Junior Development Academy

Boys and Girls U7-U8

The Junior Development Academy is an intensive skill development and tactical instruction program for the most advanced, focused, and passionate U7 and U8 boys and girls.

The Academy is supplemental to the recreation soccer program and provided at modest cost to participants.  By invitation or recommendation only, the Academy is for players who desire a higher level of coaching and crave a more competitive and challenging training environment than offered in the recreational program.  The Academy also serves as a bridge to the more competitive Sterling Soccer travel program beginning at U9.

Designed to be a fun, nurturing, and challenging training environment, the Academy will place a heavy emphasis on individual foot skills in 1v1 and 2v2 attacking situations.  We want players be confident with the ball at their feet and be creative in attacking the goal.  Mistakes will be encouraged and creativity rewarded.  When developmentally appropriate, players will also be introduced to fundamental passing and receiving methods that are the foundation to a progressive possession-style of play.

The Academy consists of eight weekly 60-minute training sessions throughout each of the fall and spring seasons and additional training programs throughout the winter and summer months.  To provide an even greater challenge and more opportunities to achieve success, friendly matches and joint training sessions with nearby clubs will also be arranged.

All eligible recreation players will be considered for the Academy.  Recreation coaches and the Academy Director will be observing, identifying, and recommending players who exhibit the most energy, enthusiasm, and desire for the beautiful game.

If you have questions about the Academy or if your child is interested in participating, please contact the Academy Director, Scott Mann, for more details at or 703-474-4725.


$80 per player*

Payment options:


2) Cash to Academy Director, Scott Mann (receipt provided)

Payment due prior to the start of the first session on April 9, 2018.

*Financial assistance and installment plans are available.  Contact Academy Director, Scott Mann, to apply: or 703-474-4725.



April    9, 16, 23, 30

May    7, 14, 21 (no training Memorial Day)

June   4

Class 1 – 5:45 pm-6:45 pm, Paul Hencken Field 6

Class 2 – 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, Paul Hencken Field 5


Paul Hencken Soccer Fields at Potomack Lakes Sportsplex

20280 Cascades Pkwy, Sterling, VA 20165