l-entreprise-belge-double-pass-entame-une-collaboration-avec-la-fifa-5e592b0ed8ad58685c3fffdc
    VUB: https://press.vub.ac.be/double-pass-gaat-samenwerken-met-fifa#
    Vubtechtransfer: https://www.vubtechtransfer.be/sites/default/files/atoms/files/double%20pass%20partners%20with%20FIFA%20%28English%29.pdf
    Proximus: https://www.proximus-sports.be/fr/football/article/2023786/lentreprise-belge-double-pass-entame-une-collaboration-avec-la-fifa
    Inside World Football: http://www.insideworldfootball.com/2020/03/02/fifa-turns-double-pass-player-data-tracking/

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    #WhatIf and double pass: You could benefit from this fantastic pledge!

    As part of the Women in Football’s #WhatIf campaign, double pass has offered to analyse, report and co-create the talent development system at one women’s football team for free.

    This is an on-site, standardised analysis, called a scan, conducted by two experienced football professionals.

    During their four-day visit to the team/club, the experts will interview different stakeholders at the team/club and the girls’ academy, observe the girls’ team training sessions and matches, and analyse various different management and football-related processes.

    They will report back their findings and recommendations to the team/club from their scan, and also hold a post-analysis meeting to explain in detail their action points. They will also assist and start to co-create, with advice for implementing, their recommendations.

    Double pass has ensured that the talent development system of clubs are better run, and player potential further optimised, after our visit. And now, we are going to support one women’s team/club by doing this work with them for free.

    In order to qualify for this service by double pass, your women’s team/club should have:

    • A youth department / girls’ academy with at least three competitive teams in different age groups (e.g. U19, U17, U15)
    • Connection with a senior women’s team in a top competition (in-house or official partnership)
    • Availability of an academy director and/or a technical director / head of coaching for the women’s department
    • A (centralised) training centre for the girls’ academy teams
    • A club website with information about the girls’ academy
    • Video records of three recent games (official competition) of the oldest academy teams (at least two teams).

    If you think your team/club meets the criteria above, then Women in Football would love to hear from you! Please email Women in Football via whatif@womeninfootball.co.uk and tell them why you are eligible.

    Double pass will then select the team/club that they will work with on the scan, so do make sure your application contains detailed reasons as to why you should be selected.

    Closing date for applications is Monday 1 July.

    Good luck!

    If you want more information about our assessment services or about this project, you can reach out to:

    Hugo Schoukens
    CEO & Founder

    Jo Van Hoecke
    Head of Product & Founder

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    3 different ways to implement your football philosophy

    As double pass is globally active, we have noticed different ways in which football philosophies are implemented. Here are three different ways to implement your football philosophy as Academy Director:

    Fixed

    In the fixed model, the Academy Director implements quite strict and is deciding on ‘the style of play’, the formation and even what to do during all training sessions. He leaves no space for the creativity of the coach.

    Semi-flex

    In the semi-flex model, it is both the Academy Director and coach who are deciding on the content which is given in the academy. On the one hand, the coach needs to follow specific parts of the football philosophy (for example the formation). On the other hand, freedom and creativity of the coach is encouraged on specific topics (for example in choosing the ‘style of play’).

    Flex

    It is obvious that the flexible model, encourages personal input and creativity. The Academy Director is not really implementing the content and he stimulates the coach to make his own decisions regarding the football philosophy.

    It is important to consider these different ways of implementation and especially how strict you want to keep an eye on your football philosophy. Choosing for a certain model has a profound influence on the players, on the coaches and on a consistent football philosophy throughout your academy.

    How do you implement your football philosophy?

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    A message of our CEO & Founder for all Indian football fanatics

    This weekend our team of dp India organises the grand final of the DPDL Baby League. From our HQ in Brussels we followed the great journey that the Double Pass Development League has made during the last months. Our CEO & Founder, Hugo Schoukens, has also a clear message for the players, coaches, academy directors and parents of the participating teams and congratulates the finalists of Bengalore City FC, BARÇA Academy Bengaluru, MRUFC and Bengaluru FC. 

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    Are you ready to join us as an intern?

    Grab the opportunity to get to know double pass from within and build a network with our football experts. We welcome students with a passion for football, who are team-players but able to work independently and who want to be challenged via one of our internship projects.

    We are looking for :

    • a Football Analysis intern
    • an IT Development intern
    • a Football Development intern

    Do you want to know more? See further details in our job section.

     
    If you want more information about our internships, you can reach out to:

    Bernadett Józsa
    HR Manager

    Jimmy Lelie
    Head of Human Resources

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    Assessment of JDT in Malaysia

    Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) received a visit by double pass delegates from Belgium, who will benchmark standards at JDT against elite clubs to enable the Southern Tigers to further meet international standards, inline with HRH Tunku Mahkota Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Regent of Johor’s aspirations.

    The delegation comprising Head of Product & Founder Prof. Dr. Jo van Hoecke and Senior Football Consultant Ariël Jacobs visited JDT facilities and will analyse JDT’s structure in all aspects – from academy to senior team and management.

    Visit the official website of Johor Darul Ta’zim FC for more information about this project. 

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    Austin Town Indians and MRUFC crowned DPDL champions

    Double Pass Development League (DPDL) concluded its inaugural edition on Sunday at HAL Sports Club with Austin Town Indians and Mahesh Raj United Football Club (MRUFC) emerging as champions in the Under 14 & Under 16 age groups respectively. Both the teams remained unbeaten throughout the campaign and deservedly took home the coveted prize after a four-month long season.

    This youth league is an extension of the baby league conducted by double pass and creates a progressive pathway for players. With its completion, DPDL is the largest grassroots & youth football competition in the city by engaging 850 kids from 59 teams across 5 age categories and hosting in excess of 700+ matches in a single season.

    Shukla Bose, Founder and CEO of Parikrma Humanity Foundation was the chief guest at the closing ceremony and in her address to the participants said “During my growing up years, sports was always kept separate from education but in fact they are integrated and it is in events like these that much more can be learned on a football ground.”

    DPDL is recognized by Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) as an official youth competition. Mr. Shakeel Abdul, deputy secretary of KSFA was also in attendance during the awards ceremony and he congratulated Double Pass for successfully organizing the league and helping young footballers gain much needed game-related development experience.

    Sarthak Dubey, Director of double pass India said “Lack of competitive games has been an area of concern at the youth level and our objective is to create a strong hyper-local competition structure that maximizes player development opportunities. We are delighted with the number of meaningful games we have been able to provide this season and we will work to take that number even higher in subsequent editions.”

    Double pass is a global leader in talent development and has helped football clubs and federations around the world with their unique framework to build and measure quality standards and benchmarks. Rajat Baid, Director of double pass India, said “we are excited about the potential we have in India and we will work closely with clubs and academies to help them develop sustainable ecosystems that nurture talent.

    If you want more information about our services for Federations and Leagues or about this project, you can reach out to:

    Sarthak Dubey
    Director of double pass India

    Rajat Baid
    Director double pass India

    Steven Vansina
    General Manager

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    Bangalore City FC and Bengaluru FC crowned Champions of Inaugural edition of DPDL

    The inaugural edition of double pass Development League (DPDL) concluded in grand fashion on Sunday at Kicks on Grass, Bellandur. Bangalore City FC (BCFC) emerged victorious in the Under 7 and Under 9 age categories cheered on by their passionate set of fans and parents, while the Indian Super League club Bengaluru FC’s academy team took home the Under 11 title.

    After seven months of action-packed football, the grand finale of DPDL couldn’t have had a more exciting finish! With BCFC making it to the finals of all three age categories Under 7, Under 9 and Under 11 – the DPDL arena turned into a sea of orange as hundreds of BCFC parents and fans thronged the venue. The kids had three magnificent trophies to fight for and the excitement and energy was clearly visible.    

    It was an electric start to the day as MRUFC took on BCFC in the Under 7 final. In an intensely fought battle, the young lions, as BCFC are popularly called, took the lead into half time through a Neil Nandigam goal while Roaan Sandeep dazzled with his dribbling skills. MRUFC keeper Sankeerth had a magnificent game between the posts as his side dramatically equalized with the last kick of the game through Gagan Sai. MRUFC supporters erupted with joy as the full time whistle blew and the match moved to a penalty shoot-out to decide the winner. The little kids showed tremendous grit under pressure and eventually BCFC triumphed with a 5-3 scoreline.

    Next up, BARÇA Academy Bengaluru took on BCFC in a thrilling Under 9 final. Through a brilliant Allen Joshua goal, BARÇA took an early lead but were quickly on the back foot as Saarthakk Taneja hit back with a goal in the 10th minute. Known for their fantastic build up play from the back, BARÇA created numerous chances to score. However, goals from Vivaan Sathyadass and the tournament’s Under 9 top-scorer Yuvan LK propelled the young lions into a 3-1 lead. Although BARÇA hit back with a late strike from Shaun Christy, it only proved to be a consolation.

    The Under 11 final between BCFC and Bengaluru FC was perfectly setup as the two best teams from the league stages met once again for an epic clash. The opening exchanges were closely fought, with Bengaluru FC showcasing lightning quick pressing. An astonishing flick and volley of the highest quality from Rayuel Beale gave the blues a decisive lead. With BCFC’s star playmaker Shrestha C tightly marked, coach Rajan’s Bengaluru FC team continued a dominating performance and went onto to clinch the coveted under 11 title with goals from Kanishk Ghosh, Nakul S and the tournament’s top-scorer in this age category Sehajvir Singh.

    With 500 kids across 39 teams, DPDL emerged as Bangalore’s biggest grassroots and youth football platform with children playing competitive matches week-in-week-out throughout the course of the season. The tournament accumulated more than 20,000 minutes of active playing time through 500 matches with both league and knockout rounds. During the closing ceremony, it was wonderful to see not just the finalists, but all the participating teams of DPDL turn up to collect their medals of participation.

    Chief Guest Gouramangi Singh, a former Indian international footballer said at the closing ceremony – “It’s so heartening to see the turnout today from all parents, coaches and kids. DPDL has provided a fantastic platform to both boys and girls to showcase and develop their skills. I am impressed with the way the tournament has been organized professionally. Its brilliant for the children!”

    Recognized by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) as an official ‘Golden Baby League’, DPDL’s objective was to maximize player development by linking learning through competition. Rajat Baid, director of double pass India said, “It all starts with meaningful competitive games. Naturally, the more complex match-situations you overcome at the grassroots level as a player, the more experienced a footballer you will turn out to be in the youth stages.”

    DPDL has also provided a platform for underprivileged children coming from football hotspots of the city such as Austin Town. These hotspots have a deeply rooted football culture and have historically produced players for the nation. Sarthak Dubey, director of double pass India said, “It is fantastic to see kids from Austin Town Indians FC compete on an equal platform with the rest of the children. Their learning experience throughout the league has been helpful to them in so many different ways”.   

    Double pass is a global leader in developing quality standards at football academies. It has worked with the English Premier League and German Bundesliga to build football ecosystems that nurture young talent. Double Pass’s unique talent assessment framework will also help Indian football academies improve their quality standards and benchmark them against those of successful academies around the globe. Double pass CEO & Founder, Hugo Schoukens congratulated and thanked all the DPDL participants, parents, coaches and academy directors for their constant support and encouragement. He also added, “We are convinced we will develop together with you the Eden Hazards, Kevin Debryunes and Romelu Lukakus of Indian Football in the near future”.      

    Individual Awards:

    Under 7 – Player of the Final – Roaan Sandeep (Bangalore City FC)

    Under 9 – Player of the Final – Saathakk Taneja (Bangalore City FC)

    Under 11 – Player of the Final – Rayuel Beale (Bengaluru FC)

    Under 7 – Emerging Player of the Year – Eklavya Goenka (BBFS Astros)

    Under 9 – Emerging Player of the Year – Ritvik Thane (Bengaluru FC)

    Under 11 – Emerging Player of the Year – Nathan Ralte (Bangalore City FC)

    Under 7 – Goalkeeper of the Year – Sankeerth S (MRUFC)

    Under 9 – Goalkeeper of the Year – Neel Kashyap Murthy (Bengaluru FC)

    Under 11 – Goalkeeper of the Year – Tanay Salgode (Bangalore Soccer Galaxy)

    Under 7 – Top Scorer of the Year – Jordan Mobin Paul (Bengaluru FC)

    Under 9 – Top Scorer of the Year – Yuvaan LK (Bangalore City FC)

    Under 11 – Top Scorer of the Year – Sehajvir Singh (Bengaluru FC)

    Under 7 – Girl’s Player of the Year – Nilavoli Sethurayar (BBFS Astros)

    Under 9 – Girl’s Player of the Year – Tia Zamora Fernandes (Goal FS)

    Under 11 – Girl’s Player of the Year – Maitreyi Palasamudram (Gameday Arts)

    Under 7 – Player of the Year – Jordan Mobin Paul (Bengaluru FC)

    Under 9 – Player of the Year – Shaun Christy (BARÇA Academy Bengaluru)

    Under 11 – Player of the Year – Shrestha C (Bangalore City FC)

    Under 7 – Coach of the Year – Vijay David (Bangalore City FC)

    Under 9 – Coach of the Year – Avinash (BARÇA Academy Bengaluru)

    Under 9 – Coach of the Year – Avinash (BARÇA Academy Bengaluru)

    Under 9 – Coach of the Year – Avinash (BARÇA Academy Bengaluru)

    Visit our media gallery for more photos of the finals and the ceremony. 

    If you want more information about our services for Federations and Leagues or about this project, you can reach out to: 

    Sarthak Dubey
    Director of double pass India

    Rajat Baid
    Director double pass India

    Steven Vansina
    General Manager

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    Behind the scenes of our co-creation project with U.S. Soccer

    Double pass started the partnership with U.S. Soccer and their Development Academies in 2015, to provide assessments and club support to all Development Academy clubs, Youth National Teams, and professional clubs.
    The mission of U.S. Soccer Federation is to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States, among others, by creating environments to develop world-class players to be successful in World Cups and World Championships.

    Over a period of 2 years double pass will assess and advise 80 full Development Academy clubs. In March project manager Jeremy Steele and Football Consultant Tim Aga conducted co-creation meetings with 15 of the 40 scheduled football clubs for this season. Let us have a look behind the scenes of our consulting approach in the USA.

    Pre Planning and Flow of the meetings:

    The process for this co-creation project is very much a collaborative one and every club project is different. It all starts with a Club completing a “menu card”. The menu card simply presents the topics on offer. In the case of the Development Academies, a number of key topics were selected based on the importance placed on them by US Soccer and in liaison with double pass. The clubs then select their preferred topics from the menu card. From there our consultants will then setup a call with the Club to understand the needs of the club, their expectations and the content they would like to explore with us.

    Which topics were discussed:

    •             Curriculum Development

    •             Periodizing the Coaching program

    •             Session Development

    •             Individual Development Plans and Individual Player Development

    •             Scouting and Recruitment

    Sometimes Clubs have a certain area that they are struggling with, sometimes it’s an area they want to excel in and be seen as the best in class. Of course, it may also just be a case of having an independent, outside-in perspective for a fresh view on things. Whatever the case, our co-creation process is flexible and can provide the adequate solutions.

    Usually, when it comes to the Club visits, we prefer to visit a Club at their facility, however, with the vastness of the US as a country we decided to set up a base in a hub city and invite each club to meet us at a central venue. In total we had 4 base camps; New York, Atlanta, Miami and Chicago. The clubs Vardar, Shattuck – St.Mary’s, PA Classics and NY Soccer Club came to our base in New York. We met with Concorde Fire, United Futbol Academy, Armada FC and Richmond United in our base camp in Atlanta. In Miami we welcomed South Florida Football Academy, Kendall SC, Chargers SC and IMG Academy. And finally the clubs Internationals, FC United Soccer Club and Indiana Fire came over to our base in Chicago.

    What came out of the meetings:

    In terms of the co-creation meetings, we worked together with staff to accelerate the process of improving or creating programs, processes, documentation, templates or practical solutions which the Club can use and integrate long after we leave. Depending on the topic, our work is carried out in short blocks, focused on specific projects. Indeed, with some clubs we focused on building their curriculum and periodizing that curriculum so that the staff could go back to their clubs and were enabled to launch the implementation of that program on the pitch.

    Context is crucial, therefore the content and end product is always bespoke to the Clubs we work with. Our approach is one of collaboration. We do not impose our view on a Club. “Best Practice” is what works best for that particular club within their own context and environment. For example, Scouting & Recruitment strategy at one club just wouldn’t work at another club so the work we do has to be tailor made. This is perhaps the most interesting part of our job, no project is ever the same and we have to be ready with solutions and framework for anything Clubs throw out there, so that we can help them organize their ideas into a cohesive plan.  

    First impressions about the vision on American soccer:

    All the clubs we have worked with have shown great engagement and motivation to improve. Some of the work and “end products” which we’ve created together are part of the most innovative results that we have seen across our projects worldwide. Both the Clubs and US Soccer seem to be on the right path to reach their goals and they won’t be happy to settle for second best.

    This cooperation is part of our consulting and assessment services. If you want more information about our assessment and co-creation services or about this project, you can reach out to: 

    David Pauwels
    Head of Assessment

    Koen Put
    Head of Consulting Services

    Hans Vander Elst
    Head of Football

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    Bob Browaeys

    The cooperation with double pass was an important breakthrough and step forward in our relationship with the clubs and their academies. Double pass is a catalyst in the Belgian Talent Development System and the project is an essential means to help the clubs to run their academies. It is a leverage for the implementation of our football development philosophy.

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    Boodschap van Voetbal Vlaanderen en double pass

    Beste jeugdverantwoordelijken, jeugdcoördinatoren, TVJO’s en jeugdvoorzitters

    Eerst en vooral hopen we dat het goed met jullie gaat en dat jullie familie gezond en wel is in deze moeilijke periode.

    We worden vandaag geconfronteerd met een zeldzaam, onverwacht en hoogst onwaarschijnlijk fenomeen die een enorme impact op verschillende aspecten van onze manier van leven heeft. Hierbij werd het voetbal eveneens niet gespaard.

    Wij merken en voelen nog meer hoe belangrijk voetbal eigenlijk in ons leven is en hoezeer we het missen. De huidige situatie brengt ook veel onzekerheid met zich mee. Hoe zal jullie voetbaltoekomst er uit zien? Welke impact zullen de maatregelen van de nationale veiligheidsraad de komende weken en maanden op jullie functioneren binnen jullie voetbalclub hebben?

    We denken dat het nuttig kan zijn om deze moeilijke periode aan te grijpen om te reflecteren en zich bijvoorbeeld de volgende vragen te stellen:

    • Hoe bouwen jullie weerbaarheid op ten opzichte van deze negatieve gebeurtenissen en, nog belangrijker, hoe kunnen jullie deze positief veranderen. Hoe kunnen jullie deze situatie met andere woorden naar opportuniteiten binnen jullie club ombuigen? Misschien kan een quote van de wereldrecordhouder op de marathon, Eliud Kipchoge, ons hierbij aan het nadenken zetten.
      Als je verandering begrijpt en leert accepteren, dan ben je overal op voorbereid en kom je nooit voor verrassingen te staan

    • Zullen deglobalisering, werken en leren op afstand en social distancing deel uitmaken van het ‘nieuwe normaal’ en van de nieuwe sportieve, sociale en economische wereld?

    Vanuit Voetbal Vlaanderen en double pass hebben wij nagedacht over deze vragen. En vooral op het gebied van deglobalisering, wat normaliter zal leiden tot een meer lokaal en nationaal denken, met meer aandacht voor productiviteit van eigen bodem.

    Dit alles heeft gevolgen voor de toekomst van bedrijven, sportorganisaties maar ook voor jullie club en jeugdopleiding. Zo denken wij dat een aangepast korte termijn plan noodzakelijk is en het herdenken van een lange termijn plan wenselijk is.

    • Het korte termijn plan (actieplan) zal er zijn om de kloof naar een min of meer normale situatie tijdens de komende maanden met succes te overbruggen.
    • Het lange termijn plan zal moeten rekening houden met het ‘nieuwe normaal’. Creatief en “out-of-the box” denken zal waarschijnlijk onze grootste uitdaging worden.

    Wij geven jullie graag bij de opmaak en realisatie van jullie actieplan een aantal ideeën mee die een leidraad kunnen zijn om – zowel tijdens als post- Corona – als jeugdopleiding en als club met respect voor jullie eigenheid sterker dan voorheen te staan.

    Jullie stakeholders hierbij zijn:

    1. Jullie staf (jeugdtrainers & ondersteunend personeel)
    2. Jullie huidige jeugdspelers en hun ouders
    3. Nieuwe jeugdspelers
    4. Andere voetbalclubs uit de regio
    5. Jullie gemeenschap/community
    6. Jullie voorzitter en bestuursleden van de club

     

    1. De staf (jeugdtrainers en ondersteunend personeel)

    • Thuis is tegenwoordig niet alleen een plek voor werk, maar ook – met de kinderen thuis – voor school, voor crèche of voor ontspanning. Ons advies is om jullie medewerkers te helpen een evenwichtige (en goed gestructureerde) omgeving te vinden. Daarom kunnen jullie hen, samen met jullie coördinatoren, ondersteunen door proactief en regelmatig individuele gesprekken met hen te organiseren. Ondanks het gemis aan de trainings- en wedstrijdomgeving op de club is ‘beschikbaar zijn’ voor jullie staf een eerste belangrijke pijler. Wees hierbij vooral een empathisch luisterend oor.

    • Deze periode geeft jullie de tijd om het voorbije seizoen – diepgaander dan andere jaren – te evalueren en verder te investeren in de ontwikkeling van jullie opleidingsplan. Wat zijn de sterke punten van de jeugdopleiding? Van welke kracht moeten we in de toekomst blijven uitgaan? En wat zijn de werkpunten waarmee we aan de slag kunnen om verder te groeien als jeugdopleiding?

    • Probeer iedereen te betrekken bij dit proces. Probeer een “go-for-it”-mentaliteit te creëren, zodat hun gedachten en creativiteit tijdens individuele en collectieve “online” bijeenkomsten gestimuleerd worden. Laat de trainers bijvoorbeeld eens noteren welke zaken van het opleidingsplan ze intensief willen benaderen in het volgende seizoen. Of betrek jullie stafleden met de voorbereiding van het nieuwe seizoen, zoals het bepalen van de niveaucodes voor elk team.

    • Ga hierbij aan de slag met “lerende netwerken”.
      Wat is eigenlijk een lerend netwerk? Dit is een vorm van collegiaal leren, waar gewerkt wordt in een vaste groep, tijdens meerdere bijeenkomsten rond een gezamenlijk thema.
      Organiseer online sessies waar jullie alle stafleden bij betrekken en discussieer hierbij bijvoorbeeld over specifieke voetbaltopics.

    • Onder het motto “samen staan we sterker” biedt deze periode de opportuniteit om iedereen in de club op een andere manier te leren kennen, waarbij sterke punten van bepaalde stafleden naar boven komen, waardoor deze in de toekomst nog beter kunnen ingezet worden bij het realiseren van gemeenschappelijke doelstellingen van de jeugdopleiding.

