‘What is our Ethos.’ It’s such a broad question and can create ambiguous and generic answers. So Instead ask us two questions. Ask us What do we believe? And then How do we deliver it?
What do we believe? We believe it is our job to ‘inspire’. We aim to ignite a passion for football in your child, one we all share. We want to fan the flames of creativity and help nurture a curiosity that will led them to training, practicing and learning on their own. Einstein said ‘Logic will get you from A to Z; Imagination will get you everywhere.’ We are not trying to create Premier League footballers, any coach who tells you this, for us, is misguided (after all the success rate for the 1.5 million youth footballers playing at any one time is a tiny 0.012%). We want to help your child learn to express themselves, to experiment on a football pitch, learn from error and above all ‘Play Without Fear’. We want them to develop a love of the game that means eventually our role with them will become redundant. Development through enjoyment, in a safe environment. It’s too easy to forget that football is supposed to be fun!
We believe we are not producing footballers but that we are helping equip young men and women for the challenges that await them in life. Do we want our young players to dream of becoming professional footballers? Of course we do! Do we want to instill in them the drive and commitment to try and push for their dream? Without doubt! But we believe we have a duty of care to help our players build the character to not only strive for their dreams - whatever they may be - but also to give them the support network and safe platform to which they can always return, no matter what their journey in life holds.
How do we deliver this? That bit is simple, with fun, enjoyable, technical sessions. We want to teach your child how to handle the football, how to manipulate it, how to protect it, and how to express themselves on it. To ‘Play without fear’. Our sessions provide structured learning yet encourage a curiosity that asks them to try new things. From our Saturday F.F.A. session through to special One-to-one's, we aim to provide each individual child with the focus they need to grow and develop. All our coaches are FA certified and whilst we have our own dedicated WFO, we see them all as Safeguarding Officers. Beneath the surface of Pass+Move is a structured development plan, not only for our individual players, but also for our coaches and our club as a whole. The game continues to evolve and we aim to move with it.
Creativity, Courage, Curiosity and Character our very own 4 C’s. Four word's that inspire our players to 'Play Without Fear.'
We are a family. We are a journey. We are Pass+Move.
This book is a must read for so many who are involved in football; coaches, players and most definitely parents. This little excerpt has really stuck with me. The last paragraph should be tattooed on all the minds of those of us involved in youth football.
Pass+Move began from a very small acorn. Three young players, on a cold winters morning, at Battle Sports Centre. That was 2012. Since then Pass+Move has grown and now affects over 300 players a week. For us, the next logical evolution was to create our own Football Club, to allow us to deliver the kind of experience for parents and players alike, which we believe everyone involved in grassroots football deserved. We want to continue to grow and develop, but for this to happen we need to be able to work without the constraints we were having to contend with, barriers that came from working within a Football Club that sadly did not share our vision or in our beliefs of what you as players and parents deserve from a Club.
Over our individual careers we have developed a picture of what we liked and what we didn’t like about different footballing setups. Our time as coaches and working with the FA has also played a large part in our beliefs. Finally a huge debt has to be paid to S.V. Oranje Wit in Dordrecht. They as a club provided the perfect role model for everything we wish S.C. Pass+Move to become.
In Sporting Club Pass+Move we hope to grow a club, which all involved within can be proud of. We want to create a legacy, which young players can take with them as they grow and develop. From children learning fundamentals, to grassroots players, to adults, to coaches and finally to parents, who will hopefully complete the circle and bring their children back to enjoy the same experiences they did during their youth.
The Pass+Move family are so excited by everything the future holds and we truly hope that you will either continue with us on this journey, or come and join the Pass+Move family. We are passionate about delivering ‘Football For All’, and everyone is welcome!