President Mayer-Vorfelder used the occasion to reflect on the progress the program has made during its first year. „We have reached an important goal by beeing able to establish the program nationwide and thereby sending a visible signal thoughout Germany. Every member at the grass roots now knows that the DFB is making a great effort to promote and support young football-talents.
The positive feedback coming from the kids, the coaches and the parents is extremely motivating. DFB-coach Jörg Daniel, who is also the program´s supervising coach, adds that we are definitely on the right track. Useful innovations will make the project
even more effective in the future. Even though the project, which has a budget of about 10 million Euros annually, is already a great success, says Mayer-Vorfelder more innovations will be applied to enhance the effectivness of the program in the future.
"We will also make an effort to improve the skills of the training instructors in order to enhance the quality of training sessions. The DFB`s aim is to create and maintain a training environment of a high quality standard for promising young players" says
Mayer-Vorfelder. He adds, "A first step in that direction is to hold info classes on a regular basis to keep the participating coaches and training units up to date on new training techniques".
The training camps, also called training bases will, be of great assistance to the coaches in order to establish a uniform and modern training philosopy. A positive side effect of these info meetings will be, that the team coaches can also collect „WM-team-campagne“ points for their own teams.
Another component of the program is the scientific aspect.
[bild2]Scientific guidance will help to identify the nessesary qualities and skills a young player must have to become a professional football player. The Deutsche Sporthochschule (German sports university) has developed a standardized physical testing method in order to be able to monitor the effectivenes and quality of training methods used, and also to help set training guidelines for the future. The physical test will be conducted twice per year in each training camp. "We are assisting the coaches" explains Prof. Dr. Karl Weber from the Deutsche Sporthochschule in Köln.
Gerhard Mayer-Vorfelder explains that statistically 3 to 5 percent of all young football players in Germany are highly talented. The DFB´s aim is to identify potentialy promising young football talents early on and help them developing their skills for a future careere as a professional football player.
Now here are some facts on the program:
22,099 talented boys and girls in 7082 teams are taking part in the Extended Talent Promotion Program.
387 training camps all over Germany.
1167 full time coaches are guaranteeing a high quality and sophisticated training.
70 percent of the almost 27.000 football teams in Germany are actively supporting the program.
85 percent of all participating young talents are less than 25 kilometers away from their training camps.
3 times so far every coach has received further education to improve their skills.
1699 of the participating young talents are actively playing in a minor league.
58 are nominated to join the DFB-junior-nationalteam.
453 players in the program went directly to professional football teams.
102 players moved on to sports oriented schools in secondary education.
664 girls are taking part in the DFB program.
179 cooperations on the program between the DFB and schools so far.