    Wees als leidinggevende  nogmaals duidelijk over jullie ambitieuze jeugdvisie en toon respect voor jullie stafleden, om samen deze visie in de toekomst nog beter in daden om te zetten.
    Laat hen meedenken en creëer voldoende draagvlak.

    1. De huidige jeugdspelers en hun ouders

    • Zichtbaar verbonden zijn met alle spelers en hun ouders is belangrijk. Probeer zodoende regelmatig te communiceren via jullie jeugdtrainers of ondersteunende staf. Vraag hen om de situatie van de speler en hun ouders te begrijpen en vraag om hoop en positivisme uit te stralen.

    • De fitheid en technische paraatheid van jullie spelers kan tijdens deze periode onderhouden worden via jullie jeugdtrainers. Dit kan door met spelers extra trainingsprogramma’s te delen, rekening houdend uiteraard met binnen- en buitenmogelijkheden. De trainers kunnen de spelers ook stimuleren door de programma’s en opdrachten te laten filmen door hun ouders (of door de spelers zelf).
      Of laat spelers zelf opdrachten (“challenges”) voor mekaar bedenken.

    • Deze periode is ook een gelegenheid om het opleidingsplan van de club en de persoonlijke ontwikkelingsplannen van de spelers verder in collectieve en individuele digitale sessies uit te werken.

    • Tevens bieden deze contacten kansen om de rol van de voetbalouder te verduidelijken, alsook de ouders te betrekken bij de werking van de club. Maak hen warm om in de toekomst als vrijwilliger aan de slag te gaan en zo de club te helpen deze moeilijke periode door te komen.
    1. Nieuwe jeugdspelers (reeds aangeworven of nog aan te werven)

    • Reeds aangeworven spelers:
      Het onthaal van nieuwe spelers is belangrijk waarbij jullie ze kunnen informeren over de werking van de club (via brochures, digitale gesprekken, instructieclipjes, …).

    • Nog aan te werven spelers:
      Focus hier vooral op het aanwerven van spelertjes in de jongste leeftijden (U6 en U7). Dit zijn jongens en meisjes die voor het eerst gaan voetballen en die jullie later dankbaar zullen zijn voor de geboden kansen. Een sterke brede basis onderaan jullie clubpiramide zorgt voor duurzaamheid binnen jullie clubwerking.
    1. Andere voetbalclubs uit de regio

    Intensiveer ook jullie relaties met clubs in de regio op de verschillende niveaus van gewestelijk, provinciaal, interprovinciaal en elite met het oog op een optimale rekrutering, uitwisseling van gedachten en samenwerking “tout court”.

    1. De gemeenschap/community

    • Deze periode kan een momentum zijn om ook jullie relaties met de lokale overheid, scholen, sponsors, ouders, kansarme kinderen en andere belanghebbenden van jullie gemeenschap te intensifiëren.

    • Denk hierbij na over de wijze waarop jullie club intern en extern communiceert. Is de presentatie van jullie jeugdopleiding duidelijk, is de communicatie op website of sociale media aantrekkelijk, … ?

    • Focus ook op de sociale rol van jullie club. Welke initiatieven nemen jullie op dit vlak ? Stimuleer de interesse van de stakeholders om fan te worden van de jeugdopleiding. De jeugdopleiding is “the place to be” tijdens wedstrijddagen om vrienden te ontmoeten.
    1. De voorzitter en bestuurders van de club

    • Blijf goede contacten met de bestuurders van de club onderhouden en probeer te zorgen voor een goede verankering van de jeugdopleiding binnen het hoofdbestuur van de club. Zet hierbij een ‘informele’ relatielijn met de bestuurders op. Zo kunnen jullie bijvoorbeeld proactief telefoon- en/ of videogesprekken met hen organiseren.
      Deel jullie jeugdvisie met hen (voortgang en updates over de staf, spelers en de gemeenschap/community).
      Open de discussie over jullie medebeslissingsrol (en niet alleen adviserende rol) en positie binnen de club. Toon hierbij het noodzakelijke leiderschap.
      Voel je niet geremd en durf verantwoordelijkheid op te nemen.

    • Overtuig het hoofdbestuur om te blijven (meer dan ooit) investeren in de jeugdopleiding en het ontwikkelen van spelers van de eigen regio, gezien het budget van amateurclubs door de Corona crisis mogelijk zal verminderen. Overtuig hen te focussen op de lokale verankering en op het verenigingsleven. De reden van bestaan van een amateurclub is en blijft immers de jeugdopleiding.

    Misschien leiden de huidige omstandigheden ertoe dat de bestuurders van de clubs hierover op een andere manier gaan moeten nadenken? Misschien biedt de focus op de jeugdopleiding de club wel kansen om te overleven? Misschien zet de huidige situatie de ambities om te stijgen en vooral de angst om te dalen wel eens voor goed en altijd aan de kant? Misschien dwingen jullie nu kansen af om deze discussies eens ten gronde met de clubleiders te voeren?

    Beste jeugdverantwoordelijken, jeugdcoördinatoren, TVJO’s en jeugdvoorzitters, 

    Wij wensen jullie veel creativiteit en een “go-for-it”-mentaliteit bij het waarborgen van een duurzame bestaansreden van jouw jeugdopleiding en veel succes in het (nieuwe) normaal!

    Jullie zijn van harte welkom om jullie mening met ons verder te delen en we zijn steeds beschikbaar om jullie hierbij te helpen.

    Wij wensen jullie een goede gezondheid en onze sportieve groeten.

     

    Vanuit Voetbal Vlaanderen Vanuit double pass
       

    Benny Mazur 
    Secretaris-generaal
    benny.mazur@voetbalvlaanderen.be

    Hugo Schoukens
    CEO
    hugo.schoukens@doublepass.com

    Bob Browaeys
    Hoofd Sporttechnisch departement
    bob.browaeys@voetbalvlaanderen.be  

    David Pauwels
    Senior Consultant & Manager
    david.pauwels@doublepass.com

    Diederik Nys
    Manager Jeugdsport
    diederik.nys@voetbalvlaanderen.be

    Kris Collaert
    Project Manager Vlaanderen
    kris.collaert@doublepass.com

     

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    Borussia Mönchengladbach

    Is there return on investment of talent development?

    Borussia MonchengladbachWe have been assessing German Bundesliga clubs since 2006 through different cycles. These assessments emphasised the awareness about the crucial importance of talent development and resulted in more efficiently and effectively organised clubs.

    It is important to state that the implementation of our double pass model using our methodology and concept is a reason for success, but not the only one. Recent doctoral research at the University of Brussels showed that an increase in productivity (=own trained academy players transitioning to a professional environment) of a club can be explained for 54% by the criteria of our double pass model. The other 46% are non-controllable factors on which one does not have any impact on (e.g. geographic location, culture, economic situation,…).

    Knowing this, we have looked at the productivity (and thus return on investment) of the Borussia Mönchengladbach academy from one specific angle: productivity for the own first team.

    Borussia Mönchengladbach

    In this graph we visualise the players that were developed in the Borussia Mönchengladbach academy and transitioning to the own first team of Borussia Mönchengladbach. The market value of new homegrown players into the first team is based on the year of entrance into the first team. Source : www.transfermarkt.de

    “The graph shows, that many good processes and productivity were initiated by the certification process.” – Roland Virkus, Academy Director Borussia Mönchengladbach

    We share these data with the permission of the respective club.

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    Brazilian Clube de Regatas do Flamengo partners with double pass

    We are proud to announce the newly signed partnership with the Brazilian Clube de Regatas do Flamengo. From September 2017 until December 2018, double pass will be active in the Rio de Janeiro based club for a long-term project on the South American continent.

    Flamengo is the club with the largest number of fans in Brazil – more than 40 million followers -, it was the world champion in 1981, it won the Brazilian National Championship six times and it has never been relegated from the Brazilian Serie A, the highest league in the country. The club has the mindset to invest in and improve its talent development system. That is where the story of double pass came in. We would like to help them securing their future success by optimising their player potential.

    How? During 1,5 years double pass experts will advise and consult the club. An in-depth analysis of the actual situation of the academy has already been done by interviewing the staff, players, coaches and by watching and tagging trainings and games of young players. Out of this analysis, our tailormade consulting solutions and in-depth advice will relate to their corporate management, operational management, football development, resources and productivity.

    Together with the club, we strive for more and better players!

    This cooperation is part of our consulting services: More info

    You can find more information about CR Flamengo on their website: Club website

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    Bundesliga

    We have been assessing German Bundesliga clubs since 2006 through different cycles. These assessments emphasised the awareness about the crucial importance of talent development and resulted in more efficiently and effectively organised clubs.

    It is important to state that the implementation of our double pass model using our methodology and concept is a reason for success, but not the only one. Recent doctoral research at the University of Brussels showed that an increase in productivity (=own trained academy players transitioning to a professional environment) of a club can be explained for 54% by the criteria of our double pass model. The other 46% are non-controllable factors on which one does not have any impact on (e.g. geographic location, culture, economic situation,…).

    Knowing this, we have looked at the productivity (and thus return on investment) of an academy from two angles: productivity for the own first team on the one hand, and for other first teams in the German Bundesliga on the other.

     

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    Borussia VfL Mönchengladbach

    In this graph we visualise the players that were developed in the Borussia Mönchengladbach academy and transitioning to the own first team of Borussia Mönchengladbach. The market value of new homegrown players into the first team is based on the year of entrance into the first team. Source : www.transfermarkt.de

    “The graph shows, that many good processes and productivity were initiated by the certification process.”

    Roland Virkus, Academy Director Borussia Mönchengladbach

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    SV Werder Bremen

    In this graph we visualise the players that were developed in the Werder Bremen academy and transitioning to the first teams of other Bundesliga clubs.

    “The productivity to a first team squad is the most important criterium for our youth development! The certification process gives us valuable indications for further improvements in this area.“

    Björn Schierenbeck, Academy Director Werder Bremen

    We share these data with the permission of the respective clubs.

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    Certification

    For whom?

    As a federation or league it is important to have an objective system for certifying and rewarding academies  

    What is it?

    Over the last 15 years double pass developed its own method for clustering clubs based on the results of the assessments. In most projects federations and/or leagues have followed this objective way of clustering for rewarding their clubs with quality labels and other rewards. In some cases it is used to distribute money or to calculate a fair compensation fee when players move from a certified club to another. In Belgium an annual certification happening is organised together with Voetbal Vlaanderen to reward academies with quality labels and awards.

     

    Get in touch with our experts for more information.

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    Claus Thomsen

    Our partnership plays a key role in the further professionalisation of our clubs regarding their talent development system. The clear findings, benchmarks and recommendations that double pass proposes, are the basis for our strategic plan for the future.

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    Clube de Regatas do Flamengo

    In 2017 double pass signed a partnership with the Brazilian Clube de Regatas do Flamengo

    Flamengo is the club with the largest number of fans in Brazil – more than 40 million followers -, it was the world champion in 1981, it won the Brazilian National Championship six times and it has never been relegated from the Brazilian Serie A, the highest league in the country. The club has the mindset to invest in and improve its talent development system. That is where the story of double pass came in.

    Double pass assisted Flamengo in securing their future success by optimising their player potential during 1,5 years. The start of the project was an in-depth analysis of the actual situation of the academy by interviewing the staff, players, coaches and by watching and tagging trainings and games of young players. Out of this analysis, our tailormade consulting solutions and in-depth advice related to their corporate management, operational management, football development, resources and productivity.

    Double pass has taken a big step forward with the academy, starting with club management and reviewing the mission and vision of the club. A meeting structure was set up for the various departments and a technical board meeting was installed. On the football section, double pass started with the development of the team by revising the playing style and defining the entire football philosophy. Double pass also wrote a curriculum for the different age groups and discussed the practical part.

    Finally, double pass wrote an Academy plan where all the different aspects of the Academy were collected involving different double pass experts (performance, mental, goalkeeping…)  who co-created the content together with the Flamengo experts.

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    Co-creation of Hertha BSC’s football philosophy

    Double pass and Hertha BSC have launched a new co-creation journey in Germany with a 4-day seminar to improve the effectiveness of their training sessions within the academy. The first step was to finetune and implement the club’s football philosophy into practice. The starting point of this exiting collaboration was Hertha’s Bundesliga assessment by double pass in 2017. The co-creation programme started with an extensive analysis of the key strengths and action points of the assessment report, together with the video-analysis of training sessions and games to identify the style of play and the related training principles.

    Subsequently, we organised a 4-day seminar in Berlin with our double pass team consisting Hans Vander Elst, Kevin Nicholson, Tim Van Rompay, Christopher John and Steven Probst. During this seminar the double pass football model was presented by our experts and workshops were held with the academy management and the entire coaching staff to refine and restructure the breakdown of the Hertha BSC football philosophy into training principles.

    The second part of the seminar was all about the introduction of Tag-it, a digital solution developed by double pass to monitor and evaluate the effective implementation of the football philosophy on the field.

    The outcome of the Tag-it results in key performance indicators presented on a practical dashboard in the Club & Academy Monitoring Platform (CAMP). In a snapshot, the indexes and graphs give the Head of coaching immediate insight in the effectiveness of training and coaching. This will be the foundation for the coaches over the different age groups to align the implementation of the football philosophy.

     

    During the current weeks dedicated “taggers” of Hertha will monitor the training sessions.

    On the 17th of December our experts Kevin Nicholson, Tim Van Rompay and Steven Probst will return to Berlin to finalise the football philosophy and training principles together with the coaching staff. In 2020 double pass experts will visit Hertha twice for 2 days for workshops and on field practice sessions to optimise the coaching style, minimise downtime and increase the learning effects.

    Steven Probst
    Head of Consulting Projects

    Koen Put
    Head of Consulting Services

    Tim Van Rompay
    Product Manager Tag-it

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    Co-creation Pakhtakor in the news

    Following the initial assessment assignment at Pakhatakor Tashkent FK at the end of April, our dp football experts will be conducting 8 co-creation visits of 6 days from August onwards over a 12-month period.

    Double pass has officially become the partner of Pakhtakor Tashkent FK in football management and talent development systems. For the next 12 months double pass will be sending experts from various backgrounds to assist the further development of the club.

    Read about this partnership in the news : 

    If you want more information about our co-creation services, you can reach out to:

    Koen Put
    Head of Consulting Services

    Harvey Arman
    Director of double pass Asia & Oceania

    Steven Probst
    Health & Performance Manager

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    Co-creation with Sport Club Internacional

    Busy week for double pass experts Hans Vander Elst, Kevin Nicholson and Philippe Rosier in March 2020 visiting Sport Club Internacional, combining 2 visits . We started on Monday with meetings with Mr Damiani and Mr Raul and the academy management team; setting the scene and reviewing and reconnecting football philosophy. We met with the full coaching staff regarding the Practice on Field model and applied it during the training sessions of the U15, U17 and U20 teams. In an introductory session about the co-creation journey our team met with Mr Alessandro Barcellos, the new Vice President of the club. Vamo Inter!

    Our partner SC Internacional published an articleabout the visits on their official website. 

    Link to the article

  • Conferentie 2017

    Conferentie 2017

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    Congratulations to all participants of the MLSZ Master Classes

    Congratulations to all participants of our Master Classes Sporting Director and Academy Director in cooperation with the Hungarian Football Federation (MLSZ). Last Wednesday, representatives of the Federation and double pass handed over the diplomas to the 32 newly certified Sporting Directors and Academy Directors during a graduation ceremony.

    Throughout this season the participants, consisting of Academy Directors, Sporting Directors, CEO’s and club owners were jointly guided on an educational journey in order to explore these two important football management positions.

    The ingredients of this educational track were a mix of presentations by double pass experts and external speakers out of different fields, discovering a personal leadership style, defining a personal development plan, one-to-one mentoring and guidance, webinars, assessments and role playing.

    Comments provided by leading Hungarian clubs as Ferencváros, MOL Vidi, Budapest Honvéd:

    • „The lectures were top level and everything was 100% clear about what to do and why to do it.”
    • “Very important and useful content, high quality presentations and strong interactions.”
    • “It was a difficult topic, but they solved it at an interactive way and used a lot of practices.”

    Double pass would like to thank the Hungarian Football Federation for the provided trust in a very unique concept within global football education. Within a few years the MLSZ might be seen as visionaries regarding the importance of the role of a Sporting Director in modern football.

    For more information about our education services, contact our expert :

    Jimmy Lelie
    Head of Human Resources

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    Craig Mulholland

    We were independently audited by world renowned auditors who have worked with the EPL, MLS, Bundesliga, etc. and achieved a score of 88% which was the highest in the country and significantly above the European average where the percentage is in the mid 60’s.  This was a fantastic achievement, which we wouldn’t have been close to achieving 5 years ago, but every day we push on and we look to get better again.

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    Danish Football League

    Danish League

     “Our partnership plays a key role in the further professionalisation of our clubs regarding their talent development work. The clear findings, benchmarks and recommendations that double pass proposes are the basis for our strategic plan for the future.” – Claus Thomsen, CEO Danish Football League

    In the summer of 2015 double pass came to an agreement with the Danish Football League (Divisionsforeningen) to assess and support their talent development system.

    The assessments of the Danish professional clubs were twofold. The first wave of assessments took place from March until June 2016 (15 A license clubs). The second wave took place from September 2016 until June 2017 (14 B/T license clubs).

    Subsequently, double pass supported the 15 A license professional clubs during the ‘Master Class Academy Management’. Sporting Directors, Academy Managers, Heads of Coaching and Youth Coaches were immersed into the critical success factors to run a professional academy. This Master Class, including 7 workshops, an internship and an examination, ran from September 2016 until May 2017.

    We have recently entered the third phase in this project by renewing our partnership with the Danish Football League and its clubs Randers FC, Sonderjyske, OB, FC Kobenhavn, Viborg FF, AGF, Brondby IF and Lyngby Boldklub.

    During the season 2017-2018, international double pass experts will advise and consult the clubs based upon the insights they gained during the previous phases. The collective consulting services will relate to the club’s corporate management, operational management and football development.

    This project shows our long term approach of building a sustainable talent development system together with our partners. It is like Sir Alex Ferguson once said: “Winning a game is only a short-term gain – you can lose the next game. Building a club brings stability and consistency.”

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    Danish Football League (Division foreningen)

    Project

    In the summer of 2015 double pass has come to an agreement with the Danish League (Divisionsforeningen) to assess and support their talent development system.
    The assessments of the Danish professional clubs are twofold. The first wave of assessments took place from March until June 2016 (15 A license clubs). The second wave takes place from September 2016 until June 2017 (14 B/T license clubs).
    Subsequently, double pass supports the 15 A license professional clubs during the ‘Master Class Academy Management’. Sporting Directors, Academy Managers, Heads of Coaching and Youth Coaches are immersed into the critical success factors to run a professional academy. This Master Class, including 7 workshops, an internship and an examination, runs from September 2016 until May 2017.

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    Danish Football League | Divisionsforeningen

    Double pass’ cooperation with the Danish Football League (Divisionsforeningen) goes back to the summer of 2015 when we were assigned to assess and support their talent development system. The assessments of the Danish professional clubs were twofold. The first wave of assessments took place from March until June 2016 (15 A license clubs). The second wave took place from September 2016 until June 2017 (14 B/T license clubs). Subsequently, double pass supported the 15 A license professional clubs during the ‘Master Class Academy Management’, including 7 workshops, an internship and an examination, ran from September 2016 until May 2017. 

    During the season 2017-2018, double pass advised and consulted the clubs based upon the insights they gained during the previous phases. The collective consulting services related to the club’s corporate management, operational management and football development.

    We have recently entered the third phase in this project by renewing our partnership with the Danish Football League and its clubs Randers FC, Sonderjyske, OB, FC Kobenhavn, Viborg FF, AGF, Brondby IF and Lyngby Boldklub.

    In season 2018/19 double pass co-created on talent development together with no less than 18 clubs. Double pass held tailor-made workshops with AaB, AGF, Brøndby IF, Esbjerg fB, FC Helsingør, HIK, Hobro IK, Hvidovre, AC Horsens, HB Køge, FC Kopenhagen,  Lyngby BK, Nykøbing FC, OB, Randers FC, Silkeborg IF, SønderjyskE, Viborg FF.

    In season 2019/20, double pass will work further in Denmark and continue to focus on the current topics, as well as helping the clubs to act upon the conclusion of the recent annual evaluation. In addition to the existing range of services, double pass also comes with a number of new innovative topics;

    • Transition to the first team
    • Practice on the field
    • Health & Performance with a data & technology driven approach
    • ROI and Productivity of a football academy.

    This project shows our long term approach of building a sustainable talent development system together with our partners. It is like Sir Alex Ferguson once said: “Winning a game is only a short-term gain – you can lose the next game. Building a club brings stability and consistency.”

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    Danish League continues partnership with double pass

    We are continuing our partnership with the Divisionsforeningen, i.e. the Danish League, and its clubs Randers FC, Sonderjyske, OB, FC Kobenhavn, Viborg FF, AGF, Brondby IF and Lyngby Boldklub.

    After the assessment process of all Danish elite football academies and the Master Class Academy Management which was finished on May 4th, we will enter the third stage in this project.

    During the season 2017-2018, international double pass experts will advise and consult the clubs based upon the insights they gained during the previous phases. The collective consulting services will relate to the club’s corporate management, operational management and football development.

    This project shows our long term approach of building a sustainable talent development system together with our partners. It is like Sir Alex Ferguson once said: “Winning a game is only a short-term gain – you can lose the next game. Building a club brings stability and consistency.”

    Find out more about the Danish project on our blog. 

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    Danish League extends co-creation journey with double pass

    Double pass has again been appointed by Divisionsforeningen, i.e. the Danish League, for a consulting assignment for the coming football season 2018-2019.

    This consulting assignment, which is always tailored to the specific needs of the client, will tackle the areas of club’s corporate management, operational management and football development at academy level. Moreover, it will also be based on the insights double pass experts have gained in the previous phases.

    Given the long-lasting collaboration between double pass and the Danish League, we strive to yet again obtain some fruitful and instructive results at the end of the assignment.

    If you want more information about our co-creation services, you can reach out to:

    Koen Put
    Head of Consulting Services

    Hans Vander Elst
    Head of Football

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    Dashboards regarding productivity and ROI

    For whom?

    As CEO and Technical Director, or Academy Director and Head of Coaching at Academy level, you want to oversee and monitor the performance of your Club and Academy.

    What is it?

    Over the last 15 years double pass developed its own scientific metrics to measure the productivity of an academy. In order to understand the performance of a club, the internal and external ROIs, the revenues generated from sales or loans and the impact of club trained players on the first team squad’s wage structure are all being measured. These indicators then come together in management dashboards that are essential for data-based decisions regarding the governance and planning of the professional squad.

    Get in touch with our experts for a demo.

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    Defining a football philosophy together with Flamengo

    At double pass we assess and advise football clubs, leagues and (con)federations with the aim to optimise their talent development. When clients call on our advisory expertise, our consultants physically visit Football Academies to analyse their philosophy, processes, departments, training sessions and games for a certain period in order to deliver an in-depth analysis report.

