ABOUT ISLEDON WOLVES
We are based in Islington and our teams are from under 8 to under 14.
Players can expect to play an average of 20 league fixtures a year.
FA qualified coaches give their time for nothing and train players throughout the season on 4G and grass pitches.
And we offer additional training camps in the holidays too.
We have one of the lowest subs in London.
Come for a tryout and see if you fit in.
MEET THE TEAM
Philip Clothier – Treasurer + Club Secretary
John Powles – Director of Football
Rob Wadey – Youth Development Phase Coach
Sam Sholli – Foundation Phase Coach
Jervis Tasinda – Foundation Phase Coach
Aston Stephenson – Foundation Phase Coach
Keeley Isteed – Social Media Manager
The conceptual approach to football for our teams can be best explained considering:
> Play with possession of the ball
> Play out of possession of the ball, and in transition
As we strive to develop ‘independent decision makers’ with a growth mind-set to have integrated our playing philosophy into our coaching programme.
The main aim of our playing philosophy is to develop individuals and teams that can control the game in and out of possession with togetherness.
With the ball
1) WE AIM TO ATTACK QUICKLY AS A TEAM OR INDIVIDUAL ON TRANSITION
If opposition defence is pressed high, look for attacking options to exploit spaces in behind the oppositions defence
If opposition defence drops deep or holds a deep position look to move ball out of pressure and attack in the opposition’s vulnerable areas
Upon winning possession, player possession immediate looks to play in behind opposition defence if appropriate, if not, they look to pass to their further forward option
2) WE AIM TO SPREAD OUT WHEN IN POSSESSION
When opportunities to play forward quickly are nullified, we will encourage a build-up of the game which requires “broadening of the game”. This will be done by applying learned attack mechanisms involving rotation of movement and numerical player advantages.
3) WE AIM TO PLAY POSITIVELY THROUGH THE THIRDS
The ball shall be played forward fast, with purpose and daring (depth before width) if possible
In the event of a more strategic build-up of play, the direction and speed of our possession will allow the team to move the opposition and exploit gaps.
All players of the team must participate in the constructive build-up of the game from their respective positions.
Possession through the thirds will allow at times individual ingenuity in key 1 v 1 attacking zones.
4) WE AIM TO INTERCHANGE POSITIONS TO OVERLOAD THE OPPOSITION
Combination play throughout the thirds.
In midfield (fast precise pass play) in order to get the ball into the offensive
Overload opportunities must be exploited to create the numerical advantage to overrun the opposition and control the game.
5) WE AIM TO DISPLAY A 1 V 1 WINNING MENTALITY AT ALL TIMES
Each individual much show a relentless pursuit to come out on top in every face of the game. These small victories will accumulate to provide the ultimate desired outcome: improvement and result.
6) WE AIM TO PLAY CREATIVELY IN THE FINAL THIRD TO SCORE
In the area where there is most pressure, players must show speed of thought and action. The desire and belief to score is sacrosanct to the team’s success
The importance of individual spontaneity and creativity not only excites spectators, it can be the difference between winning and losing. The actions of single players when attacking (1v1) combined with an end product is crucial and must be nurtured from the very beginning of the Performance Pathway.
Without the ball
1) WE AIM TO DEFEND QUICKLY AS A TEAM OF INDIVIDUAL ON TRANSITION
React quickly to put pressure on the ball if possible
React quickly as a team and individual to get back behind the ball and start to direct the oppositions attack.
Tightening of spaces between the defence, midfield and strikers.
2) WE AIM TO DISPLAY A 1 V 1 WINNING MENTALITY AT ALL TIMES
We will use the 1 v1 mentality to win possession by allowing smart thinking to channel desire and aggression.
3) WE AIM TO MAINTAIN A STRONG MIDDLE WITH BALANCE AT ALL TIMES
The centre of the team (the core) must be ‘stable’ at all times
The team’s formation will allow this to be the case throughout the Performance Pathway.
4) WE AIM TO DROP TO CONTROL THE OPPOSITION’S POSSESSION THEN DIRECT, SLIDE AND PRESS
We reduce potential passing opportunities for the opposition player with the ball by outnumbering the opponents close to the ball and supporting each other. This will create opportunities for players close to the ball to engage the opponent 1 v 1 play
Compact, collective shifting forward or to the side, respectively, towards the ball.
5) WE AIM TO DEFEND WITH PATIENCE, CONTROL, RESTRAINT AND CONCENTRATION WHEN REQUIRED
When ‘under pressure’ we deny the opposition opportunities to shoot, cross or pass in and around the box by playing tight and pressing hard.
Isledon Wolves was set up in 2005 and has trained thousands of kids from in and around the Islington ever since.
The club has won numerous cups and titles in every age group.
We are the only organised sporting outlet for the vast majority of our players.
Some of our players have done very well indeed. Our Under 9 player Jeremiah Iyiola has just been signed for Spurs. He follows a line of Isledon graduates who have joined pro teams like Crystal Palace, Brentford, Millwall and Barnet. Irish international Aiden O’Brien is a former Isledon player.