The core of the Skjold model is that we don’t believe that we at an early age can predict who will be on tomorrow's national team or be playing at the highest level. Our primary purpose both from a social perspective, and for talent development purposes is to get as many as possible to train as much as possible at the highest possible level, and keep going for as long as possible. We therefore do not operate with traditional selection either.
BK Skjold wants to develop players who have a clear Skjold character rather than players who can play a special system or follow a special playing strategy. We want to create independent, brave and enthusiastic football players, because it reflects the club values. We want our coaches to create a framework that stimulates independence, courage and enthusiasm in our players.
We want players who can think and act on their own, even in chaotic and pressured situations. We always do exercises with a specific direction in an open framework. The players have a specific goal to play against, but in an open framework that forces them to reflect and act based on the situations they encounter.
We stimulate the players' opportunities to make decisions in open games, rather than more formal exercises where the outcome is known in advance. We want the players to take responsibility for their own learning and development. We set up challenging frameworks that fit the players development curve, and we support players asking about or reflecting on their own and others practices and take co-responsibility for their own learning.
We want to see players who dare to fail both in training and matches. They must be risk-averse and robust enough to repair and learn from their mistakes and dare to try again. We want players who dare to make a difference with and without the ball, including putting themselves in match-winning situations.
We therefore set up customized challenges and are clearly positively reinforcing in both behavior and language when players fail and still try.
Our coaches must have a dialogue with our players about the individual's strength and focus on what the individual is doing well.
We like to start a dialogue from what the individual player makes of goals through football.
We want the players to show ambition and aggression to both training and matches, both in terms of intensity in duels and pressure and willingness to run. Through co-responsibility and stimulation of good habits, we develop a training framework that accommodates aggression and ambition.
We want the players to train in custom rounds so that the players can keep the intensity of the games. In this way, we stimulate the good habits of being aggressive and ambitious. We strive for a training with few breaks, high tempo, flow with few interruptions.
We reward willingness to train and, for example, do not select players for the top team at the weekend if they have not trained well and stably in the previous week, regardless of level.
How do we train to achieve the goals for our game concept?
How do we practice to reach the goals of our playing style?
The relations in game: We start by training the players in teamwork, but are also aiming to make the players equipped to manage themselves in the game.
The right choice: We train the players to look up and make a decision, whether it is a good idea to dribble or to pass the ball. We want the players to make the decision, and if the decision is correct or wrong is not what the coach is noticing. A player is getting praise from the coach by making a decision.
Tricks and dribbles: We train the players different dribbles, feints and tricks. We do this so the players can experience the joy by learning new things. This is done so the players love for football can grow.
The wide physical learning: We start to include other sports into our practice. We do this to give our players a better way to move their body. Our cooperation with a parkour organisation through BK Skjold gives our players a great advantage.
To practice: We make sure that our players make an effort when they practice. You come to practice to learn and that combined with own strengths, will help overcome the challenges
The smart footballer: We begin to train the players in solutions to different situations through playing, because we think it is the best way to learn. Our footballing strategy is towards the opposition's goal but without a decidedly endgame, because there can be many ways to score a goal. The coach’s job is to question the solutions the players pick during the game and make the player think about the decision after the game.
The brave footballer: We want to make a environment where the players want to be on the ball and make a difference. That's why we are training our players to succeed with very few touches but also with several touches on the ball. One of our theses is that practice should be more difficult than an actual game. Therefore we do a lot of 1v2 or 2v3 practice because the demand to be a successful footballer is raised that way.
Practice/Match: Our coaches and players have to understand that a match is also part of the practice. It is important that players are brave enough to try what they have learned in practice but also include new elements to their game. The speed of the game will be the most essential difference to practice and a match.
Open-minded: You accept your teammates differences, you have each others back in all situations and you listen when your teammates or your coach is talking to you
Selection: When we are pairing up to practice or to a match, we are looking at parameters such as motivation, concentration and level. It is okay to take the best players aside to train them to improve their skills as well. That is to help the best players but also the less good players, so they can be calm in playing their own game at their own tempo. But most of all, we will practice across different levels because we think that everyone benefits the most by taking different roles and playing against different levels.