    Once the report is presented, we return to the Academy and based on their needs we provide them specific support. Together with the Academy Director and the coaching staff we focus on their working points and needs and based on the culture or ideas of the Club or Academy, we design a supportive work procedure. During our visit at the Academy, we organise lectures, workshops and demo sessions on the pitch. We coach the Academy staff members and give them specific assignments. Furthermore, we stimulate, co-create and push them to take ownership and develop their football story, from the (theoretical) philosophy all the way to the (practical) pitch, from the team all the way to the individual player…

    Early September, we went for the 7th time to Brazil, more specifically to Rio de Janeiro for a consulting assignment at Club De Regatas Do Flamengo. In the past year, we took a big step forward with the Academy, starting with the topic Club Management and revising the mission and vision statement of the club. A meeting structure was set-up for the different departments and a technical board meeting was installed. On the football part we started with the development of the team by revising the Style of Play and defining the whole football philosophy. We wrote a curriculum for the different age-groups and discussed the practical part.

    Finally, we wrote an Academy plan where all the different aspects of the Academy were collected involving different double pass experts (performance, mental, goalkeeping…)  who co-created the content together with the Flamengo experts.

    A fascinating journey, which starts from the local culture with ideas that are developed together with the local staff members.

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    Divisionsforeningen assigns education B & T license clubs to double pass

    On behalf of the Divisionsforeningen, i.e. the Danish League, double pass took off with the education of the B & T license clubs. The Divisionsforeningen had given the assignment to double pass to organise its second Master Class Academy Management in Denmark starting on October 11th.

    This is a logical and profound next stage after the assessment process of all football academies of these B & T license clubs. The objective is to collectively educate the CEO’s, Technical Directors, Academy Directors and Heads of Coaching with regard to “How to successfully run an elite academy from a sport technical and managerial point of view?” and by the end improve the way football academies are functioning currently in order to develop more, better young football players.

    This Master Class is being taught in a blended learning format, combining collective workshops with online assignments. It consists out of seven workshops, an examination and the possibility to conduct an internship in a foreign elite academy.

    Who are these B & T license clubs? AC Horsens, HB Køge, FC Roskilde, Akademisk Boldklub, B93, Slagelse B&I, Thisted FC, Holbæk, Helsingør, Hvidovre, HIK, Skive, Nykøbing and Næsby.

    This cooperation is part of our educational services.

    Are you an ambitious individual interested in our unique approach combining football specific and managerial content? Then have a look at our International Master Class Academy Management.

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    double pass and Rangers F.C. sign research partnership

    Double pass is glad to announce its partnership with the Scottish top club Rangers F.C. . The Rangers can be seen as one of the best practice Youth Academies in Europe and fits the values of double pass. We would like to thank Ross Wilson, Craig Mulholland and Creag Robertson for the trust to step into this exciting project. The research project, which is part of the R&D department in double pass, will enhance the reliability and validation of our Academy Return-On-Investment (ROI) model, using Rangers F.C. player and performance data.

    dr. David Pauwels – Senior Consultant & Manager, Creag Robertson – Head of Academy Business & Education, Ross Wilson – Club Technical Director, Tim Van Rompay – Product Manager & Data Analyst and Craig Mulholland – Academy Director

    The recently developed ROI-model is an extension of the productivity model of double pass (i.e. effectiveness of the academy in terms of home-grown players). ROI goes one step further and analyses the efficiency of the financial investments into the academy.

    The double pass ROI-dashboard provides information that influence and guides the decision making of technical directors and CEOs about their First Team Squad Management. It answers the question “What is the real efficiency of the youth academy linked to the Football Business Model of the club?”

    If you want more information about our productivity and ROI dashboards, you can reach out to: 

    David Pauwels
    Senior Consultant & Manager

    Tim Van Rompay
    Product Manager

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    Download via onderstaande link de presentaties van de infoavond en de handleiding voor de website.

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    Voetbal Vlaanderen

    Handleiding website

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    Double pass Awards 2018

    Voor een publiek van meer dan 270 voetbaldeskundigen, genodigden en vertegenwoordigers van Vlaamse clubs uit het amateurvoetbal, werden op zaterdag 9 juni in Antwerpen de double pass Awards 2018 uitgereikt. Deze awards zetten clubs in de schijnwerpers die zich dagelijks inzetten voor het jeugdvoetbal.

    De jury kende zes Awards toe, waarvan drie double pass Awards voor de meest verdienstelijke jeugdopleidingen van het jaar aan:
    • K.E. Louwel (double pass Award Gewestelijk),
    • S.K. Munkzwalm (double pass Award Provinciaal),
    • K.S.V. Oudenaarde (double pass Award Interprovinciaal).

    Daarnaast werden ook drie Best Practice Awards uitgereikt, die clubs belonen die uitmuntend scoren op één bepaalde dimensie of onderdeel van de double pass audit. Deze werden uitgereikt aan:
    • K.S.K. Sint-Amands (Best Practice Award Gewestelijk: Sociale Begeleiding en Initiatieven),
    • K. Stormvogels Haasrode (Best Practice Award Provinciaal: Trainersondersteuning),
    • K.S.V. Oudenaarde (Best Practice Award Interprovinciaal: Individuele Evaluatie en Begeleiding).

    In het afgelopen voetbalseizoen heeft double pass in opdracht van Voetbal Vlaanderen 137 clubs doorgelicht. Iets meer dan 60% van deze clubs behaalde dit seizoen een double pass sterrenlabel: gaande van één tot vier sterren. 29 clubs behaalden dit jaar 1 ster, 21 clubs 2 sterren, 30 clubs 3 sterren en 4 clubs een 4 sterren-label.

    Met de uitreiking van deze kwaliteitsprijzen hoopt double pass, samen met Voetbal Vlaanderen, deze clubs te stimuleren om verder te investeren in een kwaliteitsvolle jeugdwerking. Zij vormen immers de basis van een succesvolle voetbalpiramide.

    De foto’s en aftermovie zijn hier beschikbaar.

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    Double pass co-creation in Japan: Improving operations of J1, J2 and J3 clubs

    In a year of successful collaboration between double pass and clubs of the Japan Professional Football Leagues (a few clubs from J1 and all clubs from J2 and J3), the building blocks continue to be laid in terms of maximising the potential of the clubs, via education and the implementation of the double pass framework.

    These Japanese clubs have warmly embraced the double pass framework and our expert consultants ensure that each visit is tailor made and delivered to improve the operations of youth academies.

    In June this year, all clubs came together in Osaka for the second time in 2018, where double pass delivered its 2nd Master Class, bringing the content around curriculum and performance to further complement the first cycle building blocks on Strategy, Structure & Football Philosophy. One of many highlights of the Master Class was the interactive session on delivery, which triggered all participants to be highly engaged, communicating and confident to share their ideas amongst each other, all with the aim to raise the level of the Japanese Football. As it has always been a tradition, the Master Class concluded with its famous ‘kick-off’ event where all participants met for dinner network and celebrate in traditional Japanese style, an event enjoyed by all and a real eye opener into the beauty of the Japanese culture.

    In September, the double pass team went back to Osaka for their third workshop of the Master Class Academy Management programme for the same few J1 clubs and all J2 and J3 clubs, 35 in total. Besides the difficulties in traveling into the country due to the typhoon, the workshop, which was all about Individual development, was challenging and instructive. The eagerness to evolve and to become 1 of the world leading football nations, inspires the Japanese to step out of their comfort zone. The workshop was followed by a demo session on the pitch, which brought the theory alive and demonstrated how to integrate individual development accents within a team training session.

    “Mix the words blueprint, one-way dialogues, individual profiling via social media posts, smooth marketing, webinars and you will find a cocktail of quite a few operational businesses in football. When working in an international context, cultural differences, adjusting, sharing, listening, co-creating, facilitating, and taking ownership are indispensable factors that need to be taken into account in the aim for more better football players. Therefore, I would like to congratulate the leaders of the Japanese football and the double pass team Japan, in their efforts, determination and collaboration, which is by far the most challenging but also the most target oriented and sustainable way of working,” says double pass Head of HR and Master Class Expert Jimmy Lelie.

    Post Master Class, the double pass Japan Project team continues to embrace the Japanese culture whilst visiting each J2 club for their two days of consulting. Ensuring that culture is at the forefront of delivery combined with the double pass framework, guarantees that the Japanese football will deliver in its quest for optimising youth player potential in football.

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    double pass conference & Quality in Sports Happening 2017 - Reception

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    double pass conference 2017

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    double pass connection days

    Active on a global scale with 60 staff members coming from 13 different countries we gathered for a full week during our “connection days” in Belgium. It was a journey with experience sharing, workshops, discussions, co-creation and interaction about the future of talent development in relation to our services of consulting, education and assessment.

    As a double pass family, and together with our customers, we are proud to further stimulate talent development every day and believe that the future looks bright as it is filled with ambitious plans, daily eagerness and adaptability!

    Do you want to join our team? We are still looking for talent to join our team!

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    Double Pass Development League

    DPDL kicked off its inaugural grassroots season in june 2019 with exemplary support from parents, coaches and participants. The competition follows a league-plus-knockout format spread across 6 months with matches held on weekends. The first season hosted 600+ matches overall from three age categories (U7, U9, U11) and provided an opportunity to compete to approximately 500 kids from 39 teams between June 2019 and January 2020.

    Some of the most prominent football academies in Bangalore, including the youth teams of the current Indian Super League (ISL) champions Bengaluru FC, took part in the season long competition. Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools, Roots Football School, Raman Sports Academy, BARÇA Academy Bengaluru, Gameday Football Academy, to name a few, had incredible talent representing them in DPDL 2019/20. The hyper-local format of DPDL further enriches Bangalore’s football ecosystem by giving the lesser known academies a chance to challenge and compete with the best from the city.

    DPDL is Bangalore’s largest grassroots league and is supported by the Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) and approved by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) under its player development initiative – Baby Leagues. 

    In a move that will strengthen the roots of Indian football, double pass  kicked off a four-month-long youth football league at the HAL Sports Club in November 2019. The league was launched by NA Harris, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Shantinagar, Bengaluru.

    The double pass Development League’s youth competition featured teams from across the city participating in two age categories. Children in the under-14 category played 9v9 games, while those in the under-16 category  played 11v11 games. With matches held every Sunday, the league ran from November 2019 to February 2020.  

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    double pass Development League launched in Bangalore

    Thunderous applause from parents, animated goal celebrations from children and super-focused team huddles from coaches kicked off double pass Development League (DPDL) at ‘Kicks on Grass’ this weekend! The emphasis on development of grassroots football in India has never been more significant than it is today and the city of Bengaluru experienced this at a whole new level with its largest season-long grassroots competition launching to tremendous fanfare.    

    DPDL kicked off its inaugural grassroots season with exemplary support from parents, coaches and participants. The competition follows a league-plus-knockout format spread across 6 months with matches held on weekends. This season overall will host 600+ matches from three age categories (U7, U9, U11) and will provide an opportunity to compete to approximately 500 kids from 39 teams between June 2019 to January 2020.

    Some of the most prominent football academies in Bangalore, including the youth teams of the current Indian Super League (ISL) champions Bengaluru FC, are taking part in the season long competition. Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools, Roots Football School, Raman Sports Academy, BARÇA Academy Bengaluru, Gameday Football Academy, to name a few, have incredible talent representing them in DPDL 2019/20. The hyper-local format of DPDL further enriches Bangalore’s football ecosystem by giving the lesser known academies a chance to challenge and compete with the best from the city.

    DPDL is Bangalore’s largest grassroots league and is supported by the Karnataka State Football Association (KSFA) and approved by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) under its player development initiative – Baby Leagues. Double pass India Director, Sarthak Dubey said at the launch, “it is imperative to align our goals with the strategic plan of AIFF and improving the quality of competition at the grassroots level is the number one focus area for the National Federation. We at double pass believe that more competitive games will result in better skill acquisition and eventually create better players.”

    Double pass is a global leader in youth development & quality standards at football academies and has worked with the Premier League and German Bundesliga to optimize their talent development ecosystems. Double pass India director Rajat Baid said – “using the unique framework of Double Pass will help us to assess the current status of Indian academies and their benchmarking against European counterparts. The league will be a perfect platform not only to maximize competitive playing time but also to be assessed with quality standards that help make academies successful around the globe.”

    For more information about DPDL visit the official website or contact our experts :

    Sarthak Dubey
    Director of double pass India

    Rajat Baid
    Director double pass India

    Steven Vansina
    General Manager

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    Double pass educates at the Real Madrid University

    For a third consecutive year in a row, double pass has been asked to provide classes at the Escuela Universitaria Real Madrid.

    Our Management and Football Experts David Pauwels, Kevin Nicholson and Stig Meylemans will provide three modules about Talent Development within the overall program of the “Máster en Dirección de Fútbol”

    Former football players, sport sciences graduates, football coaches will be inspired in:

    • Academy Management: from strategy to monitoring
    • The ingredients of a Football Philosophy
    • The translation of a Football Philosophy into an age specific curriculum and links with the training sessions

    The three modules are part of educational services which double pass also provides to Football Federations and Leagues to educate the football CEO’s, Sporting Directors and Academy Directors of this world.

    If you want more information about these services, you can reach out to:

    Jimmy Lelie
    Head of Human Resources

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    double pass goes blogging

    We proudly present you our brand new double pass blog. I can’t wait, discover the blog!

    The set-up of our blog perfectly fits within the mission of our company to “inspire, stimulate, support and reward all stakeholders in talent development”. By means of interesting content, i.e. articles, videos, graphs, cases,… we would like to give you answers to your daily needs and problems. Next to that, we will share reasonings in talent development, present hot topics and inspirational ideas you might be interested in.

    Who is you? Our blog focuses on Academy Directors, Heads of Coaching, Coaches, ambitious individuals and board members with a heart for talent development.

    Subscribe to our newsletter and be even more rewarded with exclusive content.

    Enjoy reading. Go to blog!

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    Double pass goes North Africa

    For the first time in our history, we are proud to announce that we have a partnership on the African continent. The Royal Moroccan Football Federation decided to partner up with double pass for a project that has two different angles. On the one hand we will conduct an analysis of the Federation set-up and the work with the youth national teams, on the other hand we will analyse and give clear recommendations with regards to the talent development system of the 16 clubs in their highest division.

    If you want more information about our assessment services or about this project, you can reach out to:

    David Pauwels
    Head of Assessment

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    Double Pass is there for you post-corona!

    Introduction

    In response to the challenging consequences of the coronavirus, we stand by our clubs, academies and staff now more than ever to help them optimize player potential even under these difficult circumstances.

    While we cannot ignore the obvious threat of the virus, particularly in sports, we must also reckon with the threat of social isolation, especially amongst the youngest players. One of our goals is to help our players develop a healthy socio-emotional state of well-being through safe and positive social interactions. This will help reconnect the individual player with the football team and with the game in general.

    Relevance

    How, in these challenging times, can we help players who struggle with insecurity to gradually return to play?

    Take away the fear

    Our first objective is to take away the fear that maintains the threshold that still paralyses many players and other involved parties. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of youth sport organizers are concerned that players and families won’t sign up for activities out of fear. Some 52% of parents say they are less likely to enroll their kids in sports in the wake of the pandemic. And 25% of all parents say they will not feel comfortable with their kids participating in youth sports before 2021. Needless to say, a protocol that raises awareness among these people is of major importance for football academies. We need to raise awareness and correctly inform people in order to re-activate Academy Operations. We can do this by offering a framework of clearly defined measures that create a comfortable and safe environment for all participants.

    Clear communication

    Besides providing people with correct and accessible information, using straightforward and clear-cut communication with clubs at all times is of the utmost importance in our efforts to rebuild trust.  

    Corona Soccer Coach

    Responsibilities of the corona coach

    To ensure comprehensible communication for everyone, it is important to introduce one unambiguous source of information. That is the job of the Covid-19 Coordinator within the club or in an academy. It is the responsibility of this corona coach to follow all official communication from the government, federation, leagues and experts and to adjust or adapt the general protocol to the local rules and their specific context. It is necessary that the Coordinator then communicates this information through a variety of channels in order to inform all the parties involved about the general protocol. The Coordinator must also monitor the stock of disinfectant materials and ensure that the materials specified in the general protocol are (sufficiently) available before, during and after the sessions. To do this, he or she must maintain a direct line of communication with the Operations Manager.

    Regular communication with the Health and Performance Manager regarding the need for (possible) tests to rule out contaminations is also of vital importance. The Covid-19 Coordinator must also be updated at all times with information concerning players who are at home due to signs of illness by themselves or their close relatives. The Coordinator must keep a record of that information and exchange his analysis of the information with the technical staff. It is also the Coordinator’s responsibility to monitor compliance with the regulations while respecting the protocol and see that they are implemented. If necessary, he must make clear that the well-being of everyone involved is the top priority and not open for discussion.

    Return to play

    Before they can return to play games, players must first return to training. This is not self-evident. By now players have missed team football for several months, so they need to find a healthy transition from lockdown to training to playing. It is important that they gradually build up to team- and game-related practice. Coaches and players must be aware of the current situation, but they also need a roadmap of the journey ahead, within the bounds of what is possible.

    There are currently a number of challenges, such as the implications of social distancing, that must be tackled before a successful return to play. This requires a balanced approach. But as Lucien Favre says: “We have to be creative.” With the thoughtful planning of groups and exercises and a focus on individual skills and execution, it must be possible to reconnect players to the game.

    Since there are several important things to take into account, like limited available space and the limited duration of a training session (starting at 60 to 75 minutes), a lot of meticulous planning and preparation is needed for this initiative. This will ensure a successful, gradual transition.

    The players’ transition back to performing in a team and in a game calls for a phased process that respects the rules. This process takes into account both a personal perspective and a player-oriented perspective while prioritizing the mental and physical health of its participants.

    Our step-by-step approach consists of three phases, each consisting of two different steps, that are completely in line with the respective countries’ Governmental Guidelines and legislation.

    Phase One: Player and ball

    The first step of Phase One focuses on the development of individual skills in reconnecting the player with the team and the game. It encourages him to concentrate on technical work during training, in opposed or unopposed situations. This allows the individual player to gradually move on to the second step: the specific techniques and (ball) skills required for his precise position in the team and linked to his positional profile and individual development plans. This will enable players to take ownership of their own development.     

    The challenge in this first phase is to make individual practice relevant, fun and engaging for all players. Fortunately, there is still room to focus on the key attacking, defending and transitioning skills such as recognizing, receiving, running, releasing and reacting. By creating small challenges, we can start introducing competition.

    This first phase is therefore an ideal opportunity to re-establish the game element into practice, e.g. by creating ball manipulation circuits or stations and presenting fun games like head tennis and reaction games. On the other hand, extensive practice in the form of individual ball skills and execution techniques and challenges, with or without the use of targets, boxes or mini-goals, is an important step in refamiliarizing players with the ball and the (playing)field.  

    In this first phase there is no contact or duels, and the social distancing rules apply. The focus will be on individual or paired practice and isolated position-specific and partnership practice. The training will be mainly of a technical nature and allow for exercise within small groups at the most.

    Phase Two: Playing in a group

    Since the development of the individual player is always connected, on the one hand, to the team and, on the other, to the game, it is important in Phase Two to gradually introduce team practice. The first step consists of moving on to small group work and then gradually to unit and group-specific exercises within those small groups (step two). This will be linked to the specific team principles.

    In this second phase, contact between players is limited and the focus remains on technical practice, in small groups only. There are no duels as yet, but this next phase does introduce a more football-specific context. Also, chemistry/partnership practice will continue. In this phase, the technical type of training gains a more tactical dimension related to the player’s role within the team.

    Phase Three: Playing in a team and a game

    In Phase Three, contact training is introduced and one-on-one duels are permitted. The first step in this phase is to move to small, sided games and then to full-pitch tactical games with the complete team on each side (step two). In the transition from 1-versus-1 to 11-versus-11 confrontations, directional possessions are reinstituted. Different game situations are established, including set plays. Moreover, small games with various pitch sizes and rules are launched (4 vs 4, 5 vs 5, 7 vs 7 and 9 vs 9) in order to gradually evolve to a ‘normal’ practice match. In this phase, the training is more tactical and team related. It is also possible for training sessions to last progressively longer in accordance with the prevailing official measures.

    The health aspect

    The phased structure explained above operates on the assumption that the players are in good health. We must therefore keep an eye on that aspect. Having a clear view of the players’ pre-corona statuses, the amount of physical training performed during the lockdown and knowing how the players coped with their individual program is important. A pre-participation screening can provide a starting point that helps the individual player return to regular training. We then need to set an objective and schedule the reinitiation program in manageable blocks if we want our players to be ready to return to play. It goes without saying that in order to reach that goal, input from the Health & Performance staff in this phased approach is required.

    Phase One: Pre-participation screening

    Knowing the current status of the players individually makes it easier to define an appropriate training program for them and to successfully prepare them for participation in team training sessions at first and subsequently official games.

    Before players are re-introduced to an adjusted training schedule, it is important to assess their general condition. Crucial to this is checking a players’ physical performance using a practical test and asking several vital questions. Was the training load simulated at home? Did the player follow the program or engage in any football-specific drills? Then, the mental performance must be taken into account, as this may vary from individual to individual.

    A casual conversation can provide significant insight into the specific situation and the mental state of the players. A questionnaire, on the other hand, may also be useful for answering some important questions. Has the player maintained a positive attitude? What were his coping strategies during the lockdown, and how are they dealing with this new reality? Also, what is the general state of their well-being and biorhythm? Do they have a healthy sleeping pattern or was it disturbed due to the corona circumstances?

    Since all players have suffered to a greater or lesser extent from decreases in their energy expenditures, they must all be asked about their readiness to perform. Determining their body weight and fat percentage is a good place to start. What about their habits with regard to nutrition during lockdown?

    Last but not least, it is important to review their health in general and check whether they were injured before or during the lockdown. A doctor will check on the progress of possible injuries. At this stage, the player may also be asked to undergo a Covid-19 test.

    Phase Two: Return to training

    Returning to a solid training schedule in a phased approach is critical for all players since we don’t know when and how competition will restart. Therefore, a normal preparation period l to ensure sufficient training is not the most appropriate approach. The lockdown has left players with lower fitness levels and a lack of rhythm and intensity. Although players received homework and individual programs, it can’t replace the load of a regular weekschedule. So, what players will benefit from most is to gradually build up the physical load from generic running drills to more football specific drills and sessions. The first and main goal is to bring the players back individually to a level that can be compared with their pre-corona status with avoiding injuries and without pushing them too much.  

    Depending on the results of the pre-participation screening, a step-by-step restart of training will be introduced. It will be a balanced mix of specific and general training that will steadily evolve from generic to more specific and gradually increase in intensity and volume while focusing on damage control. If necessary, an individual preparation period will be initiated before a player returns to training. To achieve this goal, performance staff should discuss with the coaches about the exercises and make sure that the physical parameters of the exercises and sessions are appropriate to the status of the players.

    Phase Three: Return to play

    Once the date of the start of competition is known, it will be possible to begin planning like in a normal preparation period so that when competition is resumed, the players will be able to face it in optimal condition. After a period of substantially reduced training during the lockdown, it is not our intention to make up for lost time by increasing the training load beyond what is acceptable. They must reckon with the individual circumstances of the players to prepare them to return to play. The three main approaches to this are to define the active weeks, to install a ‘pre-season program’ and to build up from general to specific at all times. Lack of proper follow-up will make it hard to catch up once competitions restart.

