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TW BRAGA GIRLSWe are very excited to add a girls section at TW Braga!It was terrific to welcome 20 girls along to our first session.  We will be entering teams into the IFA Summer Fest...

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BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE FOR THE NEW SEASON!We're very excited to announce that you can now secure your place for your child ahead of the new season for Toddler & Mini Soccer!As we enjoy our 11th birthday celebratio...

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THE SECRETS TO DEVELOPING ELITE YOUTH FOOTBALL PLAYERSTim Wareing has released his third book through his publisher titled, 'The Secrets to Developing ELITE Youth Football Players.'  Copies are available in paperback or e-...

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BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE FOR THE NEW SEASON!We're very excited to announce that you can now secure your place for your child ahead of the new season for Toddler & Mini Soccer!As we enjoy our 11th birthday celebrat...

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SUMMER 2015 LAUNCHED - BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!We're very excited to launch our summer schedule & have football for all!  Our weekly centres will operate up to the end of June as will our elite training with TW ...

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PREMIER LEAGUE ACADEMY COACHING CLINICTWSports.Org hosted a Premier League Academy Coaching Clinic at Belfast Boys’ Model School.  The clinic was operated by a top Academy coach he flew into Belfast to ...

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Tim Wareing holds his UEFA European A licence & has well over 10 years of coaching experience.  Spending 6 years at Lisburn Distillery he coached & managed the Reserve Team, U18 side & also set up a very successful Academy.  He has received a number of awards in recognition of services to sport & most recently was presented with the Advantage Young Business Award.

“I have launched TWAcademy.Org to offer elite coaching for all children to help develop their technical skills & tactical awareness.

Children attending TWSports.Org Mini Soccer Centres that reach a certain level will be invited into the TW Academy.  Likewise, elite children playing for a local club can apply for a place in the TW Academy for additional training.

The problem in Northern Ireland is the contact time children have with their coaches & clubs.  Generally most children will only receive one, maybe two training sessions a week at their club.  Receiving 2 - 3 hours practice time a week including a match programme is not nearly enough for any child to develop & gain a good education in football.  Elite children in England & Holland generally receive at least 9 - 12 hours practice time with their coaches & clubs!

Another issue is the education & development programme in place at clubs around the country.  There is some great youth coaches & clubs in place but for every good set up you can be sure there is 6 poorly run youth teams.

The TW Academy will not only offer elite children an excellent coaching education but we have a community section also.  We won’t turn away children if they are not good enough, big enough, or if they are a girl!  We welcome all into our programme so that all children can feel part of a team.  We are also realistic as many children can be late developers & if given time can turn into very talented players.

We also offer information on additional practice time at home, diet & nutritional advice & we are on hand for individual feedback on each player.  Another major factor will be developing the links we hold with Dutch clubs.  We will look to operate tours to Holland to play against their Academy teams & top local sides.

Remember, our programme is additional training for your child & we won’t look at taking your child out of their club.  We actually want to work with clubs through our player & coach education programmes.

Through my expertise & qualities of working with children I can guarantee that your child will improve on their game while attending the TW Academy.  We make the training programme creative & focus heavily on the technical side but more importantly insuring that our players have fun.”

Contact me now on 077 4012 0788 or by email for further information.

Tim Wareing, Academy Director
UEFA European A Licence Coach

Latest News - Belfast Telegraph Feature

Belfast Telegraph Feature

This is the story of Lisburn League youth side TW Braga. The TW stands for Tim Wareing, founder of the club and a football academy that offers coaching schemes for children, from toddlers to teenagers.

The Braga comes from the Portuguese team of the same name, with whom Belfast man Tim has formed a close bond after becoming friends with their assistant Academy director Hugo Vicente.

Meeting on a coaching course in Holland, the pair realised they shared the same ideas about how kids should be coached and why enjoyment and education is key.

Inspired by the conversations, 36-year-old Wareing decided to launch a new Belfast-based team.

TW Braga's tale began just two years ago in the Lisburn League at U12 level in the 2013-14 season. Finding their feet, in more ways than one, the boys finished fifth in their first campaign and reached the semi-final of the Foyle Cup tournament.

A promising start but things were to get a whole lot better in the season just past when the TW Braga kids (now U13) won the Lisburn League title.

Coming top of the class in just their second campaign was impressive enough, but doing it by playing an entertaining and open brand of football made it that bit more special for coach Wareing and the kids themselves.


"It took a little time to get my messages across to the boys because the kids came from different backgrounds and different clubs with different ideas," admitted Tim.

"We wanted them to get on the ball and be creative rather than just get rid of it and as time went by, games that we were losing in the first year we would win. The team gained confidence from that and went from strength to strength. It was great to see them want to get on the ball and play good football. That was important to me."

Winning the title was the icing on the cake, but it's the other ingredients thrown in that make TW Braga's success such a tasty and compelling mix with Wareing keen to give the kids an insight into the professional game if they are good enough or have ambitions in the future of going that far.

He explained: "The kids train on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday and also have the option to attend additional sessions and receive one-on-one coaching, helping them to develop a lot quicker and improve them technically and tactically. We also have classroom sessions which include match analysis on video.

"We like to strike a happy balance so we are not taking too much out of their lives and asking too much of parents, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out if you have more contact time with the kids, with good coaching they are going to become better players."

Wareing also wants the children to become more rounded individuals and to that end his backroom team includes a conditioning coach, education officer and pastoral carer and over the past 18 months the kids have been taught basic first aid, had a work shop on nutrition and even a talk on money matters from Ulster Bank.

In the future he intends to hold classes on internet safety plus awareness on alcohol and drugs. "For us, we have a slogan about creating better players and better people," said Tim, who is married with four children.

"Realistically there will only be a small percentage of kids that actually make it through to the professional game but if we can do things that will help them with their schooling and in work later in their lives, that is rewarding for everyone.

"I am a stickler for manners at the club. I want to see the kids with TW Braga behave in the right way.

"The environment is professional yet relaxed so the players can express themselves. On a Saturday we want kids to have the freedom of play and we encourage them to write down their thoughts and how they feel they could improve."

Irish League clubs have already come hunting for the Braga players, which is a compliment to what has been achieved at the club to date.

Wareing started his TW Sports Academy 10 years ago.

"In my eyes there was restricted youth development in this country and I felt passionately about doing something about it," he recalled.

Encouraged and financed by his dad to complete his coaching badges, Tim was just 24 by the time he had worked his way up to A License level.

For six years he coached the Under-18s and Academy players at Lisburn Distillery, when his 'mentor' Paul Kirk was manager of the Ballyskeagh.

While thrilled to be working with the kids, Wareing was frustrated by the lack of contact time with the players, believing while he was making progress he could make an even bigger impact with more training sessions.

And so he decided to fully focus on taking his own Academy to a different level.

The acorn that began with just himself coaching youngsters in the Cregagh area in Belfast is fast becoming a big oak tree. Now, aided by sponsors Subway, he operates province-wide, employs 30 other qualified coaches and his Academy coaches up to 600 children per week ranging from the age of two to 15.

The first to bring a 'Toddler Soccer programme' to Northern Ireland, he wrote a book about it which has sold in 30 countries and he is never afraid to post videos of training sessions on YouTube for the world to see.

The TW Academy continues to grow.

And the next step for TW Braga? His reply: "We are losing some players to other clubs which is a shame but it shows we're doing things right. It also represents a challenge to recruit new players and coach them so that they can fulfil their potential."

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