Our philosophy is based upon developing the footballing brain, as we believe this is the core fundamental aspect of being a footballer, as well as maintaining the practical side of the game. As Johan Cruyff famously said, “You play football with your head, and your legs are there to help you.”

To achieve this at CGC we follow the FA’s four corner player development model, combined with the philosophies of four of the world's most decorated coaches/managers:

  • Pep Guardiola – Technical/tactical attacking philosophy
  • Jose Mourinho – Psychological strong mentality
  • Jurgen Klopp – Physical style & fast-paced
  • Sir Alex Ferguson – Social and leadership skills


  • Receiving skills
  • Turning skills
  • Travelling with the ball
  • Passing over varying distances
  • Attacking and defending skills
  • Finishing skills
  • Aerial ability


  • Recognise and adapt to the state of the game
  • Achieve winning performances by maximising strengths and exploiting weaknesses
  • Understand and apply individual, unit and team roles and responsibilities
  • Adopt varied playing styles and formations
  • Perform effectively against varied playing styles and formations
  • Deal with varied environmental conditions


  • Confidence
  • Creativity
  • Concentration
  • Communication
  • Control
  • Commitment


  • Agility, balance, coordination
  • Speed/Speed endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Power
  • Strength
  • Nutrition and lifestyle
  • Physical resilience
  • Recovery


  • Behaviour
  • Reflection
  • Teamwork
  • Relationships
  • Accountability
  • Responsibility
  • Independence
  • Enjoyment