    Proper guidance and coaching can prevent a great deal of damage and make the transition easier for players. That is where the value of Double Pass comes into play.

    The value of Double Pass

    Double Pass can help clubs to reconnect their players by introducing a number of successful and meticulously developed tools. These tools are ready to use but can be implemented depending on the individual status of the players, who have been coping with this crisis situation in different ways. As an experienced thought leader in protocols, we can provide the support necessary to reintroduce players to a regular training schedule, matches and the prospect of future competitions. We are familiar with the sector, possess the necessary know-how and have experience with different age groups. In particular, we have a close and real understanding of the impact of Covid-19 on clubs. Specifically, we can help in three ways:

    Call us

    We are a valuable and accessible contact, ready to answer all questions related to Covid-19 and its impact on football clubs. We are eager to help with all problems encountered during the transition to regular trainings and eventual competition.

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    Double pass kicks off 3 new projects in Uzbekistan

    Following the initial assessment assignment at Pakhatakor Tashkent FK at the end of April, our dp football experts will be conducting 8 co-creation visits of 6 days from August onwards over a 12-month period. In addition, double pass will also perform 2 club scans at PFK Metallurg Bekabad and FC AGMK.

    Double pass has officially become the partner of Pakhtakor Tashkent FK in football management and talent development systems. For the next 12 months double pass will be sending experts from various backgrounds to assist the further development of the club.

    Sessions will be organised together with management, coaches and staff on different topics based on the scientific double pass model, such as corporate management, scouting and recruitment, talent identification, football philosophy customisation to health & performance management. Pakhatakor Tashkent FK  is the leading club in Central Asia, with a rich history and double pass will report directly to Chairman Babur Shodiev and Manager Shota Arveladze. 

    “We are confident the cooperation with double pass will be a success”, says club manager Shota Arveladze, 5 times Georgian Footballer of the Year, “they are a world class company delivering very professional services”. 

    “As the first European football consulting firm to step foot into Central Asia, double pass will strive to influence, inspire and innovate with all football professionals and stakeholders in the region”, says Harvey Arman, Director of double pass Asia & Oceania. “Uzbekistan, the city of Tashkent and Pakhtakor are experiencing remarkable growth and we are extremely proud that we can contribute to this development.”

    Koen Put and Steven Probst are responsible for the management of this project. Next week our experts Hans Vander Elst, David Pauwels and Kevin Nicholson will be holding the first workshops in Tashkent.

    The Journey begins! 

    If you want more information about our co-creation services, you can reach out to:

    Koen Put
    Head of Consulting Services

    Harvey Arman
    Director of double pass Asia & Oceania

    Steven Probst
    Health & Performance Manager

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    Double pass launches Russian version of website

    We are happy to announce that our Russian followers will be able to keep in touch with all our activities through our newly launched Russian website.  At double pass, we value the possibility to adapt to local requirements of our community so that together, we can share our successes and stories in different languages.  

    You can find our Russian webside here: https://www.doublepass.ru/ 

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    double pass partners with FIFA

    We are very proud to announce that double pass has been chosen as the partner to roll out FIFA’s new groundbreaking Talent Development Programme.

    “FIFA wants to ensure that each talent gets a chance and each Federation gets the opportunity to optimise their talent development system. Over time, this will lead to a more balanced competitive landscape. This High Performance Programme will analyse and support Football Federations and Clubs/Academies with regard to their processes to set up a sustainable, long term talent identification and development programme” dixit Arsène Wenger (FIFA Chief of Global Football Development)

    This worldwide project, in which it is expected 120 nations will participate, will be rolled out in several phases:

    The analysis phase :  From April – September 2020

    FIFA will conduct an analysis of the eco-system of all their Member Associations and double pass will conduct an on-site and online analysis of different academies (Men and Women) within every nation. In total 360 academies on-site and 1560 academies online will be analysed.

    The reporting phase : From October – December 2020

    Every academy will receive an individual report from double pass with clear findings, benchmarks and recommendations. In addition, all nations will receive a report about their academies. These reports of all nations will be integrated in the global FIFA eco-system report.

    The supporting phase and incentive programme :  From 2021 onwards

    Based on the findings of the analysis, a supporting phase will start in which tailored technical support programmes for federations and academies will be rolled-out across all nations that participated in the analysis phase.

    Steve Martens (FIFA Technical Director) & Hugo Schoukens (CEO & Founder)

    About 15 talent development experts from double pass will be involved in this project to create this unique picture of football academies all over the world.

    This is a game changing project for double pass and we absolutely look forward to this journey together with FIFA!

    “After having worked in 18 countries in the world, we are proud to be able to spread our expertise on a truly global scale in order to change the game!” Hugo Schoukens (CEO & Founder)

    If you want more information about our assessment services or about this project, you can reach out to:

    Hugo Schoukens
    CEO & Founder

    Steven Vansina
    General Manager

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    Double pass partners with Pakhtakor. First partnership in Central Asia

    Double pass signed a consulting partnership with Uzbek professional football club Pakhtakor Tashkent FK. During 10 days, double pass will study the way of working and the football philosophy of the club and then convey the first recommendations for improvement. Double pass is very proud of its first collaboration with a club in Central Asia.

    Harvey Arman, director of Asia and Oceania, Jo Van Hoecke, Head of Product & founder and Hans Vander Elst, Head of Football Development represented double pass at a press conference with Shota Arveladze, the manager of the Lions at the start of this collaboration.

    Shota Arveladze: We have been following double pass for more than a year and the fact that today we kick off the project, already shows a great achievement. Our goal is to form Pakhtakor not only as a strong team in Uzbekistan, but also in Asia. Double pass will assist us with the implementation of the Talent Development Framework to achieve this goal. We are glad that the company’s first steps in Central Asia begin precisely with Pakhtakor. 

    Jo Van Hoecke: In the first phase we get to know the employees and the trainers. An Academy is considered the future of a club, therefore we will focus on identifying, coaching and evaluating talented players. There are many challenges on the path of the transition of young talents to the first team and we have the expertise to tackle this. Our way of working is not based on just one single system, we take the country, culture, mentality and other differences into account for each project. In the next phase the emphasis will be on the translation of the developed theory to the field.

    Hans Vander Elst: Co-creation is our approach, we do not teach how to work. On the contrary, we achieve our success by exchanging experiences. This football philosophy has found its application in football nations such as France and Germany. We are currently applying it in Japan, Denmark and Brazil. I could compare the atmosphere here at Pakhtakor with the Brazilian club SC Internacional. These clubs have a rich history, infused with football. Like in Brazil, Uzbekistan has a lot of talents, people love football, the methods for football development are very similar. Double pass would like to help increase the number of stars on the Pakhtakor emblem from 2 to 3. 

    Harvey Arman: I refer to Galatasaray as an example, both the club and the country show many similarities. The last 20 years, with the exception of Arda Turan, they had a hard time developing talented players. Double pass analyzed the Academy and suggested the necessary adjustments. Last year Galatasaray sold 2 players to European clubs. I expect at least the same productivity and success from our collaboration with Pakhtakor.

    If you want more information about our co-creation services, you can reach out to:

    Koen Put
    Head of Consulting Services

    Hans Vander Elst
    Head of Football

    Harvey Arman
    Director of double pass Asia & Oceania

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    Double pass scan

    For whom?

    As a federation or club it is good to have an external view on your talent development system

    What is it?

    Over the last 15 years double pass developed its own holistic model to measure the critical success factors of talent development systems in sports and football in particular. A double pass methodology has been developed to make a clear picture, on and off the pitch, from different perspectives. This proven method is also used in a double pass scan to analyse the organisational capacity, including the resources, strategies, structures and processes of a talent development system in a club or federation. Specific attention is paid to connection and translation from theory into practice (on the field). A report with concrete findings and recommendations is presented as a starting point for improvement. This is mostly discussed during a post-scan talk where consultants take over from the analysts to guide the club or federation through an optimization process.

    Meanwhile a focused scan has also been developed for a structured analysis of the first team environment in a club and the youth national teams in a federation.  

    Get in touch with our experts for more information.

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    Double pass starts new partnerships in Indonesia

    We have successfully closed a first partnership in Indonesia. It’s a co-creation journey together with the club Persijap Jepara and the state FA of Jepara.

    Esti Puji Lestari, President of Persijap Jepara Football Club and Vice-President of the social football movement in Indonesia will be our contact person. She has already been in touch with double pass HQ and says she is looking forward to a fruitful working relationship.

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    Double Pass’s directors describe and analyse the youth development in Brazil

    By Cristiano Bueno 30.05.2020

    The development of a football player depends on various aspects of individual, team and social development. To make it happens cohesively, it is important to have a support from companies specialised in the area. The Belgium consultancy company double pass is one of them. Double Pass optimizes and create process alongside clubs, leagues and federations all over the world.

    The company’s goal is to inspire, encourage and support all football stakeholders, using scientific methodologies that allow optimize the potential of the players, improve their qualities and produce sustainable social and economic capital for clubs and leagues. Benchmark in technical management of youth academies, double pass has as one of its pillars, the co-creation methodology explained below in the exclusive interview for DaBase.com.br.

    “We work constantly on the same process: understanding of what happens in the country, federations and clubs, when clients, always respecting the local culture. Thereafter, we can educate and offer tools for the management. We don’t enforce anything. Through the co-creation process, we share our knowledge and encourage the client and its team to develop their own philosophy. Joint work on the promotion of the human side of the players.” said Hugo Schoukens, CEO and founder of the company.

    Football Director, Hans Elst use the example of the work done alongside Belgian Federation, that started in 2002. Educating coaches and managers, the consultancy pointed out the aspects to be improved and how it could be done. Endorsed by the leaders, the procedures were developed. Nowadays, in addition to a stronger league, the Belgian National Team is harvesting the results, with great international level athletes in the main leagues and a great performance within competitions.

    Working in Brazil

    In the country, double pass has already worked alongside 4 clubs. Athletico Paranaense, CR Flamengo, SC Internacional and EC Bahia, the last one started this year. Hans made a diagnosis of the youth development work done in Brazil and highlighted that adopting a structured methodology is mandatory to avoid losing talents.

    “When we analyse Brazil, we realize there are plenty of human resources available. Funny thing is, in Europe we say that children don’t play anymore in the streets, don’t create new technical skills whilst Brazilians do. However, here in Brazil, we heard the same, that it was better in the past. The point is that clubs and federations adopt the organic way, which is the ‘let it happens’ without a well-defined process. Creating these processes, Brazil can be even stronger” he said.

    “An internal idea of talents must be created and organize the scouting and then implement the best structures for the athlete’s development, focusing on quality instead of quantity. There are clubs with 125 young players in their academies, an exceedingly high number. Normally teams worked with about 20 players by age group, but here in Brazil, there are squads with 55. It is necessary that the club identify talent, its profile and provide the best structure getting a much better result”, he added.

    Hugo added yet that it is fundamental to create a database with observations and analysis of the athletes. “Clubs must have data about 16, 17 years old players, information about their performance, scouting analysis. In this way, we avoid clubs to have 55 players in the squad and allow them to build a development environment within the club.”, he added. 

    Transition

    At the final stage of the development, structural processes are mandatory for a better outcome of the athletes and their optimal potential in the first team. But for the efficiency of it, the process starts at the lower age groups, developing a philosophy that works for the whole academy of the club or the federation, as Hans explained.

    “The transition is like developing the athlete pathway by age group. It starts with the connection; departments should be connected. For example, all age group teams should play the same style of play otherwise players will have to adapt to a new philosophy when reach the first team, where there is not too many time for it. Sometimes the players are not ready to go to the next level, then we must create goals, define playing time and afterwards observe the ROI. In addition to this, players are not only numbers. They must have fun, they are human beings, which is also our focus.”, he said.

    “It is necessary to give opportunities, detect players` maturity, identify the right moment. Every two or three months we assess them, analyse performance, if the is attending school. Only few of them become professionals, so we encourage them for their social development.” Hugo added.

    Management in Brazil

    To perform these procedures, double pass needs the engagement of coaches, coordinators and managers. Managers, however, can be a problem in Brazil. In a country where politics interfere with clubs and federations, maintaining long-term work is impossible. Director of double pass in Latin America, the Brazilian Alexandre Dias explains that this is a key success factor in the work.

    “It is important to say that success happens in the medium and long-term. We do not make changes; we provide tools and information for managers and the professionals to do so. In Brazil, we do not work with clubs because of their size, but because of their mentality. Often, the coaches are engaged, but the managers do not buy the idea.”, he said.

    The directors of the consultancy praised the management of EC Bahia, which, even with elections for positions, has a professional administration in which the president dedicates himself exclusively to the position.

    “In countries that have a political culture, there is a technical director with autonomy. When there is political and non-professional management, conflict occurs, with long-term difficulties. If you do not win this year, you will not keep the job. In Europe, changes do not create instability. When they change the strategy, they do it in the long term.” said Shockens.

    “When we compare it with Brazilian ecosystem, the difference is that the federations of these European countries are also engaged, not just a club president. He can decide on his team, but it must be reflected into the federation, into the league. Thus, we take steps for the entire system, not just a club. In the end, we have better leagues and a stronger set of teams.” detected Alexandre.

     

    Final Message

    Double Pass team leaves a final message for Brazilian managers and coaches. They say that speaking English, the search for knowledge and the focus on athletes are the key points for successful talent development.

    “We want to say that they continue to learn, looking abroad, and mainly learning English. I spoke with Odair Hellmann when we worked with Internacional and he was frustrated that he was unable to communicate directly with us. In Europe, we have several Brazilian players, but not coaches, as many do not speak English. In addition, looking through different perspectives, with a focus on individuals, on player development. Don’t think about playing three games a week and winning titles.” said Hans.

    “English is fundamental in the international context. If you want to study in Europe, you will have to know the language, because here it is only taught in this way. If you want to be a better coach, that’s the main point.”, added Hugo.

     

    This article previously appeared on Dabase.com. Read the original article

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    DP Development League kicks off new youth competition

    In a move that will strengthen the roots of Indian football, double pass will kick off a four-month-long youth football league at the HAL Sports Club on 3 November 2019. The league will be launched by NA Harris, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Shantinagar, Bengaluru.

    The double pass Development League’s youth competition will feature teams from across the city participating in two age categories. Children in the under-14 category will play 9v9 games, while those in the under-16 category will play 11v11 games. With matches held every Sunday, the league will run from November 2019 to February 2020.  

    “Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo played hundreds of competitive football matches before they turned 16,” said Sarthak Dubey, Director of double pass India. “Competition is an integral part of any successful talent development system. Our football academies can have the best training curriculums and the latest training methods, but without meaningful competition, it’s insignificant and incomplete .”

    “If we want to develop elite players, our young footballers first need to play more competitive football. Everything else is secondary. And our league provides just such a platform”.

    The double pass Development League (DPDL) will give children in Bengaluru a season-long platform to develop their technical skills, tactical understanding and physical endurance in a competitive environment. Double pass’s unique talent assessment framework will help Indian football academies improve their quality standards and benchmark them against those of successful academies around the globe.

    The DPDL youth league is an extension of double pass’s successful ‘Baby League’, which features children from under-7, under-9 and under-11 categories. Double pass aims to create a pathway that helps develop players and coaches grow through organised & structured competition. Over 850 children from 57 teams are now part of double pass leagues, playing over 700 matches ever year.

    Some of the city’s most well-established football academies, including Bengaluru FC, Roots Football School, BARCA Academy Bengaluru, Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools and Raman Sports Academy are part of the DPDL Baby League. The youth league will see many more new entrants such as BOCA Juniors, FC Bengaluru United, Football Academy of Bangalore (FAB), and Rebels FC.

    The All India Football Federation (AIFF) recently launched their ‘Baby Leagues’ initiative to promote more grassroots-level competition. The DPDL’s youth league will provide much-needed match practice to teams preparing for the annual AIFF Youth Leagues. The DPDL league is officially recognised and supported by the Karnataka State Football Association, which continues to take massive strides for the development of football in the state.

    Shri Satyanarayan, the newly-elected General Secretary of the Karnataka State Football Association, said, “We are delighted to support double pass, who are playing a crucial role in providing much needed game experience to our budding footballers. KSFA is very committed to grassroots and youth football and such initiatives by private organisations and academies play a key role in development of football in the city and state.”

    DPDL also supports the ‘Khelo India’ & ‘Fit India’ initiatives launched by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports to promote fitness. It will seek to improve the overall health of everyone involved with the league, including parents, supporters, coaches, staff and players. 

    For more information about DPDL visit the official website or contact our experts :

    Sarthak Dubey
    Director of double pass India

    Rajat Baid
    Director double pass India

    Steven Vansina
    General Manager

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    DPDL Finals U7, U9 and U11

    The inaugural edition of double pass Development League (DPDL) concluded in grand fashion on Sunday at Kicks on Grass, Bellandur. Bangalore City FC (BCFC) emerged victorious in the Under 7 and Under 9 age categories cheered on by their passionate set of fans and parents, while the Indian Super League club Bengaluru FC’s academy team took home the Under 11 title.

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    DPDL in the news in India

    Double pass kicked off a four-month-long youth football league at the HAL Sports Club on 3 November 2019. The double pass Development League’s youth competition will feature teams from across the city participating in two age categories. Children in the under-14 category will play 9v9 games, while those in the under-16 category will play 11v11 games. With matches held every Sunday, the league will run from November 2019 to February 2020.  

     

    For more information about DPDL visit the official website or contact our experts :

    Sarthak Dubey
    Director of double pass India

    Rajat Baid
    Director double pass India

    Steven Vansina
    General Manager

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    Effective youth development and players’ transition: 4 critical managerial and structural elements

    Are strategy and structure not your cup of tea as football professional? Do you know the feeling that your academy is doing well, that your coaching staff is working very hard to prepare the best talents for your first team, but…year after year none of your academy players gets the chance to show their potential at the highest level of the club? When incoming transfers are always taking in these positions it can be frustrating. At a certain moment, it will be very difficult to keep your coaches motivated and even your talents will start to look for better environments.

    For that reason, it is fundamental to open your perspective further than the internal organisation of your academy and to make sure that you are well positioned in the bigger picture!

    To become effective in talent development, it is key to ‘invest’ in four structural or managerial elements:

     

    1. Long-term strategic planning

    First, it is fundamental that the shared values and the goals of the club are clear and accepted by all stakeholders. This is key before thinking about how to contribute to these goals as an academy. For this it is important that the academy is represented at board level or that at least one of the board members is having the oversight responsibility with regard to talent development in your club.

    2. Role clarification

    Based on the club’s strategy and football business model, it should be defined what is really expected from the academy. It is important that this role is confirmed by the board to have some kind of mandate in terms of resources, but also in some kind of shared responsibility to get players in the first team or promoted to the highest level.

    3. Communication channels

    When it is the main objective to get players in the first team squad, the most important prerequisite is to have an optimal organisational structure in which there is harmonious and formally installed cooperation between the Head Coach, Sports Director and Academy Director.

    4. Organisational cohesion

    Of course regular contact and good cooperation between the first team and the academy environment will enhance the chance that philosophies, strategies and even cultures will be more in line with each other, what finally will result in a higher chance on transition and effective playing opportunities with the first team.

    Among other things, this supports why the double pass model includes strategy and structure as the first elements of the dimension “Corporate management” or “Club management”.

    How does the double pass model look like?

    I want to know more about this topic!

    In this article we are referring to a study of Hugo Relvas and his colleagues. 

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    Ekstraklasa

    Ekstraklasa has given the assignment to double pass to organise its first Master Class Academy Management in Poland in april 2017. During four consecutive workshops, the 16 Polish elite clubs had the opportunity to deep dive into the critical succes factors of elite academy management. Both theoretical and practical issues of running a professional academy were lectured by double pass experts. Afterwards this content was put into practice by means of hands-on exercices in which participants could share their knowledge and experience. This interactive way of working ensured a very good vibe.

    The objective was to collectively educate the Technical Directors, Academy Directors and Heads of Coaching with regard to “How to successfully run an elite academy from a sport technical and managerial point of view?” and by the end improve the way football academies are functioning currently in order to develop more, better young football players.

    16 professional football clubs were represented by their Technical Directors, Academy Directors and Head of Coaching. Double pass gave a conference at the Ekstraklasa headquarters with the objective to inspire the representatives of the Ekstraklasa clubs. The topics that were tackled were: what are the critical success factors of a talent development system? How to implement a football philosophy and curriculum? What is needed on federation, league and especially on club level to create a state-of-the-art academy?

    On Tuesday 19th June 2017, the official graduation ceremony of the Master Class Academy Management Poland took place at the Ekstraklasa headquarters.

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    Ekstraklasa assigns education professional clubs to double pass

    We are happy to announce our new partnership with the Ekstraklasa.

    Ekstraklasa has given the assignment to double pass to organise its first Master Class Academy Management in Poland.

    The objective is to collectively educate the Technical Directors, Academy Directors and Heads of Coaching with regard to “How to successfully run an elite academy from a sport technical and managerial point of view?” and by the end improve the way football academies are functioning currently in order to develop more, better young football players.

    This Master Class is being taught in a blended learning format, combining collective workshops with online assignments. With this course, taking off in March 2017 and lasting until June 2017, double pass wants to inspire and stimulate Polish clubs to invest in building “State of the Art Talent Development Systems”, to create openness for changes and improvement in order the evolve and raise the bar of the quality of the whole youth talent development system in the Polish league.

    This cooperation is part of our education services. More info

    Are you an ambitious individual interested in our unique approach combining football specific and managerial content? Then apply now for our International Master Class Academy Management. More info

    Picture: credits Ekstraklasa S.A.

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    Ekstraklasa clubs present at Polish double pass conference

    The 16 Polish professional football clubs, represented by its Technical Directors, Academy Directors and Heads of Coaching, have gathered for the double pass conference which was held at the Ekstraklasa headquarters.

    The full day conference had as objective to inspire the representatives of the Ekstraklasa clubs. The topics that were tackled were: what are the critical success factors of a talent development system? How to implement a football philosophy and curriculum? What is needed on federation, league and especially on club level to create a state-of-the-art academy?

    Double pass hopes to have stimulated the Ekstraklasa clubs to optimise their player potential.

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    FC Bayern München and KAA Gent: the quest for a new first team coach

    FC Bayern München

    KAA Gent

    FC Bayern München and its first team coach Carlo Ancelotti end their cooperation. Based on the last results, the ‘Recordmeister’ fired its coach who was active in the club since the football season 2016-2017.

    Hein Vanhaezebrouck and KAA Gent both went separate ways after three years of successful cooperation. Together with the Belgian coach, the club won the first title in its 115 years of existence, played 1/16 finals in the Champions League and 1/8 finals in Europe League.

    The quest for a new first team coach starts. Who should these clubs be looking for?

