What is TST?
We see ourselves as experts in the development of game functional footwork. The foot dexterity and precision of touch developed by working on Fundamental Footwork Patterns, then translates to all touches and actions* that a player has in a game. (*First touch [ Control with intelligence], ball moving [running with the ball, changes direction, and 1v1 moments in all its forms] and the release [in all its forms]).
The overriding aim is to improve foot dexterity, so that when a player interacts with a ball there is a greater degree of precision of touch, so that ultimately :
The player and the ball become one.
Overtime, the work done at TST and by the player outside of training, will improve their ability to interact with the ball at speed, whilst keeping th with the head up (without a breakdown of touch) and done perfectly in stride.
Plus, we are only interested in game functional ball movement patterns that maximise the effeciency and effectiveness of use of the ball when playing in tight spaces. [Ball mastery exercises that have no place in the game become n exercise in poor coaching and show a lack of understanding of game functional technique. Such exercise will not be found at TST. There is too much to learn to waste time on diffcult things which have no purpose.]
If players put the work in and spend enough time with us, this will make a significant difference to them as a player.
The precision of touch we strive for, takes years to develop and maintain. Players who are looking only at the short term or have fixed mindset (I want to get better, but i want it now and i am not prepared to do any extra work to get it) will not get anything out TST. It is not for them.
We aim to provide a level repetition and feedback that is impossible to get at team training. Not because of the level of coaching at team training, but because a team coach will coach with a different emphasis and different aims and goals.
Also, team training is big group. This can make a huge difference in regards to the amount and type of feedback a player will get in regards to their developing technique. THis lack of attention, feedback and technical practice at training can have a massive impact on a players technical development. the 'just play and the technique will follow' approach, simply doesnt work for most players.
On the flip side, because we fundamentally work on touch, it means that we actually compliment a player's team training as we help players go to training with a 'better and better' tool kit. We don't teach a system of play. Team coaches remain in full control of how their players use their developing precision of touch.
TST may will not be for you if If you believe that all young players should be playing strictly 2 touch football (and no more) and that anything more than this is poor play. We dont view development in this way, and expereince makes us think it has no value. We encourage players to to find the optimal number of touches for the moment. To strictly limit touches as a philosophy of play takes a big chunk of the potential options available, away from a player. 1 touch and 2 touch football are a part of the game, but it is not the game.
So whether a player is central player (CB or 6) or an attacking player (wide, attacking mid, forward) we provide players with the footwork needed to play all these positions well.
Here are a couple oxamples of what can happen as result of a long term commitment to development.
Valli Cesnik (Born 1999) - Came to TST as big center half at 12 years old and was always over looked at state level because they thought he wasn't technical enough. He is now a technical and quick Winger.#10. He played NPL from the age of 17 and in 2019 signed professionally with a club in Europe (and joins a few other ex TST boys who are already there). These videos show what sort of footwork Valli has developed since getting involved in TST.