Firstly, this is my first post here but I've been "lurking" for a number of years. I must say I'm disappointed that when I signed up for an account I had to answer a question "Newcastle ____" and when I answered Jest it asked me another question? Anyway, on topic. Liga Academy is a fantastic opportunity for juniors to play out of season. For juniors ie 5-10 year olds to progress technically, the only avenue available is Academy style training. My son has been fortunate to have a great coach for his local club side, but training for 1/2 hour to an hour a week and a 30 minute small sided game on a Saturday morning for a max 15 weeks (if you count washouts) is not enough time for a talented grassroots player to develop the technical skills required to play at a higher level, particularly with the modern thoughts of "non-comp", no grading of small sided teams and zero rep sides for stronger players to develop at a faster rate. The Liga Academy are very professionally run and offers an additional outlet for my son to play the game he loves throughout the year, and does not demand that he not play for his local of a Saturday also. I would recommend for any parent with a child who is above average to explore the benefits of year round academy style training to further develop their talent.