    “David Moyes was the chosen one, Jose Mourinho was the special one. But owners and chairman in my opinion should just be looking for the right one.” – PSD Sport

    What should these clubs take into account in their search for success?
    • What is the business model and the strategy of the club?
    • What are the ambitions?
    • What are the values?
    • What is the role (expectations, responsibilities and key tasks) of the first team coach and which profile (experiences, knowledge, skills, competences, attitude) is related to the role?
    • Who should be involved in the analysis process of the first team coach profile? Technical Committee? Should the Academy Manager be part of it?
    • What should be the hiring process?
    • Who should be involved in the decision making process?

    According to an interview between the president of KAA Gent Ivan De Witte and the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, it is clear which new first team coach they are looking for.

    “We want to appoint our new first team coach as soon as possible. The faster, the better. But we don’t need to hurry up. It must be the right choice.”

    “We have a specific profile in mind. Our coach must bring attractive football. This doesn’t only mean ball possession. Due to our style of play, we have sold so many season tickets and we have created the goodwill of our fans and analists.”

    “Further we want a first team coach who has a clear concept and who can let his players execute that concept. He needs a strong personality. We have a heterogeneous team, with many nationalities.”

    If this analysis and answers to the above key questions leads to success. How can the club identify the above criteria within one person?

    For many this seems to be the one million dollar question. However there are some methodologies which could support the search and decision making process.

    What are possible methodologies to select the next successful first team coach and what is the predictive validity, i.e. the success rate, of each methodology?

    Let us take a look what science says:

    Predictive validity

    Example: Imagine a line with starting point 0 and ending point 1. If we then would only overview the coaches resume with his professional experiences, the dot would already stop at 0,18 out of 1,00. This is to compare with 18% out of 100%. Are you going to take the responsibility to leave 0,82 to good luck and coincidence?

    Let us throw you a challenge. You are the Sports Director of FC Bayern München, KAA Gent or any other professional club. How would you proceed to find the next successful coach for your club?

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    FC Copenhagen

    After being involved in the double pass masterclass of 2016 and in the first co-creation cycle of 2017/18, FCK decided to customise their next co-creation track. They decided to start the 2018/19 season with a full scan analysis of their academy, which was going to be benchmarked against the Elite European academies in the different dimensions of the double pass model. Furthermore, they saw this scan as a “situation as is” snapshot of their academy to be used to define the most appropriate co-creation pathway for the rest of the season.

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    FC Dallas

    Double pass has been assessing and supporting the USSF Development Academies of MLS and non MLS clubs in the season 2015-2016.

    MLS Soccer clubs’ owners often question whether youth development must be seen as a return on investment rather than a cost.

    The graph below from KPMG Football Benchmark shows that FC Dallas had the most points in the regular MLS 2016 season whilst having the lowest payroll of all MLS clubs.

    FC Dallas home-grown player productivity

    When we dig one step further, we see that FC Dallas is achieving this sportive success by integrating own Academy developed players in their first team.

    FC Dallas is one of the best in class in our assessments of home-grown player productivity (=the number of players developed in the own academy transitioning to the 1st team).

    Eight home-grown players played at least three games as starter or substitute over the last three seasons. Knowing that the average for the whole MLS is three players per club, this underlines the strong vision and plan with regard to talent development of FC Dallas. And, this is clearly paying off for the first team!

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    FC Dallas

    Double pass has been assessing and supporting the USSF Development Academies of MLS and non MLS clubs in the season 2015-2016.

    MLS Soccer clubs’ owners often question whether youth development must be seen as a return on investment rather than a cost.

    The graph below from KPMG Football Benchmark shows that FC Dallas had the most points in the regular MLS 2016 season whilst having the lowest payroll of all MLS clubs.

    FC Dallas home-grown player productivity

     

    When we dig one step further, we see that FC Dallas is achieving this sportive success by integrating own Academy developed players in their first team.

    FC Dallas is one of the best in class in our assessments of home-grown player productivity (=the number of players developed in the own academy transitioning to the 1st team).

    Eight home-grown players played at least three games as starter or substitute over the last three seasons. Knowing that the average for the whole MLS is three players per club, this underlines the strong vision and plan with regard to talent development of FC Dallas. And, this is clearly paying off for the first team!

    We share these data with the permission of the respective club.

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    FC Kopenhagen Co-Creation journey

    In November, double pass conducted a 3-day co-creation assignment at FC Kopenhagen to carry out a full scan analysis of their academy that will be benchmarked against the Elite European academies in the different dimensions of the double pass model.

    Our Project Manager Denmark and Senior Football Consultant Ricky Martin together with our Health & Performance Manager Steven Probst started with a 2 hours’ post scan presentation for the entire staff of the academy. In this session, they first went through the scan report,explained all dimensions and discussed the strengths and main action points of the FCK academy. After showing the European benchmark in terms of processes –resources ratio, the staff members were divided into 3 different groups to outline the priorities for their academy for the upcoming season(s). This marked the start of an excellent group discussion after which an action plan and key action points were defined to help the academy obtain its objectives.

    This visit focused on individual development in all its facets and on Health & Performance. As it became clear during the scan that FCK scores very high on individual development, our consultants focused on the individual player profile, a kind of football cv which playerscan take along during their journey in the academy and hand over to the coaches when moving up to the next age group. That profile can be used to define individual action plans, make sure that players take ownership of their development and that progression can be monitored and evaluated continuously.

    Within Health & Performance we first focused on the development of a Health & Performance philosophy and creating the connection between the Health & Performance and coaching staff.  Secondly, we developed a framework and shared ideas to develop a physical & mental curriculum over the different age groups. The Academy Director wanted all staff members to be involved in all sessions, and when looking back, we must admit that this choice was key to create the atmosphere in which everyone was so eager to learn and was open for new ideas. Sometimes it was stormy with heavy discussions, everyone being challenged and arguments going back and forth. But we are sure that this high-quality staff formed a foundation for the further development of their academy.

    Sune Smith-Nielsen, Mananger of the F.C. Københavns talent division said ”Working with double pass is very challenging, their consultants always come up with new ideas, questions, knowledge and deliver all these in an innovative way”.

    Double pass’ cooperation with the DanishFootball League (Divisionsforeningen) goes back to the summer of 2015 when we were assigned to assess and support their talent development system. The assessments of the Danish professional clubs were twofold. The first wave of assessments took place from March until June 2016 (15 A license clubs). The second wave took place from September 2016 until June 2017 (14 B/T license clubs). Subsequently, double pass supported the 15 A license professional clubs during the ‘Master Class Academy Management’, including 7 workshops, an internship and an examination, ran from September 2016 until May 2017.

    After being involved in the double pass masterclass of 2016 and in the first co-creation cycle last season, FCK decided to customise their next co-creation track. They decided to start the 2018-2019 season with a full scan analysis of their academy, which was going to be benchmarked against the Elite European academies in the different dimensions of the double pass model. Furthermore, they saw this scan as a “situation as is” snapshot of their academy to be used to define the most appropriate co-creation pathway for the rest of the season.

    If you want more information about our co-creation services, you can reach out to:

    Koen Put
    Head of Consulting Services

    Hans Vander Elst
    Head of Football

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    FIFA

    We are very proud to announce that double pass has been chosen as the partner to roll out FIFA’s new groundbreaking Talent Development Programme.

    “FIFA wants to ensure that each talent gets a chance and each Federation gets the opportunity to optimise their talent development system. Over time, this will lead to a more balanced competitive landscape. This High Performance Programme will analyse and support Football Federations and Clubs/Academies with regard to their processes to set up a sustainable, long term talent identification and development programme” dixit Arsène Wenger (FIFA Chief of Global Football Development)

    This worldwide project, in which it is expected 120 nations will participate, will be rolled out in several phases:

    The analysis phase :  From April – September 2020

    FIFA will conduct an analysis of the eco-system of all their Member Associations and double pass will conduct an on-site and online analysis of different academies (Men and Women) within every nation. In total 360 academies on-site and 1560 academies online will be analysed.

    The reporting phase : From October – December 2020

    Every academy will receive an individual report from double pass with clear findings, benchmarks and recommendations. In addition, all nations will receive a report about their academies. These reports of all nations will be integrated in the global FIFA eco-system report.

    The supporting phase and incentive programme :  From 2021 onwards

    Based on the findings of the analysis, a supporting phase will start in which tailored technical support programmes for federations and academies will be rolled-out across all nations that participated in the analysis phase.

    About 15 talent development experts from double pass will be involved in this project to create this unique picture of football academies all over the world.

    This is a game changing project for double pass and we absolutely look forward to this journey together with FIFA!

    “After having worked in 18 countries in the world, we are proud to be able to spread our expertise on a truly global scale in order to change the game!” Hugo Schoukens (CEO & Founder)

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    FIFA Talent Development Programme

    “A game changing project for Football! Bridging the gap and further innovating worldwide Talent Development Systems of Federations, leagues and clubs. Together with FIFA we will optimise player potential worldwide and produce more better players! Proud of what we initiated 18 years ago on a smaller scale we can do now on a larger scale. Proud to see our reason of existence to be confirmed!” Hugo Schoukens

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    FIFA’s groundbreaking Talent Development Programme kicks off

    Double Pass is getting the ball rolling as FIFA’s partner to roll out the Talent Development Programme in an endeavour to optimise player potential in all corners of the globe. Due to the pandemic, the start of the analysis phase was delayed. But, since the end of June onwards, youth academies of the 125 participating nations are subjected to a thorough online academy analysis based on the critical success factors of Double Pass’s scientific model with proprietary algorithms. A grand total of 375 leading youth academies (both boys and girls) will be undergoing an in-depth analysis, while another 1.250 academies will participate in an online survey to analyse the satisfaction of the various stakeholders and the perceived quality of talent development within the academy.

    All participating academies have access to CAMP (Club & Academy Monitoring Platform), Double Pass’s digital platform.

    As part of the academy analysis, we aim to analyse the critical success factors of the leading academies as it was before the COVID-19 breakout. As the impact of the pandemic cannot be ignored in the present situation, a questionnaire is included as part of the analysis to gauge the way in which the coronavirus has affected the academy in question.

    The goal of the academy analysis is to gain a better understanding of how talent is developed within  football academies worldwide. This is done by means of online surveys, documentary analysis, online interviews with all key stakeholders, and a video analysis of a training session. Participants are provided with a report compiled by one of the 15 Double Pass experts from all over the world. The report will highlight the key strengths and action points of the talent development set-up and include findings, benchmarks, specific recommendations and actions points for the future. The various reports obtained from all participating nations are then integrated in the global FIFA eco-system report. This will be a highly fruitful first step towards performance improvement.

    Based on the findings of the analysis, a supporting phase will be initiated in which tailored technical support programmes for the various federations and academies will be rolled out across all nations that participated in the analysis phase.

    The process has already been initiated in several countries, including Georgia and Kenya. Georgia’s leading youth academies (FC Dinamo Tbilisi Football Academy, FC Locomotive Tbilisi Youth Academy and FC Saburtalo Tbilisi Football Academy) were able to benefit from an analysis of the various areas of their High-Performance Ecosystem conducted by László Végh at the end of June. In Kenya, Ruben Lucker performed an analysis of Ligi Ndogo SC, Kariobangi Sharks and Moving the Goalpost (MTG). Up next are Belarus, Cameroon, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Tunisia, Zimbabwe,… and all other participating nations.

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    First assessment project in Morocco successfully completed

    In November 2018, double pass went to work on the African continent for the first time in its history as partner of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation. The assignment has 2 different angles; a review of the federation itself, together with the functioning of the national youth teams and an assessment of the talent development system of all 16 clubs of the first division “Botola Pro”.

    Football Consultants Ariël Jacobs and Jo Van Hoecke were the first to start on Moroccan soil. It soon became apparent that Moroccan football has a lot of potential, which has not been sufficiently developed yet. In short, an ideal working environment for the services of double pass.

    From December 2018 to April 2019 a team of 6 assessors, consisting of Kris Collaert, Davy Verbeeck, Jean-François de Sart, Raf de Koninck, Ariel Jacobs, Ruben Lucker and Ibtissam Bouharat, set to work for the organization of the 16 club scans . Every week, two clubs were visited for a 2 days assessment. Quite a challenging assignment given the surface of the country and the distribution of the clubs.

    During a scan our consultants perform a complete screening of the organizational capacity and set-up of how talent is being developed. It includes many different processes and football specific topics. In this way double pass gets a clear view of the situation “as is”. 

    Morocco is known for its beautiful landscapes, its hospitality and its technically gifted players. We can without a doubt conclude that we have not been disappointed after our introduction to the Moroccan football landscape. Our team has been stunned by the diversity between mountain and sea more than once and the clubs have always done their best to receive our consultants in an excellent way.

    In terms of youth education, Morocco is not a world leader, but the potential of the players we met in the clubs is enormous. Double pass sees a lot of tactical challenges after the assessment project, but technical football is undoubtedly part of the DNA of the Moroccan.

    Finally, post scan talks took place in May for all the clubs involved. The reports were thorough, still the reactions of the clubs to the project team, the scans, the reports and a possible follow-up process were extremely positive.

    A detailed overview report with results of all assessed clubs on all different dimensions of our model, was presented to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.

    Double pass looks back at a satisfying, exciting and challenging first experience on the African continent.

    If you want more information about our assessment offer or about this project, you can reach out to:

    David Pauwels
    Head of Assessment

    Ibtissam Bouharat
    Assessor

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    First double pass conference

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    First results of the online survey presented in Flanders

    During the Quality in Sports Happening 2019 the first results of the online survey have been presented to the clubs of our partner, Voetbal Vlaanderen. The main goal of this survey is to analyse the perception and satisfaction of 3 key stakeholders: directors, coaches and parents.

    The results are based on a sample of 256 clubs which have been assessed in the last 2 seasons (2017-2019). At provincial level the average participation rate of the 142 clubs was about 90 respondents. In the regional clubs the participation rate was almost 50 per club.

    Coach satisfaction

    When we focus on the drivers of coach satisfaction we see that 80% of the Flemish coaches are satisfied about their role and function in the club. In general we can conclude that coaches at provincial level are a little more satisfied about most of the items, compared with their colleagues from the regional clubs, especially with regard to the working environment and the opportunities for personal development. Points of attention for most of the clubs are the way how coaches are informed (about strategic decisions, procedures, status, etc.) and the respect they receive (involvement, compensation and rewarding, etc.).

    Satisfaction of parents

    As far as the parents are concerned, we can conclude that 70% to 80% considers the value for money in the club as good to very good. 86% of the parents would recommend their club to family and friends. However, a clear action point for most of the clubs is providing feedback about the individual performance and progression of their child.

    Interesting to know is why parents have chosen the club. It is clear that for regional clubs the distance and friends are the most important factors. The higher the level, the more important the professional setting and reputation of the club become.

    From now on, in all assessment projects the clubs will see their detailed results on the double pass platform.

    If you want more information about our assessment services or about this project, you can reach out to:

    David Pauwels
    Head of Assessment

    Jo Van Hoecke
    Head of Product & Founder

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    Flemish Football Association

    Since 2002, on a three year cycle base, 1.190 professional and grassroots assessments were carried out in the double pass and Flemish Football Association auditing, certification and supporting project. Quality labels are stimulating the talent development processes of the academies and are today a means for the organisation of youth competitions.

    During our yearly Quality in Sports Happening we celebrate and reward those clubs which have had an assessment in the past football season. Next to that, double pass wishes to emphasise the daily efforts of many volunteers and reward them for their merits.

    In November 2016 we were happy to announce the renewal of our long-lasting partnership with the Flemish Football Association. Until 2021, we will continue to strive together for more and better run academies in Flanders and optimising Flemish/Belgian player potential.

    The Flemish Football Association (Voetbal Vlaanderen) is the Flemish-speaking section of the Royal Belgian Football Federation.

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    Flemish Football Association

    Flemish Football AssociationSince 2003, on a three year cycle base, 1.190 professional and grassroots assessments were carried out in the double pass and Flemish Football Association auditing, certification and supporting project. Quality labels are stimulating the talent development processes of the academies and are today a means for the organisation of youth competitions. During our yearly Quality in Sports Happening we celebrate and reward those clubs which have had an assessment in the past football season. Next to that, double pass wishes to emphasise the daily efforts of many volunteers and reward them for their merits.

    “The cooperation with double pass was an important breakthrough and step forward in our relationship with the clubs and their academies. Double pass is a catalyst in the Belgian Talent Development System and the project is an essential means to help the clubs to run their academies. It is a leverage for the implementation of our football development philosophy.” – Bob Browaeys, Technical Director Belgian Football Association & U17 National Team Coach
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    Flemish Football Association (Voetbal Vlaanderen)

    Project

    Since 2003, on a three year cycle base, 1.190 professional and grassroots audits were carried out in the double pass auditing, certification and supporting project. Quality labels are stimulating the talent development processes of the academies and are today a means for the organisation of youth competitions.
    During our yearly Quality in Sports Happening we celebrate and reward those clubs which have had an audit in the past football season. Next to that, double pass wishes to emphasise the daily efforts of many volunteers and reward them for their merits.

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    Gouramangi Singh

    It’s so heartening to see the turnout today from all parents, coaches and kids. Double Pass Development League has provided a fantastic platform to both boys and girls to showcase and develop their skills. I am impressed with the way the tournament has been organised professionally by double pass. Its brilliant for the children!

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    Graduation Master Class Academy Management Denmark

    We could notice one by one happy faces during the graduation ceremony of the Master Class Academy Management Denmark. The official moment took place at the DBU headquarters on May 4th.

    On behalf of the Divisionsforeningen, i.e. the Danish League, double pass took off with this Master Class in October 2016. A logical and profound next phase after the assessment process of all Danish elite football academies. During this Master Class, consisting of seven workshops, an internship abroad and an examination, Academy Directors, A+ coaches and coaches were immersed into the theoretical and practical issues of running a professional academy. Double pass experts provided them an holistic vision of building up and running an elite academy.

    Double pass representatives and our CEO Hugo Schoukens handed over the official certificate for successfully completing their education.

    This Master Class was part of our education services. More info

    Are you an ambitious individual and do you also want to sharpen your knowledge and skills regarding Academy Management? Then, apply now for our International Master Class Academy Management taking off on October 16th Find out more

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    Graduation Master Class Academy Management Poland

    On Tuesday June 19th, the official graduation ceremony of the Master Class Academy Management Poland took place at the Ekstraklasa headquarters.

    Together with Ekstraklasa, i.e. the Polish League, double pass started this inspirational Master Class in April 2017. During four consecutive workshops, the 16 Polish elite clubs had the opportunity to deep dive into the critical succes factors of elite academy management. Both theoretical and practical issues of running a professional academy were lectured by double pass experts. Afterwards this content was put into practice by means of hands-on exercices in which participants could share their knowledge and experience. This interactive way of working ensured a very good vibe.

    CEO Hugo Schoukens and HR Manager Jimmy Lelie handed over the official certificate for successfully completing their Master Class.

    This Master Class was part of our education services. More info

    Are you an ambitious individual and do you also want to sharpen your knowledge and skills regarding Academy Management? Then, apply for the upcoming International Master Class Academy Management starting October 16th. Find out more

    You can find more information about the Polish league on their website : Ekstraklasa

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    Hans Vander Elst becomes Head of Football 

    Hans Vander Elst started in January 2019 as Football Consultant at double pass. In that role he participated in various consulting projects in Denmark, Brazil (SC Internacional) and Uzbekistan (FK Pakhtakor Tashkent). The immediate fit with our people and the football model, the quality of his work combined with his inner drive and passion, were the decisive factors for double pass management.

    As Head of Football, Hans Vander Elst will oversee the various activities (assessment, training and consulting) and carry the responsibility for the double pass football model. Coordinating the model within the organization, managing the structure and further developing the model are part of his main tasks. Double pass strives to establish a holistic framework in which topics such as “Transition to 1st team”, “Health & Performance”, “on-field practice” are given a prominent place. Thanks to his rich career, Hans has a broad knowledge and experience on which he can rely to grow further and raise the bar even higher in collaboration with the team of double pass experts in various fields.

    Hans Vander Elst started his football career at the age of 6 at Zwarte Duivels Oud-Heverlee and experienced the entire rise from 2nd provincial to 3rd class. When OH Leuven was established in 2002, he put an end to his player career to focus solely on his other duties within the youth academy and the first team. In 2007 and 2008 he was active as Technical Director to return to the field afterwards. Hans Vander Elst has a Coach Pro License and Academy Director Pro License.

    Hans Vander Elst : “I am looking forward to this great and inspiring challenge, to match my experience in Belgian football with the double pass model and to spread it further worldwide. The starting point for talent development from the youth academy to the first team is everywhere the same, but implementing our model taking into account different environmental factors; management, staff, culture, football philosophy is the strength of double pass.” 

    Hans Vander Elst
    Head of Football

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    Hertha BSC

    Double pass launched its first consulting project in Germany in 2019 with Hertha BSC. The objective of this co-creation program with the Berlin based club is to optimise the effectiveness of the training sessions and matches based on their specific football philosophy.

    Hertha BSC was the first club in the world to get started with the Tag-it tool. Tag-it is a digital solution developed by double pass to objectively monitor and analyse training sessions and games in order to align coaching and football philosophy with the practice on field. 

    Double pass football experts work together with Hertha BSC’s technical staff to increase the effectiveness of the training work by:

    • An in depth-analysis and finetuning of the training philosophy and training principles.
    • Observing and self-evaluating training sessions within the youth academy by use of the Tag-it.
    • Installing coaching workshops regarding training philosophy, training principles, and the transfer towards the field of play.
    • On field practice: creating training sessions and exercises, optimising coaching style, minimising downtime and increasing the learning effects.

     

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    Hertha BSC partners with double pass

    Double pass is proud to announce its first consulting project in Germany with Hertha BSC. The objective of this co-creation program with the Berlin based club is to optimise the effectiveness of the training sessions and matches based on their specific football philosophy.

    Double pass is the ideal partner in that area due to the combination of knowledge, experience and technology.

    Double pass football experts will work together with Hertha BSC’s technical staff to increase the effectiveness of the training work by:

    • An in depth-analysis and finetuning of the training philosophy and training principles.
    • Observing and self-evaluating training sessions within the youth academy by use of the Tag-it.
    • Installing coaching workshops regarding training philosophy, training principles, and the transfer towards the field of play.
    • On field practice: creating training sessions and exercises, optimising coaching style, minimising downtime and increasing the learning effects.

    Hertha BSC gets the scoop to be the first club in the world to get started with the new Tag-it tool. Tag-it is a digital solution developed by double pass to objectively monitor and analyse training sessions and games in order to align coaching and football philosophy with the practice on field. 

    If you want more information about our co-creation services or our Tag-it solution, you can reach out to:

    Koen Put
    Head of Consulting Services

    Steven Probst
    Health & Performance Manager

    Jo Van Hoecke
    Head of Product & Founder

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    Holger Hieronymus & Christian Seifert

    The double pass project has optimised the quality of our academies and is a success story! It’s our youth academies that continuously provide talents that make the Bundesliga clubs and the National team so exciting, attractive and successful.

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    Hungarian Football Federation | Magyar Labdarúgó Szövetség (MLSZ)

    In May 2018, double pass held the launch of the next phase of the Hungarian project in co-operation with the Hungarian Football Federation (HFF). During the launch, which was held in the HFF Training Centre in Telki, 4 members of the HFF Steering Commission together with the double pass team presented the new assessment cycle to the clubs.

    In the season 2018-2019, double pass assessed all Elite Academies in Hungary. Previously, in the seasons 2013-14 and 2015-16, 15 Elite Academies had been assessed all over the country. In between, an Elite Academy Management course was delivered by double pass experts.

    The 2018-19 assessment provide clubs with findings, an action plan, scores and benchmarks in a club-specific report. Part of this report was a training and games analysis report based on the observed sessions and games. The Federation received a global report with findings and scores of all all Academies. It was the HFF’s intention to reward the clubs by means of clustering based on the assessments.

    The assessment criteria for the clubs were slightly modified based on a review from the previous cycle, as well as valuable feedback from a Task Force, which comprised a Steering Commission, 4 HFF-appointed Club representatives and 3 double pass representatives.

    In October 2018 we have further strengthened our partnership with Magyar Labdarúgó Szövetség, (MLSZ), the Hungarian Football Federation, which organises the Hungarian league and the Hungarian national team.
    MLSZ has been a partner for many years, and engaged for a roll-out of two different Master Class courses. The first was our Master Class Academy Management, and the second was our newly developed Master Class for Technical Directors of clubs.

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    Hungary strengthens partnership with double pass

    We have further strengthened our partnership with Magyar Labdarúgó Szövetség, (MLSZ), the Hungarian Football Federation, which organises the Hungarian league and the Hungarian national team.

    MLSZ has been a partner for many years, and is now engaging for a roll-out of two different Master Class courses. The first is our Master Class Academy Management, and the second is our newly developed Master Class for Technical Directors of clubs.

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    Internacional has signed a contract with double pass

    `The Sport Club Internacional has signed a contract with double pass. The Belgian company has been working in the football market for more than 15 years and is directly responsible for consulting and applying new methods in federations and clubs. One of the main cases of success was the work done with the German Federation, where it was fundamental to reformulate the concept of development of athletes and way of playing of German football grassroots, resulting in the world title of 2014, in the World Cup played in Brazil.

    Double pass also provided services to the English and Belgian federations. In Brazil, only two clubs had a contract with the company: Flamengo and Atlético-PR. The work with Inter includes a complete survey of all work developed in the club’s grassroots, with instruments and tools with a scientific base to seek the evolution of practices in the institution.

    Through interviews with professionals, games observation, training, visits to structures, access to work methods, among other data, contracted professionals will make a complete report aiming at the best development of athletes, training and management methods, seeking to improve the work accomplished.

    Double pass is a consolidated company in world football. At Inter, we look for the evolution of the work and believe that this consultancy can give us much support to advance in many aspects of the training. We always stand out for being the leading player in terms of athletes, titles and structure. With this partnership, we are seeking to further increase our work and evolve as a training club. Double Pass’s history gives us certainty that we will have a great result with this partnership, “said Inter’s vice-president, Roberto Melo.

    In the month of June, company’s professionals will be present in the day to day of the basic categories of the club to carry out the work. At the moment, reports, games and training videos of the grassroots teams, questionnaires and other information relevant to the development of a first stage of the consultancy are already being passed on.

    Read the official press release of Internacional (Portugese)

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    International Football Expo - Frankfurt

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    International Master Class Academy Management

    Do you want to become an expert in football academy management?

    Join our International Master Class Academy Management and discover all the secrets of talent development.

    The next International Master Class will start on October 16th (both on campus & online).

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    International Sports Convention - Geneva

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    Interview about double pass’ work in Flamengo in sports magazine 'Sport & Strategy'

    Double pass Head of Product & Founder Jo Van Hoecke and Head of Football Development, Henk Mariman gave an insight on the work double pass conducted in Flamengo, Brazil.  

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    Interview Hugo Schoukens by Eleven Sports Belgium

    Our CEO , Hugo Schoukens has been interviewed by Eleven Sports Belgium, as regards the many years of work double pass conducted in Germany. The interview was broadcasted for the first time during the break of the UEFA Nations League game Germany – France, which took place on 6 September 2018.

  • Is there return on investment of talent development?

    We have been assessing German Bundesliga clubs since 2006 through different cycles. These assessments emphasised the awareness about the crucial importance of talent development and resulted in more efficiently and effectively organised clubs.

    It is important to state that the implementation of our double pass model using our methodology and concept is a reason for success, but not the only one. Recent doctoral research at the University of Brussels showed that an increase in productivity (=own trained academy players transitioning to a professional environment) of a club can be explained for 54% by the criteria of our double pass model. The other 46% are non-controllable factors on which one does not have any impact on (e.g. geographic location, culture, economic situation,…).

    Knowing this, we have looked at the productivity (and thus return on investment) of an academy from two angles: productivity for the own first team on the one hand, and for other first teams in the German Bundesliga on the other.

     

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    Borussia VfL Mönchengladbach

    In this graph we visualise the players that were developed in the Borussia Mönchengladbach academy and transitioning to the own first team of Borussia Mönchengladbach. The market value of new homegrown players into the first team is based on the year of entrance into the first team. Source : www.transfermarkt.de

    “The graph shows, that many good processes and productivity were initiated by the certification process.”

    Roland Virkus, Academy Director Borussia Mönchengladbach

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    SV Werder Bremen

    In this graph we visualise the players that were developed in the Werder Bremen academy and transitioning to the first teams of other Bundesliga clubs.

    “The productivity to a first team squad is the most important criterium for our youth development! The certification process gives us valuable indications for further improvements in this area.“

    Björn Schierenbeck, Academy Director Werder Bremen

    We share these data with the permission of the respective clubs.

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    J.League

    Double pass signed a partnership with the Japanese professional football league (J. League), including the first division J1 League, second division J2 League and third division J3 League. The J1 League is one of the most successful leagues in Asian club football.

    The project was launched in August 2015 at the JFA house in Tokyo. We worked on maximising their player potential, via 3 different services:  assessments, education and co-creation. 40 J League 1 and 2 Academies were assessed between October 2015 and December 2016. A post assessment talk in order to clarify and share thoughts about the report and recommendations, was the closing of this cycle.

    After 2 representatives of each Academy were educated about the double pass talent development frame. Club visits by double pass consultants provided the Academies to learn by doing and implement the educated frame work. 1 clear example is the creation of an own Academy football philosophy. In April 2017 14 J league 3 club joined the project, by being assessed and educated.

    Altogether double pass assessed 54 clubs and the JFA Academy. Each club received a report and came to the JFA House in Tokyo for a post assessment talk. Participants of the post assessment talks: club and academy staff, J.League representatives, double pass team (project manager and assessors).

    54 Academies, represented by each 2 Academy representative joined the Master Class Academy Management. 40 Academies were visited for six days by 2 double pass consultants, ensuring that culture is at the forefront of delivery combined with the double pass framework, guarantees that the Japanese football will deliver in its quest for optimising youth player potential in football.

    The Master Class J2 & J3 clubs (3/2018 – 12/2018)

    After a kick-off of the Master Class Academy Management in March 2018,  al Academy Directors of the J2 and J3 league clubs gathered for a second time in Osaka in June 2018.  The topics shared during this event were the development of curriculum linked to performance, all connected to the previous  first cycle: the double pass Football Model. One of many highlights of the Master Class was the interactive session on delivery, which triggered all participants to be highly engaged, communicating and confident to share their ideas amongst each other, all with the aim to raise the level of the Japanese Football. As it has always been a tradition, the Master Class concluded with its famous ‘Kampai’ event where all participants met for dinner network and celebrate in traditional Japanese style, an event enjoyed by all and a real eye opener into the beauty of the Japanese culture.

    In September 2018, we organised the third and final workshop of the Master Class Academy Management program for the same few J1 clubs and all J2 and J3 clubs, 35 in total. Besides the difficulties in traveling into the country due to the typhoon, the workshop, which was all about Individual development, was challenging and instructive. The eagerness to evolve and to become 1 of the world leading football nations, inspired the J. League and their clubs to optimize their talent development. The workshop was followed by a demo session on the pitch, which brought the theory alive and demonstrated how to integrate individual development accents within a team training session.

    Consulting services in Japan

    After a very successful and inspiring first Master Class in Japan, our cooperation with the J.League reached a next level. Currently, all J1-clubs receive individual club consulting in which our team of European consultants together with Yuki and Naomi, visit each club for two consecutive days. Based on the outcome of the earlier performed audit, tailor-made solutions are offered to the clubs’ representatives (e.g. Academy Director, Head of Coaching, Technical Director,…) taking into account the culture and identity of each club.

    Besides having interactive discussions with various staff members of the Academy, on-field training sessions with players of the clubs are scheduled as well. Our consultants inspire the clubs by demonstrating the double pass philosophy on how to organise and perform game-related training sessions with appropriate age-based coaching. In total, each club will receive three visits by the end of the year.

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    Japanese football extends its agreement for 2 more seasons

    We are pleased to announce that the JJP programme (a collaboration between the J-League and the JFA) will continue to make use of the services of double pass for the next two seasons.

    Our partnership started in 2015 by an assessment of 40 J-League 1 and 2 clubs (as well as the JFA Academy).

    Following the newly signed agreement for 2017 and 2018, double pass will now work closely together with all J1 and J2 clubs in helping them to optimise the processes of their academies. All Academy Managers and Heads of Coaching will be brought together in a tailor made Master Class for Academy Management. And all clubs will also receive individualised advice in their own venues by our experts, i.e. by supporting their staff to put each club’s specific football plan in action.

    On the other hand J-League 3 clubs will also be assessed.

    We as double pass are convinced that Japanese football will continue to grow and are proud to be able to contribute to it.

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    Jean Kindermans

    Technisch Directeur Jeugdopleiding – RSC Anderlecht

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    • Voormalig speler bij RSC Anderlecht, Lierse SK
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    Kick-off assessment campaign 2019/20 with Voetbal Vlaanderen

    We received a delegation of the Flemish Football Federation (Voetbal Vlaanderen) at our HQ in Dilbeek. Our Flemish audit team, led by David Pauwels and Kris Collaert met with the project team and provincial coordinators of Voetbal Vlaanderen, led by Steven De Jaegher and Diederik Nys at the launch of the next assessment campaign 2019/2020.

    Voetbal Vlaanderen and double pass started their cooperation in 2010, with the ambition to optimize the quality of youth development within the Flemish football clubs. We do this by means of an objective evaluation, advice and a recognized quality label.

    Double pass uses a scientifically based and practice-tested model in accordance with the football vision of Voetbal Vlaanderen. This maps the critical success factors of youth development in an objective and structured way, both organizational as sporting wise.

    For more information about our assessment services or Project Vlaanderen, contact our experts : 

    David Pauwels
    Head of Assessment

    Kris Collaert
    Project Manager Vlaanderen

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    Koen Daerden

    Technisch Directeur Jeugd – KRC Genk

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    • Speler bij KRC Genk, Club Brugge, Standard Luik, Sint-Truiden en MVV Maastricht
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    Koen Daerden

    Technisch Directeur Jeugd – KRC Genk

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    • Speler bij KRC Genk, Club Brugge, Standard Luik, Sint-Truiden en MVV Maastricht
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    Latvian Football Federation

    In January 2018 double pass signed a partnership with the Latvian Football Federation (LFF). The Federation gave double pass the assignment to organise the Master Class Academy Management in Latvia. The objective of this educational track was to educate the Technical Directors, Academy Directors and Heads of Coaching with regard to “How to successfully run an elite academy from a sport technical and managerial point of view?” and by the end to improve the way football academies are functioning in order to optimise the player potential and develop more better football players.

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    Latvian Football Federation partners with double pass

    We are proud to announce the newly signed partnership with the Latvia Football Federation (LFF). The LFF has given the assignment to double pass to organize its Master Class Academy Management in Latvia.

    The objective is to collectively educate the Technical Directors, Academy Directors and Heads of Coaching with regard to “How to successfully run an elite academy from a sport technical and managerial point of view?” and by the end improve the way football academies are functioning in order to optimize the player potential and develop more, better young football players.

    This Master Class is being taught in a blended learning format, combining collective workshops with online assignments.

    Together, we strive for more and better players!

    Read the official statement of the Latvia Football Federation (Latvia).

    This cooperation is part of our educational services.

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    Malcolm Mackay

    double pass has been an excellent partner throughout the whole assessment process and I will have no hesitation in recommending the company to any other relevant sports organisation

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    Master Classes Sporting Director and Academy Director back to the roots

    The last 5 years we have run the Academy Director course 7 times, in 5 different countries. Now we are back where it all begun: Hungary. The very first Academy Director course was organised in Budapest on October 6th 2014.

    Currently we are running  the Academy Director course 2.0 at the Hungarian National Training Center. The exciting part about it is that we organize, at the same time and location the brand new Master Class Sporting Director developed by double pass.

    With this educational track we create the journey of the Sporting Director position, adjusted to the Hungarian context. 5 different workshops, 5 different topics, based upon the role of the Sporting Director:

    • Leadership & Communication
    • Club Business Models, Strategy and Management
    • Football Philosophy and Health & Performance
    • Scouting and Recruitment
    • Transition to the first team

    After each workshop the participant receives an assignment to complete. The assignment is discussed within a mentor during a skype call. All assignments are gathered within a portfolio together with an individual development plan.

    “The overall satisfaction score till now given by the participants  is 8,9 / 10”, says Jimmy Lelie, Head of Education at double pass.

    The Sporting Director role is a position which is being discussed in the European clubs. What is his exact position, what is he accountable for, how does he or she relate to the Owner, Senior Board, CEO or Head Coach?

    This Master Class provides a frame, clear role description, is a guidance for the Sporting Director with regard to Management skills, Management of the first team squad or his relation to the Academy.

    An exciting challenging journey….ask them!

    The Master Classes Academy Director and Sporting Director are part of our educational services. If you want more information about our educational services or about this project, you can reach out to: 

    Jimmy Lelie
    Head of Human Resources

    Koen Put
    Head of Consulting Services

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    Meet Siebe Hannosset

    Let us introduce Health & Performance consultant and lifestyle coach Siebe Hannosset. What is his background, what was his favourite project so far and what is his involvement in the co-creation business of double pass?

    “The same dedication is needed when you work for 7-year-olds at OH Leuven or for Club Brugge’s 1st team.”

    My career in the sports & football business started when I was studying for my master’s degree in physical education & movement science at KU Leuven. When we had to choose our majors, I immediately chose training & coaching in football. This resulted in an internship at OH Leuven where I was coaching 7-year-olds. Working with these kids, watching them improve training after training… was the first time I really experienced what makes me happy and what drives me. So when OH Leuven gave me a positive evaluation and told me I could stay as a youth trainer, I was very happy and eager to become better. Back then, I was working together with Hans Vander Elst, Academy Director of OH Leuven at that time and now Head of Football Development for double pass. A nice reunion.

    So what started as a hobby that got out of hand became serious business when Club Brugge offered me a position as performance coach for the 1st team. These were my first steps in a professional football environment. As a performance coach, I was working in the field of load and load tolerance, e.g. strength & conditioning, nutritional advice, monitoring, gathering and analysing all physical and medical data. An amazing experience.

    “More than just a lifestyle”, more than a motto.

    While at Club Brugge, I noticed that we were focussing a lot on determining the optimal load for the players to let them perform at their best. By zooming out and connecting the dots, I realized the influence of the players’ lifestyle on their ability to perform, let alone to perform at their best. A bad lifestyle, ignoring nutrition, sleep, prolonged sitting time,… a players’ lifestyle may even be the most important reason for loss of performance or injury!

    Therefore I made it one of my core responsibilities to make players aware of what they do, on and off the pitch. How you act during the week, will have a huge impact on how one performs during the game in the weekend. Hence my motto: “More than just a lifestyle”.

    This quote actually has more layers to it. I act on it in a powerful way, meaning that I look at the lifestyle of a player and immediately go one step further to create a real impact. I empower the player to make a change in his own lifestyle. I believe you empower performers by deep learning: give people the insight and knowledge, so that they understand why and how something works, so that one can take control (again) over his or her own performance.

    “Every coach, consultant or expert should eat his own dogfood. That’s the best motivation.”

    ‘To lead by example’ is another rule I live by. Personally I wouldn’t feel authentic recommending these lifestyle changes like nutrition tips, optimising your biorhythm, reducing your sitting time, etc without living by it myself. On a daily basis I experience the positive results that come along with an optimised, ‘good’ lifestyle myself. This in itself keeps me motivated, because I feel great living it, it makes me more resilient, I am able to switch on-off, I feel vital and I am productive in what I am doing even when the workload is high.

    Coaching, inspiring, co-creating, travelling, motivating,… the load of our work as a double pass consultant cannot be underestimated. Therefore I choose to be in control of my own lifestyle and success.

    “Even the smallest, previously overlooked lifestyle change can have an enormous benefit for players.”

    The Health & Performance department that was recently developed by double pass, has a mission to improve players’ performance within the game and to increase the readiness to perform, influenced by different aspects outside of the football context. Getting them game-fit and keeping them fit (availability) is a key responsibility of any club’s Health & Performance staff.

    Preventing injuries and thus being available is one important part, but aligning the desired effects of readiness to perform, which is the other part, is much broader. Think about the impact of nutrition. Sleep and biorhythm. Jetlag and travelling. Extreme weather conditions. And at double pass we believe that these aspects, that are ‘outside’ of the football context, also have an important impact on players’ performance on the pitch. That’s why we advise on these topics to our clients.

    “These were probably the longest 93 minutes of my life. But I’m so proud of it.”

    The personal career highlight that I’m most proud of, so far,  is a tough choice. But if I must pick one… it still will be winning the Belgian cup in 2015 with Club Brugge. Unforgettable. It is indescribable what winning a cup does to a man. When you are there in a full stadium… amazing. The game itself was very stressful. We went from a 1:0 lead to a goal against in the 89th minute, eventually winning with 2:1 in the extra time (92nd minute). Possible the longest 93 minutes of my life. It still gives me goosebumps.

     

    “Working in different cultures and environments can be challenging… but very rewarding.”

    After my time at Club Brugge, I started as a freelance performance coach. I had to start from scratch and give my best every day, convincing the market player by player with my insights and approach,  knowing how I could impact their careers. Finding ways to get connected to new potential clients and get their buy-in to work longer-term together, is a part in a sports reality that is very challenging, as it is too often very short or mid-term-orientated. Which is what I like about double pass, where we strive for longer term collaborations, in order to deliver high results, consistently, in the long term.

    “I really love the possibilities of working abroad!”

    The thing about double pass I got most excited about, are the foreign experiences! I am looking forward to having more assignments abroad. I am used to working in Belgium, I know the Belgian football, but now I would like to see and experience what it means to work in Japan compared to doing a co-creation in Brazil for example. It excites me to find out how I will deal with these situations!

    I am used to being a coach. I’m a coach even for my friends and loved ones, sometimes perhaps a little too much, which results in my friends telling me “Siebe, easy man, you are coaching again”! Improving and helping people is my passion and my mission and now I am shifting more to consulting, co-creating. It is a good thing that I’m challenged to step out of my comfort zone again and that I need to make sure that – together with the dp Health and Performance team, led by Steven Probst – we convince the clubs about the importance of the ‘readiness to perform’. And that a Health and Performance department, should be a crucial part in a club, optimally linked and cooperating with the Football Performance department.

    Siebe Hannosset, Health & Performance Consultant
    Bernadett Józsa, HR Manager

    If you want more information about our co-creation services, you can reach out to:

    Koen Put
    Head of Consulting Services

    Steven Probst
    Health & Performance Manager

    Siebe Hannosset
    Health & Performance Consultant

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    Message to all leaders in Talent Development and Academy Directors

    Hugo Schoukens, CEO & Founder of double pass, has a message to all leaders in Talent Development and Academy Directors. 

     

    “Dear leaders in Talent Development, dear Academy Directors, dear ladies and gentlemen,

    First of all, I hope that you and your family are healthy and well.

    It is the harsh reality… A black Swan has landed (I refer hereby to the book “The black Swan” of Nassim Nicolas Taleb, 2007)

    And yes, today we are confronted with a rare, unexpected, highly improbable event with a huge impact on different aspects of our society, sports society and our way of life.

    It is also a certainty other black swans will probably land in the future (hereby I refer to the Ecohealthalliance.org website and the book “the uninhabitable Earth” (David Wallace-Wells, 2019)).

    The questions are now:

    • How to build robustness (infragility) to these impactful events and more importantly how to turn them into opportunities?
    • When will we return to ‘normal’ and what does ‘normal’ mean?
    • Will deglobalisation, social distancing, remote work, accelerated e-business and climate approach be part of the new normal and the new social and economic world?

    At double pass, our team has reflected on these questions. Especially on deglobalization: closed borders, lockdowns, restriction on the movement of people, etc., which may lead to thinking again more local and national, focusing more on home-grown productivity.

    So, this will have consequences for strategies and operations of companies, sports organisations and for your club/Academy.

    Double pass created a contingency plan based on 3 scenarios:

    • Scenario 1: we are back to normal within 6 months;
    • Scenario 2: we are back to normal within 1 year;
    • Scenario 3: there will be a ‘new normal’.

    For scenario 1 and 2 we developed a survival kit; a short-term plan to bridge the gap until we will return to normal.

    For scenario 3 we installed a new strategic committee discussing the ‘new’ normal by disruptive thinking.

    To my opinion, it will be opportune for you as leaders in Talent Development, Academy Directors at professional and amateur clubs, to develop your own action plan. Specifically, to successfully bridge the gap for this challenging period.

    We have translated our plan into an action plan for the talent development system of your club.  Our hope and objective is this plan will allow you to reflect on your situational context, stimulate your thinking and transfer it into action in your club immediately.

    The club/academy stakeholders: for who are you doing this:

    1. Your staff (heads of, coaches, support staff);
    2. Your current players and their parents;
    3. The new (to) recruit(ed) players;
    4. Your community;
    5. Your bosses (owners, board, CEO).

    What could be the actions towards your stakeholders:

    1. Your staff

    • Most of them are working from home today. It is not only their place for work but also – with the kids at home-  this became a place for school, for daycare, for recreation. We advise to help your staff in finding a well-balanced (and well structured) environment. We think that you and your heads of/ coordinators of the different departments can support them by organising proactively and on a regular basis individual talks with them. Besides these talks be available ‘at their convenience’ for all their questions;
    • This period is probably a momentum to further invest in development and innovation of your Talent Development system: philosophies, programmes, processes, technology, monitoring and of course the preparation of the post-coronavirus period together with your staff;  try to stimulate their go-for-it mentality, their thoughts and creativity individually and in collective meetings;
    • Be clear as a leader about your aspirational vision and strategy for the academy, the financial situation of the academy and the club and about their jobs.

    2. Current players and their parents

    • Be visible and connected with your players and their parents and try to have communication every two weeks via your coaches or your support staff (try to understand their situation, their mindset, in general empathize with them);
    • To safeguard the readiness of your players during this lock down period, share with them training programmes taking in consideration indoor and outdoor opportunities; all aspects of development (Health, physical, mental, technical/tactical) should be included; For example: you may give them assignments and request their parents to make a video of their actions;
    • Consider this period as an opportunity to further elaborate on your Football Philosophy, curriculum, standardized exercises, game analysis with your players in individual and collective digital sessions; to elucidate your code of conduct for the parents and their role as a parent of a football player.       

    3. New (to) recruit(ed) players

    • If your to recruit list of players is complete for the next season. Convincing the new player to sign is now your target. We advise you to organise ‘pre’-onboarding digital sessions by means of sharing video’s about infrastructure, culture and philosophy of the academy, testimonials of coaches and players, and setup video talks with players and parents;
    • In case your to recruit list is not completed. With regard to the younger age categories, we would suggest to intensify your relations with the satellite clubs (and their staff); your regional scouts and player informers. Use digital scouting systems for the older age categories.
    • Once players are selected, use also pre-onboarding digital sessions to convince the players and invest in talks with these players and their parents.

    4. Your community

    • It is the momentum to enhance also your relations with the local government, schools, community clubs, sponsors, parents, underprivileged kids, disabled, and other stakeholders of your community;  
    • Organise webinars on different topics for your audience: presentation of your academy; educational programmes; training programmes;
    • Stimulate interest of the community to become a fan of the academy; the academy the place to be during game days… to meet and greet friends.

    5. Your bosses (owner, board, CEO)

    • Install a digital “kitchen cabinet”, i.e. the setup of an ‘informal’ relationship line with your bosses and organize proactively phone and or video talks with them;
    • Convince them to continue to invest (even more) in the Academy, the central pillar of your club’s Business model and in developing homegrown players; the transition of homegrown players will contribute to a positive P&L of the club;
    • Share with them your action plan (progress and updates from staff, players, and the community; open discussion about your role and position in the club (which is to be part of the sport technical decision making committee).

    Ladies and gentlemen, dear Academy Directors, dear leaders in Talent Development, I wish you a lot of creativity and a go-for-it mentality in creating a sustainable reason of existence of your academy and a lot of success when we will be in the (new) normal!

    You are welcome to share your thoughts with us and we are available for discussion.

    Stay Healthy and best regards.”

    At your service, on behalf of double pass,

    Hugo Schoukens
    CEO & Founder

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    New co-creation journey with Kashima Antlers FC

    Double pass is proud to be working together with the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League winner, Kashima Antlers FC.

    Kashima Antlers FC is a Japanese football club playing in the J1. The club has proved by far Japan’s most successful football club, having won the J. League title eight times, the J. League Cup six times and the Emperor’s Cup five times.

    Double pass is thrilled to get the opportunity to inspire, advise and guide the key stakeholders of the club involved in the process of Talent Development. Together with the Japanese club we will deliver a co-creation journey with a focus on “How to create and position the role of a head of coaching in an Elite Academy”. 

    If you want more information about our co-creation services, you can reach out to:

    Koen Put
    Head of Consulting Services

    Hans Vander Elst
    Head of Football

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    New cycle of co-creation in Denmark

    Double pass is very proud to extend the long-term partnership with Divisionsforeningen, the Danish League. Until now, our Football Experts will organise new collective co-creation programs at 6 clubs this season; AC Horssens, Hobro IK, Randers FC, HB Køge, Hvidovre and AGF.

    Double pass will continue to focus on the current aspects and come with a number of new innovative topics during this season;

    • Transition to the first team
    • Practice on field
    • Health & Performance with a data & technology driven approach
    • ROI and Productivity of a football academy.

    Double pass’ cooperation with the Danish Football League goes back to the summer of 2015 when we were assigned to assess and support their talent development system. The assessments of the Danish professional clubs were twofold. The first wave of assessments took place from March until June 2016 (15 A license clubs). The second wave took place from September 2016 until June 2017 (14 B/T license clubs). Subsequently, double pass supported the 15 A license professional clubs during the ‘Master Class Academy Management’, including 7 workshops, an internship and an examination, ran from September 2016 until May 2017. The consulting project started back in 2017 and since then double pass completed 26 co-creation programmes.

    If you want more information about our collective co-creation services for federations and leagues or about this project, you can reach out to:

    Steven Probst
    Health & Performance Manager

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    New cycle of co-creation with SC Internacional

    We are proud to announce a new cycle in our partnership with SC Internacional from Brazil. The long-term co-creation journey that started in May 2018 will be extended till the end of 2020 with 8 club visits of 5 days.

    The objective is to improve the way the academy is functioning in order to optimise the player potential and develop more and better young players that are ready for elite level football. Corporate management topics as well as football specific topics will be delivered, based on the key action points stated in the report of the initial club and academy assessment.

    In August double pass finished the first project cycle with the general presentation of the Programa de Desenvolvimento de Talentos, a club manual of 253 pages to optimize player potential within the talent business model of SC Internacional.

    Raul Fachini, the Administrative Director of SC Internacional : “It is not in our Brazilian culture to document all of the processes, goals and results. This new club manual about our Football Philosophy is the valuable result of the workshops in which all our club and academy staff co-created with the experts of double pass. It was a privilege for all of us to leave our comfort zone and day-by-day operations to share our thoughts and experiences, to define and formalise our way of working and to cross check it with the international expertise of the dp consultants. After each visit we received new assignments, which were followed up closely by dp experts. The dp approach is clearly the best way to define, implement and evaluate improvements to the club and academy operations. We look forward to continuing to work together in a second, ambitious cycle .”     

    The first club visit of cycle 2, from 14th till 18th october 2019, will focus on Health & Performance. Our experts Hans Vander Elst, Steven Probst and Philippe Rosier will organize workshops with the management team of the club and the academy, the medical department, all coaching staff and the physical coaches of the academy and the first team.

    The topics of this visit will be the installment of a Health & Performance department, the performance of Team Development (linking with football; curriculum, periodization and session) and the performance of Individual Development (individual profiles and player pathway with transition to the first team).

    If you want more information about our co-creation services, you can reach out to:

    Hans Vander Elst
    Head of Football

    Koen Put
    Head of Consulting Services

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    Next level of Talent development in Denmark

    As a strategic partner of Divisionsforeningen, double pass is impressed and proud of the prominent places and results of our partner clubs in the ranking of the new youth football licensing system of the Danish Football Association (DBU).

    This season double pass co-created on talent development together with no less than 18 clubs. Double pass held tailor-made workshops with AaB, AGF, Brøndby IF, Esbjerg fB, FC Helsingør, HIK, Hobro IK, Hvidovre, AC Horsens, HB Køge, FC Kopenhagen,  Lyngby BK, Nykøbing FC, OB, Randers FC, Silkeborg IF, SønderjyskE, Viborg FF.

    Next season, double pass will work further in Denmark and continue to focus on the current topics, as well as helping the clubs to act upon the conclusion of the recent annual evaluation. In addition to the existing range of services, double pass also comes with a number of new innovative topics;

    • Transition to the first team
    • Practice on the field
    • Health & Performance with a data & technology driven approach
    • ROI and Productivity of a football academy.

    Double pass’ cooperation with the Danish Football League goes back to the summer of 2015 when we were assigned to assess and support their talent development system. The assessments of the Danish professional clubs were twofold. The first wave of assessments took place from March until June 2016 (15 A license clubs). The second wave took place from September 2016 until June 2017 (14 B/T license clubs). Subsequently, double pass supported the 15 A license professional clubs during the ‘Master Class Academy Management’, including 7 workshops, an internship and an examination, ran from September 2016 until May 2017. The consulting project started back in 2017 with 8 clubs. Last season 18 clubs decided to participate in our consulting track.

    For more information about our consulting services, contact our experts :

    Koen Put
    Head of Consulting Services

    Steven Probst
    Health & Performance Manager

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    Next phase launched in Hungary

    In May, double pass held the launch of the next phase of the Hungarian project in co-operation with the Hungarian Football Federation (HFF). During the launch, which was held in the HFF Training Centre in Telki, 4 members of the HFF Steering Commission together with the double pass team presented the new assessment cycle to the clubs.

    In the forthcoming season 2018-2019, double pass will assess all Elite Academies in Hungary. Previously, in the seasons 2013-14 and 2015-16, 15 Elite Academies had been assessed all over the country. In between, an Elite Academy Management course was delivered by double pass experts.
    The 2018-19 assessment will provide clubs with findings, an action plan, scores and benchmarks in a club-specific report. Part of this report will also be a training and games analysis report based on the observed sessions and games. The Federation will receive a global report with findings and scores of all all Academies. It is the HFF’s intention to reward the clubs by means of clustering based on the assessments.

    The assessment criteria for the clubs were slightly modified based on a review from the previous cycle, as well as valuable feedback from a Task Force, which comprised a Steering Commission, 4 HFF-appointed Club representatives and 3 double pass representatives.

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    Next phase of USA project launched

    In June, our double pass team was in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles for the USA Project Launch. This ambitious project with U.S. Soccer is in its next phase, where 80 full Development Academy (DA) clubs will be revisited for a second assessment in order to track progress.

    The assessment will provide clubs with findings, scores, benchmarks and recommendations in a club specific and Global report. Beside these intrinsic motivators, the better DA clubs will also be rewarded by quality labels and a U.S. Soccer Incentive Fund.

    In order to lead this project on track, the double pass tool was modified based on a review of learnings from the first cycle, as well as valuable feedback from an Evaluation Task Force with representatives of the USSF, the MLS and 12 clubs. Furthermore, a certification and benchmark model has been developed for PRO and AMA DA’s.

    Their expertise has been critically important as we strive to improve talent development models and the everyday environments for youth players, as well as work to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States”, stated Jared Micklos, Development Academy Director at U.S. Soccer.

    Double pass started the partnership with U.S. Soccer and their Development Academy in 2015, to provide assessments and club support to all Development Academy clubs, Youth National Teams, and professional clubs. The mission of U.S. Soccer Federation is to make soccer the preeminent sport in the United States, among others, by creating environments to develop world-class players to be successful in World Cups and World Championships.

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    Nǐ hǎo! (你好)
    double pass is officially launching the Chinese version of our website.

    Our website has already been a joy to many and now to even more!

    Our website, our blogs and our newsletters will from now on be available in Chinese. We, as double pass find it important to adapt to the local requirements of our community so that together, we can share our successes and stories in different languages. China; we welcome you and your valuable input!

    Discover more on https://www.doublepass.cn/

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    Optimal organisational structure and environment: fundamental foundations for a successful talent development system

    Following the doctoral research at the University of Brussels (VUB), conducted by double pass head of assessment David Pauwels, it was found that an optimal organisational structure and environment are important foundations for the creation of a successful talent development system.

    During the research, the importance of ‘organisational aspects’ has been asked to 105 professional football clubs spread over 35 countries in Europe (quantitative and qualitative study) through the following question: “Which standards have a significant positive influence on the output of a talent development system?[1]

    The first finding said that based on a strategic vision, a clear organisational structure needs to be implemented. So, the research confirmed that installing an organisational structure is revenue-independent. This means that every professional football club should be able to define and implement an organisational structure independent of their revenue level.

    The stability of the First Team environment was highlighted in the research and is in line with Mills et al. (2014) & Nesti and Sulley (2015) who mentioned the importance of a sustainable club structure. Continuity of First Team staff has an influence on the performance and working processes in the Academy. An interviewee explained: “Stability of the management is crucial. When the environment is not stable, the structure can change every day and it is really constraining the Academy. You do not have any budget in that case, transparency is not there, …”

    More than 50% of the clubs participating in the quantitative survey had a Technical Board on club level. A Technical Board is the decision-making body responsible for football-related matters. Only 29% of the clubs had a Technical Board together with the transition of talented players as part of the main responsibilities, which is however a critical success factor for producing home-grown talent. One interviewee highlighted that: “We developed internally a technical platform. In this meeting the Technical Director, First Team Coach, Head of Scouting, Assistant Coach and Academy Manager are participating. However, the informal conversations are also vital for the internal connections”.

    Following the respondents, the position of the Academy Manager within the organisational structure of the club was fundamental. The Academy Manager should be involved in the decision-making process regarding talented players. This was significantly confirmed by the quantitative as well as qualitative research. Several interviewees also highlighted that the function of a Technical Director is needed in order to define and monitor the football vision.

    If you want more information about our assessment services or about this project, you can reach out to: 

    David Pauwels
    Head of Assessment


    [1]Output wasmeasured by means of Club-trained players (% of squad members who played atleast three seasons between the age of 15 and 21 for their employer Club) and Association-trainedplayers (teams where footballers from the League surveyed played at least threeseasons between the ages of 15 and 21). Clubs were also classified intodifferent Club revenue levels (<10, 10-50, 50-100, 100-500 and >500million euros). Club revenue consisted of domestic broadcasting, UEFA revenue,sponsorships, commercial incomes, gate receipts and other small revenues. 

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    Our partnership with the Flemish/Belgian Football Association is renewed for 4 more years

    We are happy to announce the renewal of our long-lasting partnership with the Flemish Football Association. Until 2021, we will continue to strive together for more and better run academies in Flanders and optimising Flemish/Belgian player potential.

    Since 2002, on a three year cycle base, more than 450 professional and grassroots clubs are participating in the double pass assessment, certification and support project. Quality labels are stimulating the quality process of the academies and are today a means for the organisation of youth competitions.

    The Flemish Football Association (Voetbal Vlaanderen) is the Flemish-speaking section of the Royal Belgian Football Federation.

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    Pakhtakor Tashkent FK

    Double pass signed a consulting partnership with Uzbek professional football club Pakhtakor Tashkent FK in may 2019. During 10 days, double pass studied the way of working and the football philosophy of the club and presented the first recommendations for improvement. Double pass is very proud of this first collaboration with a club in Central Asia.

    Following the initial assessment assignment at Pakhatakor Tashkent FK at the end of April, our dp football experts will be conducting 8 co-creation visits of 6 days from August onwards over a 12-month period. In addition, double pass will also perform 2 club scans at PFK Metallurg Bekabad and FC AGMK.

    Double pass has officially become the partner of Pakhtakor Tashkent FK in football management and talent development systems in august 2019. For the next 12 months double pass will be sending experts from various backgrounds to assist the further development of the club.

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    Philosophies behind the double pass Talent Development Framework

    Doctoral research at the University of Brussels (VUB) showed that an increase in Productivity of a club can be explained for 54% by the double pass Talent Development Framework (Pauwels, 2016). The other 46% are non-controllable factors on which a club does not have any impact on. The development of the Framework is based on two different strategic management philosophies as a reason for success; a market- and resource-based view and a holistic approach

    a) double pass Framework using a market- and resource-based view regarding the Productivity of a Football Club

    Firstly, strategic management philosophies such as the resource-based view (1) or the market-based view (2) regarding organisational effectiveness are complementary appliedin the Framework. Quality standards regarding resources and processes which influence the Productivity are defined. Furthermore, different club revenue levels & competition market are taken into account when analysing a Youth Academy.

    The club’s access to optimal resources (staff, facilities, etc.) and efficient processes (team development, individual development, HRM, etc.) to use these resources results in a sufficient organisational strategy and competitive advantage (green colour). Resources can be specified as physical, human or organisational assets of a football club. Whereas the organisation of resources in combination with implicit elements (e.g. specific knowledge, experience, etc.) are defined as processes. The resource-based philosophy focusses on the unique characteristics of resources that a football club has in the development of a sustainable competitive advantage.

    The role of the Senior Management of a club in converting all these valuable resources and processes into an optimal configuration for competitive advantage cannot be underestimated.

    b) double pass Framework using a holistic approach to talent development

    A second philosophy refers to the double pass Framework using a holistic approach. A professional football club is situated in an open social system and permeable for influences of internal and external stakeholders (systems theory approach). This theory states that a change somewhere in the system will likely create changes elsewhere in the system. As a consequence, it is not possible to describe a talent development system without reference to the environment of the club.

    Discussing just a part of a system is a reductionist strategy. The whole has features that will not appear identically from an analysis of several parts in isolation. The systems theory approach refers to the process of transforming resources into outputs.

    For more information about the double pass Talent Development Framework and our assessment services, contact our experts :

    David Pauwels
    Head of Assessment

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    Premier League

    In 2012, double pass and the Premier League worked together to optimise the English youth academies and ultimately their players potential. Together we created the ‘Elite Player Performance Plan’ also known as the ‘EPPP’.

    The EPPP is a long-term vision with the aim of giving English football the ability to create the best academy system in the world. It allows clubs to produce more and better quality home grown players. Together with Academy Managers, Premier League clubs, the Football League, the FA and other important stakeholders we have created this ambitious project. The Academies were audited by Double pass and afterwards they have been put in one of four categories. The highest category will give clubs more funding to extend its elite environment and make more strategic decisions.

    One focus of the EPPP is to allow players more time to practice with their coaches, as well as encourage the links with local school to not only aid the players in their development as a footballer but also to help to take care of young players from an academic point of view.

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    Press release: A detailed view on double pass's partnership with Flamengo

    Since September 2017, Brazil’s Flamengo – owner of the biggest fan base in the world – has been working in partnership with the renowned international consultancy company double pass, for a long-term project in Latin America.

    “Years ago, an article talking about the German National Team case caught our attention. After researching for more information, we found out that double pass had so much more cases of success, so we invited them to work on a diagnosis of our youth ranks. We were very impressed and had the confidence that it would be very profitable to close a deal with double pass. Flamengo’s director’s board is very excited with the possibilities of improvement of our football department. We want to develop a DNA, integrating the first team with the U16, U17 and U20 teams. Our youth players are the first priority for us and double pass will help us in the path of retrieving our tradition as a club that develops youth talents”,
    Fred Luz, Flamengo’s CEO says.

    “A successful club is built on ‘a strong and loyal fan community’ and in a ‘state-of-the-art Talent Development System’, i.e. the academy. The academy is the factory of the club, it produces talented players with the DNA of the club. It creates the social and economic capital of the club; it is the foundation of the club and guarantees the long term success. A strong and loyal fan community stimulates the development and integration of academy players into the first team. The club’s fan community and the academy players are the soul of the club”,
    Hugo Schoukens, double pass’ CEO says.

    Read the full press release about the partnership between Flamengo & double pass

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    Quality in Sports Happening 2017

    Naar jaarlijkse traditie werden tijdens de Quality in Sports Happening 2017 de kwaliteitslabels van double pass uitgereikt. Deze staan al meer dan 10 jaar garant voor kwaliteit in het jeugdvoetbal. In de Vlaamse voetbalclubs werden al meer dan 1000 analyses uitgevoerd op het vlak van hun jeugdopleiding.

    In het seizoen 2016-2017 werden in opdracht van Voetbal Vlaanderen, 120 clubs aan deze onafhankelijke kwaliteitstoets onderworpen. Meer dan 70% van deze clubs behaalde dit seizoen een double pass sterrenlabel: gaande van één tot vier sterren. 8 clubs behaalden dit jaar 1 ster, 53 clubs 2 sterren, 19 clubs 3 sterren en 6 clubs een 4 sterren-label.

    Daarnaast werd voor elke categorie ook een double pass Award voor de meest verdienstelijke jeugdopleiding van het jaar uitgereikt. Bij de regionale opleidingen ging deze kwaliteitsprijs naar F.C. Eksaarde. K.F.C. Helson Helchteren haalde het bij de provinciale opleidingen. Tenslotte werd K. Berchem Sport 2004 de winnaar bij de interprovinciale jeugdopleidingen.

    Ook werd voor elk niveau een Best Practice Award uitgereikt. Deze award beloont de club die uitmuntend scoort op één bepaalde dimensie of onderdeel van de double pass audit. De regionale award ‘Sociale Begeleiding & Initiatieven’ werd overhandigd aan S.K. Grembergen. Spouwen Mopertingen kon de provinciale award ‘Trainersondersteuning’ in de wacht slepen. K. Berchem Sport 2004 bemachtigde ook de interprovinciale award ‘Individuele Evaluatie & Begeleiding’.

    Met de uitreiking van deze kwaliteitsprijzen hoopt double pass, samen met Voetbal Vlaanderen, deze clubs te stimuleren om verder te investeren in een kwaliteitsvolle jeugdwerking. Zij vormen immers de basis van een succesvolle voetbalpiramide.

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    Quality in Sports Happening 2017

    On a yearly base and based upon the assessment, double pass distributes quality labels to the Belgian grassroots clubs during the Quality in Sports Happening 2017.

    During the football season 2016-2017, 120 clubs were subject to the assessment by double pass on behalf of the Flemish Football Federation (Voetbal Vlaanderen). The result: more than 70% of these clubs received a quality star label. 8 clubs obtained a 1-star quality label, 53 clubs a 2-star quality label, 19 clubs a 3-star quality label and 6 clubs a 4-star quality label (the highest possible result).

    Next to that, a double pass Award was given to the ‘best in class’ youth academy. F.C. Eksaarde obtained the award on the regional level, while K.F.C. Helson Helchteren scored the provincial award. K. Berchem Sport 2004 captured the double pass award on the interprovincial level, the highest grassroots level.

    The Best Practice Awards were distributed to the clubs which performed outstanding on a particular dimension of the assessment. The regional award ‘Social Support & Initiatives’ was handed over to S.K. Grembergen. Spouwen Mopertingen obtained the provincial award ‘Coach Support’. K. Berchem Sport 2004 also acquired the interprovincial award ‘Individual Evaluation & Support’.

    With this initiative double pass wants to emphasise the importance of investing in talent development.

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    Quality in Sports Happening 2018

    On Saturday 9th of June, double pass held its 2018 Quality in Sports Happening, placing 6 Belgian grassroots clubs in the spotlight that have shown a great commitment to the development of the youth in football.

    More than 270 participants including football experts, trainers, referees and representatives from Flemish football clubs attended the annual event. The jury granted six Awards, including three double pass Awards for the most deserving youth training programs of the year and three Best Practice Awards were distributed to the clubs with the best performances in a particular category of the assessment.

    The 2018 double pass Awards were won by:
    • K.E. Louwel (double pass Award Regional)
    • S.K. Munkzwalm (double pass Award Provincial)
    • K.S.V. Oudenaarde (double pass Award Interprovincial).

    The 2018 Best Practice Awards went to:
    • K.S.K. Sint-Amands (Best Practice Award Regional: Social Support and Initiatives),
    • K. Stormvogels Haasrode (Best Practice Award Provincial: Coach Support),
    • K.S.V. Oudenaarde (Best Practice Award Interprovincial: Individual Evaluation & Support).

    During the football season 2017-2018, 137 clubs were subject to the assessment by double pass on behalf of the Flemish Football Federation (Voetbal Vlaanderen). The result: more than 60% of these clubs received a quality star label. 29 clubs obtained a 1-star quality label, 21 clubs a 2-star quality label, 30 clubs a 3-star quality label and 4 clubs a 4-star quality label (the highest possible result).

    With this initiative double pass wants to emphasise the importance of investing in talent development.

    The pictures and after movie are now available.

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    Quality in Sports Happening 2018 Aftermovie

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    Quality in Sports Happening 2018 Photos

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    Quality in Sports Happening 2019

    On Saturday 15th of June, double pass held its Quality in Sports Happening 2019, placing 6 Belgian grassroots clubs in the spotlight that have shown a great commitment to the development of the youth in football.

    More than 250 participants including football experts, trainers, referees and representatives from Flemish football clubs attended the annual event. The jury granted seven Awards, including four double pass Awards for the most deserving youth training programs of the year and three Best Practice Awards were distributed to the clubs with the best performances in a particular category of the assessment.

    The 2019 double pass Awards were won by:

    • Sporting Vremde (double pass Award Ex-KVV)
    • S.K. Steenhuffel (double pass Award Regional)
    • E. Mazenzele Opwijk (double pass Award Provincial)
    • R.C. Hades Hasselt (double pass Award Interprovincial).

    The 2019 Best Practice Awards went to:

    • Sporting Wijchmaal (Best Practice Award Regional: Social Engagement),
    • K. Schelle Sport (Best Practice Award Provincial: Coach Support),
    • R.C. Hades Hasselt (Best Practice Award Interprovincial: Individual development & Support).

    During the football season 2018-2019, 132 clubs were subject to the assessment by double pass on behalf of the Flemish Football Federation (Voetbal Vlaanderen). The result: more than 60% of these clubs received a quality star label. 13 clubs obtained a 1-star quality label, 40 clubs a 2-star quality label, 16 clubs a 3-star quality label and 2 clubs a 4-star quality label (the highest possible result).

    With this initiative double pass wants to emphasise the importance of investing in talent development.

    The pictures of the QISH19 can be found on this page

    For more information about our assessment services or the Quality in Sports Happening, contact our experts:

    David Pauwels
    Head of Assessment

    Johan Ceuppens
    Marketing, Communication and Event Manager

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    Quality in Sports Happening 2019

    Op zaterdag 15 juni hielde double pass de Quality in Sports Happening 2019. Voor een publiek van meer dan 250 voetbaldeskundigen, genodigden en vertegenwoordigers van Vlaamse clubs uit het amateurvoetbal, werden  de double pass Awards 2019 uitgereikt. Deze awards zetten clubs in de schijnwerpers die zich dagelijks inzetten voor het jeugdvoetbal.

    De double pass Awards 2019 gingen naar:

    • Sporting Vremde (double pass Award Ex-KVV)
    • S.K. Steenhuffel (double pass Award Regionaal)
    • E. Mazenzele Opwijk (double pass Award Provinciaal)
    • R.C. Hades Hasselt (double pass Award Interprovinciaal).

    De Best Practice Awards 2019 gingen naar:

    • Sporting Wijchmaal (Best Practice Award Regionaal: Sociaal Engagement),
    • K. Schelle Sport (Best Practice Award Provinciaal: Trainersbegeleiding),
    • R.C. Hades Hasselt (Best Practice Award Interprovinciaal: Individuele ontwikkeling en begeleiding).

    In het afgelopen voetbalseizoen heeft double pass in opdracht van Voetbal Vlaanderen 132 clubs doorgelicht. Iets meer dan 60% van deze clubs behaalde dit seizoen een double pass sterrenlabel: gaande van één tot vier sterren. 13 clubs behaalden dit jaar 1 ster, 40 clubs 2 sterren, 16 clubs 3 sterren en 2 clubs een 4 sterren-label.

    Met de uitreiking van deze kwaliteitsprijzen hoopt double pass, samen met Voetbal Vlaanderen, deze clubs te stimuleren om verder te investeren in een kwaliteitsvolle jeugdwerking. Zij vormen immers de basis van een succesvolle voetbalpiramide.

    De foto’s en aftermovie zijn hier beschikbaar.

    Indien u meer informatie wenst betreffende onze assessment diensten of de Quality in Sports Happening voor Project Vlaanderen, neem dan contact op met onze experten : 

    David Pauwels
    Head of Assessment

    Johan Ceuppens
    Marketing, Communication and Event Manager

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    Quality in Sports Happening 2019 Aftermovie

    On Saturday 15th of June, double pass held its Quality in Sports Happening 2019, placing 6 Belgian grassroots clubs in the spotlight that have shown a great commitment to the development of the youth in football.

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    Quality in Sports Happening 2019 Photos

    On Saturday 15th of June, double pass held its Quality in Sports Happening 2019, placing 6 Belgian grassroots clubs in the spotlight that have shown a great commitment to the development of the youth in football.

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    Rangers FC

    In February 2020 double pass announced its partnership with the Scottish top club Rangers F.C. . The Rangers can be seen as one of the best practice Youth Academies in Europe and fits the values of double pass. The research project, which is part of the R&D department in double pass, will enhance the reliability and validation of our Academy Return-On-Investment (ROI) model, using Rangers F.C. player and performance data.

    The recently developed ROI-model is an extension of the productivity model of double pass (i.e. effectiveness of the academy in terms of home-grown players). ROI goes one step further and analyses the efficiency of the financial investments into the academy.

    The double pass ROI-dashboard provides information that influence and guides the decision making of technical directors and CEOs about their First Team Squad Management. It answers the question “What is the real efficiency of the youth academy linked to the Football Business Model of the club?”

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    Rangers FC's ambition of becoming one of the top 15 Academies in Europe

    Craig Mulholland, Head of Academy of Rangers Football Club, took part in a Twitter Q&A for the Rangers Youth Development Company. He talked about the ambition of becoming one of the top 15 Academies in Europe and the independent assessment by double pass, which resulted in score of 88% in the European benchmark. Over the last 15 years we developed our own holistic model to measure the critical success factors of talent development systems in football.

    In February 2020 double pass announced its partnership with the Scottish top club. The Rangers can be seen as one of the best practice Youth Academies in Europe and fits the values of double pass. The research project, which is part of the R&D department in double pass, will enhance the reliability and validation of our Academy Return-On-Investment (ROI) model, using Rangers F.C. player and performance data.

    Read the full interview on Rangers FC’s official website.

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    Raul Fachini

    It was a privilege for all of us to leave our comfort zone and day-by-day operations to share our thoughts and experiences, to define and formalise our way of working and to cross check it with the international expertise of the dp consultants. After each visit we received new assignments, which were followed up closely by dp experts. The dp approach is clearly the best way to define, implement and evaluate improvements to the club and academy operations.

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    Real Madrid University

    Since 2016 double pass has been asked to provide classes at the Escuela Universitaria Real Madrid Universidad Europea.

    Our management and football experts provide three modules about talent development within the overall program of the “Máster en Dirección de Fútbol”

    Former football players, sport sciences graduates, football coaches will be inspired in:

     

    • Academy Management: from strategy to monitoring
    • The ingredients of a Football Philosophy
    • The translation of a Football Philosophy into an age specific curriculum and links with the training sessions

    The three modules are part of educational services which double pass also provides to football federations and leagues to educate the football CEO’s, sporting directors and academy directors of this world.

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    Roberto Melo

    Double pass is a consolidated company in world football. At Inter, we look for the evolution of the work and believe that this consultancy can give us much support to advance in many aspects of the training. We always stand out for being the leading player in terms of athletes, titles and structure. With this partnership, we are seeking to further increase our work and evolve as a training club. Double pass’s history gives us certainty that we will have a great result with this partnership.

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    Royal Moroccan Football Federation

    The Royal Moroccan Football Federation decided in 2018 to partner up with double pass for an assessment project. It was our first partnership on the African continent. 

    The assignment had 2 different angles; a review of the federation itself, together with the functioning of the national youth teams and an assessment of the talent development system of all 16 clubs of the first division “Botola Pro”.

    From December 2018 to April 2019 a team of 6 assessors set to work for the organisation of the 16 club scans . Every week, two clubs were visited for a 2-day assessment. During a scan our consultants did a complete screening of the organisational capacity and set-up of how talent is being developed. It includes many different processes and football specific topics. In this way double pass got a clear view of the situation “as is”. 

    Post scan talks took place in May 2019 for all the clubs involved. The reports were thorough, still the reactions of the clubs to the project team, the scans, the reports and a possible follow-up process were extremely positive.

    A detailed overview report with results of all assessed clubs on all different dimensions of our model, was presented to the Royal Moroccan Football Federation.

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    Russian club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg cooperates with double pass

    On the 18th of April, we started to cooperate with the blue-white-sky blue football club Zenit Saint Petersburg. During one week, double pass specialists will study the club’s youth team and Zenit-2.

    We interview coaches, staff and players at the Academy. We carefully study each part of the training and games of young players, do a comparative analysis and on the basis of a scientific model we give the academy recommendations on optimising their work. The purpose is to determine the strengths of the Gazprom Academy, to identify its potential and see what can be added to create an optimal learning environment. With this advice we want to optimise their player potential, so that talented players can make it to their first team and to professional leagues.

    This cooperation is part of our consulting services. More info

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    SC Internacional partners with double pass

    We are proud to announce the newly signed partnership with SC Internacional from Brazil. A long term co-creation journey will be set-up with the club to optimise the player potential using the double pass model. Corporate management topics as well as football specific topics will be delivered.

    The objective is to improve the way the academy is functioning in order to optimise the player potential and develop more and better young players that are ready for elite level football. This will be conducted together with the staff of the club.

    This cooperation is part of our consulting services.

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    Scottish Football Association

    In the summer of 2017, double pass started a project with the Scottish Football Association (SFA). The SFA is the governing body of association football in Scotland. It organises and manages a performance based youth development programme for clubs in membership of the Scottish Professional Football League known as Club Academy Scotland.

    The objective was to have a clear view on the Talent Development Systems of the clubs based on the double pass international and scientifically based model. Double pass was asked to carry out an independent assessment of 10 elite clubs participating in the Club Academy Scotland / Project Brave initiatives of the SFA. Clubs had to go through a bidding process first, to be able to participate in the project.

    The first phase, from February 2017 until April 2017, consisted out of a consulting assignment including the review, revision and provision of amendments on the bidding document for clubs. The aim was to raise the minimal requirements and quality standards of the bid document of Club Academy Scotland.

    The second phase, from August 2017 until June 2018 consisted out of the analysis of 10 elite youth academies who were accepted by the bidding process. A pre-analysis of the club’s Talent Development System was performed based on documents delivered by the club in advance. A focussed 2-day on-site analysis of the clubs by 2 double pass assessors was the second step. By means of interviews with different stakeholders (Academy Manager, CEO, Coaches, First Team Coach, Chairman, Sport Technical Director) the double pass model was analysed. Next to that, 3 training sessions were observed. Based on the analysis, an individual report was provided including a qualitative written report of the focused analysis including a national benchmark. Based on the analysis of the 10 clubs, a global report to SFA was provided and presented, containing a detailed view on the double pass dimensions.

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    Shota Arveladze

    Delighted to welcome the experts from double pass in Tashkent. Interesting talk about Pakhtakor FC, Uzbekistan football and the importance of talent development. Our common goal is to bring Pakhtakor to the top, not only in Uzbekistan, but also in Asia. Double pass shows us how we should progress. We are glad to take the first steps with this company. Looking forward to working on it to improve the club!

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    Shota Arveladze

    Our goal is to form Pakhtakor not only as a strong team in Uzbekistan, but also in Asia. Double pass assists us with the implementation of the Talent Development Framework to achieve this goal. We are glad that the company’s first steps in Central Asia began precisely with Pakhtakor.

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    Sport Club Internacional

    Double pass signed a long term partnership with SC Internacional from Brazil in july 2018. The aim of the partnership is to set up a co-creation journey to optimise the player potential using the double pass model. Corporate management topics as well as football specific topics were to be delivered.

    The objective of the first cycle was to improve the way the academy is functioning in order to optimise the player potential and develop more and better players that are ready for elite level football. This will be conducted together with the staff of the club.

    The work with Inter includes a complete survey of all work developed in the club’s grassroots, with instruments and tools with a scientific base to seek the evolution of practices in the institution.

    Through interviews with professionals, games observation, training, visits to structures, access to work methods, among other data, contracted professionals will make a complete report aiming at the best development of athletes, training and management methods, seeking to improve the work accomplished.

    In August 2019 double pass finished the first project cycle with the general presentation of the Programa de Desenvolvimento de Talentos, a club manual of 253 pages to optimize player potential within the talent business model of SC Internacional.

    In the summer of 2019 double pass and SC Internacional announced a new cycle of co-creation with 8 club visits of 5 days till the end of 2020.

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    Strategic Roadmap

    For whom?

    In all leadership roles you have to develop and monitor your plans.

    What is it?

    The Strategic Roadmap is a digital tool that guides you through the strategic planning process of your club, academy or department. It gives direction and support to all leadership roles to make structured plans with strategic goals, key performance indicators and prioritized actions. A dashboard helps to follow up on the progression of your action plan leading to a more effective implementation and execution of planned actions.

    Get in touch with our experts for a demo.

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    Strategy and vision of a Club is key for a talent development system

    By means of doctoral research at the University of Brussels done by our head of assessment dr. David Pauwels in 2016, the importance of ‘Strategy’ has been asked to 105 professional Clubs spread over 35 countries in Europe (quantitative and qualitative study). Which standards regarding Strategy have a significant positive influence on the output of a talent development system?[1]

    First, the research confirmed that defining a Strategy is revenue-independent. There was no significant relationship detected between the amount of Club revenue and the vision regarding talent development. This means that every professional Club should be able to create a strategic plan independent of their revenue level.

    Choosing a certain Strategy requires analysis. An analysis of the specific market structure is advisable to come to a unique selling position. A regularly referenced approach in business literature to analyse the market structure is ‘the five competitive forces that shape Strategy’ developed by Porter (2008). But how do you create value for your Academy?

    Several Technical Directors and CEOs in the research confirmed the importance of a value-creating Strategy. Creating value by means of unique resources (e.g. people, facilities) combined with in-depth capabilities (e.g. processes such as an implemented Football Philosophy). The role of the Senior management in converting all these valuable resources and capabilities into an optimal configuration for competitive advantage cannot be underestimated.

    Having done your strategic analysis, the next step is goal setting. One of the main findings of the research was that a Club vision regarding talent development should be sustainable for several years to have impact. Without a long-term vision and the support of the Senior management, talent development will not reach his potential. Furthermore, a shared Club vision, having faith in talent development, and a clear pathway for talented players are crucial elements. The vision should be connected and concretised with clear goals and targets.

    One interviewee highlighted that: “Without a strategic vision you have chaos, that is the basis of all. Every Club should start from a vision, what do you want to achieve, what is my core business, what kind of resources do you have, what are the common objectives?”

     

    Graph - availability of performance targets within European professional Clubs (%)

     

    Short and long-term performance targets are critical success factors of a Strategy. The research revealed that defining long-term performance targets of financial assets had a significant positive influence on the output of a talent development system.

    An interviewee explained the following: “Having a clear objective what we want to achieve together is vital. What are the expectations and requirements to fulfil to make the transition to the First Team? We have put this all together in our strategic plan … This is our new core business where we want to be in 2020 … our main KPI is to have at least 50% of our professional players of the Academy”

    Finally, the implementation, measurement and monitoring of the performance targets is a crucial element and mostly neglected within Clubs (see Figure).

    An interviewee stated: “Implementation of the vision is key. You can write it easily, but you should take it also into practice. There are always companies’ visions and missions on the wall, but it depends also on the people. The people should be dedicated and well educated. The quality of the vision depends also on the people”

     

    Share your thoughts with us about this article on info@doublepass.com.

    [1]Output was measured by means of Club-trained players (% of squad members who played at least three seasons between the age of 15 and 21 for their employer Club) and Association-trained players (teams where footballers from the League surveyed played at least three seasons between the ages of 15 and 21). Clubs were also classified into different Club revenue levels (<10, 10-50, 50-100, 100-500 and >500 million euros). Club revenue consisted of domestic broadcasting, UEFA revenue, sponsorships, commercial incomes, gate receipts and other small revenues.

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    Sune Smith-Nielsen

    It was a pleasure for me to get inspired and meet the experts of double pass. I have been working in talent development for many years and met a lot of experts. But the meetings with double pass are one of the most inspiring moments in my career. I am looking forward to cooperate and get even more inspired by dp in the future.

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    Surveys

    For whom?

    As Academy Director you want to know how your academy is perceived by your stakeholders.

    What is it?

    Gain insights into the satisfaction and perception of your key stakeholders. Standardized questionnaires for coaches and parents are immediately available and can be customized with extra questions. You can directly see your results on the CAMP where you can follow them over time.

    Get in touch with our experts for a demo.

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    SV Werder Bremen

    Is there return on investment of talent development?

    We have been assessing German Bundesliga clubs since 2006 through different cycles. These assessments emphasised the awareness about the crucial importance of talent development and resulted in more efficiently and effectively organised clubs.

    It is important to state that the implementation of our double pass model using our methodology and concept is a reason for success, but not the only one. Recent doctoral research at the University of Brussels showed that an increase in productivity (=own trained academy players transitioning to a professional environment) of a club can be explained for 54% by the criteria of our double pass model. The other 46% are non-controllable factors on which one does not have any impact on (e.g. geographic location, culture, economic situation,…).

    Knowing this, we have looked at the productivity (and thus return on investment) of the SV Werder Bremen academy from one specific angle: productivity for other first teams in the German Bundesliga.

    SV Werder Bremen

    In this graph we visualise the players that were developed in the SV Werder Bremen academy and transitioning to the first teams of other Bundesliga clubs. Source : www.transfermarkt.de

    “The productivity to a first team squad is the most important criterium for our youth development! The certification process gives us valuable indications for further improvements in this area.” – Björn Schierenbeck, Academy Director SV Werder Bremen

    We share these data with the permission of the respective club.

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    Tag-it for games

    For whom?

    As Sporting Director, Head of Coaching or Academy Director you want to monitor the successful implementation of your style of play by your teams.

    What is it?

    Tag-it for games is a digital solution to analyse the dominant style of play of your teams when attacking, defending or in transition. Sequences of tagged actions are analysed to determine the style and to calculate success rates per phase. These are presented by traffic lights which tell you how successful your teams are in the different phases of the game. Tag-it for games can be used for both a live observation and video analysis of a game.

    Get in touch with our experts for a demo

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    Tag-it for sessions

    For whom?

    As Head of Coaching or Academy Director you want to know if your football and coaching philosophy is implemented by your coaches.

    What is it?

    Tag-it for sessions is a digital solution for a structured analysis of training sessions on the field. This software application is specifically designed to collect relevant information about the content, the organisation and the coaching behaviour during a training session. The tagged actions result in key performance indicators presented on a practical dashboard in the CAMP. In a snapshot, the indexes and graphs give you immediate insight in the effectiveness of training and coaching. Benchmarks are available to compare the observed sessions internally and externally.

    Get in touch with our experts for a demo

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    The Ambitious Individual: José Artieda #1

    From grassroots football player in Pamplona, Spain, to Sports Director of the Guangzhou Evergrande Football Academy in South China: meet José Artieda. One of the current participants of our International Master Class Academy Management. His passion for travelling and football and his curiosity about other cultures were crucial elements which paved the way for his current adventure in China.

    From February 2018 onwards, José will become the Sports Director of the academy consisting out of approximately 2500 players and 135 coaches. A challenging function which he is now preparing with his current function as U13 Coach. Quite some busy months for this ambitious individual. In between the pitch and office hours, he found the time to share his challenges and tips to make the Guangzhou Evergrande Football Academy successful:

    Guangzhou Evergrande Football Academy

    Tip 1: Create connection between first team and academy

    “One of my most important responsibilities will be, to install the necessary structures which will make it possible to connect the academy with the first team. Only this will create a clear player pathway within the club. One of our possible options is the instalment of a Technical Committee with a representative of the academy.”

    Tip 2: Connect the dots

    “Another challenge will be to connect all departments within the academy, so that all experts are aligned and are striving towards a common goal.”

    Tip 3: Quality above quantity

    “The Chinese culture is being characterised by working hours and hours and by being present at the club. But being present doesn’t mean one is productive. In this respect, I would like to install a mindset of quality above quantity. The work the staff will deliver, will be measured via feedback loops and 360 degree evaluations.”

    Tip 4: From individual to team approach

    “Shifting the mindset from an individual to a team approach will probably be one of the most challenging ones. Established sports in China, like badminton or table tennis, have always focused on the individual. In football, the team is predominant and the individual player needs to fit within the bigger picture.”

    Tip 5: Football and education, from OR- to AND-story

    “The parents of a young child shouldn’t choose between his or her talent in football and his or her ability to study and obtain a degree. At Guangzhou Evergrande Football Academy we are providing both in combination. It is this message we constantly need to convey, because Chinese parents mostly think they need to choose one track.”

    Tip 6: Arouse the love for the game

    “Bringing the passion for football to China is one of my personal goals. It is a feeling which I experienced at its best in Pamplona, Spain. Some young players want to become a professional player, just because they have to. I want to inspire my coaches and explain how to enjoy the game so that they can transmit that feeling to their players.”

    Are you inspired by José’s story and do you also want to become an expert in talent development? Then, apply for our next edition of the International Master Class Academy Management starting on October 16th.
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    “Double pass is working on football talent development in a lot of countries and organises this International Master Class in a very professional way, with very good teachers and international participants. I have learned a lot.” – José Artieda

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    The CFA visited double pass

    Chris Van Puyvelde, the Technical Director of the Chinese Football Association visited double pass yesterday during a study trip to Europe.

    The former Technical Director of the Belgian Football Federation explains why a visit to double pass was so important for the delegation of the CFA.


    If you want more information about this visit of the CFA, you can reach out to: 

    Steven Vansina
    General Manager

  • The double pass Talent Development Framework

    The battle for the most talented players raised due to the liberalisation of the player labour market and tremendous revenue streams in several national competitions. This context is stimulating the quest for professionalisation with regard to talent development. At the same time, there is a need for a European standard for profiling high quality and productive Academies.

    By means of doctoral research, the double pass Talent Development Framework has recently been optimised by an exploration phase, a quantitative survey (85 Academy Managers from more than 35 countries) and semi-structured interviews with 20 Academy Managers. Clubs were classified as <10 million, 10-50 million, 50-100 million and >100 million euro revenue to reveal if certain standards were revenue-dependent.

    The Talent Development Framework is consisting of European standards grouped into 10 overall dimensions. The framework is using different theories to come to a relevant and scientifically researched framework. You can find it below:

    1 A first element is the inside-out perspective which refers to the resources and processes that lead to organisational effectiveness. Bringing resources (e.g. staff) together with processes (e.g. individual development) enhances the organisational capacity of a professional club.

    2 A second element is the outside-in perspective based on the model of Porter (2008). The analysis of the professional environment gave a broad description of influencing factors on talent development in a European context. The five forces (e.g. suppliers) are indicated on the framework.

    Talent Development Framework

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    The double pass Talent Development Framework

    The battle for the most talented players raised due to the liberalisation of the player labour market and tremendous revenue streams in several national competitions. This context is stimulating the quest for professionalisation with regard to talent development. At the same time, there is a need for a European standard for profiling high quality and productive Academies.

    By means of doctoral research, the double pass Talent Development Framework has recently been optimised by an exploration phase, a quantitative survey (85 Academy Managers from more than 35 countries) and semi-structured interviews with 20 Academy Managers. Clubs were classified as <10 million, 10-50 million, 50-100 million and >100 million euro revenue to reveal if certain standards were revenue-dependent.

    The Talent Development Framework is consisting of European standards grouped into 10 overall dimensions. The framework is using different theories to come to a relevant and scientifically researched framework. You can find it below:

    1A first element is the inside-out perspective which refers to the resources and processes that lead to organisational effectiveness. Bringing resources (e.g. staff) together with processes (e.g. individual develop