Partners in Development - A Program Overview

The Partners in Development program is an inclusive and collaborative program for motivated youth development clubs,  youth coaches and those with a passion for soccer and learning together.  

One of the main objectives of the program is to help motivated clubs throughout Greater Houston, the State of Texas, and even from around the Country and World, come together in a consistent and positive way to share and learn together. The program has three main areas of focus: player, coach, and club development. There is special focus on the younger ages: before the entry-level Pre-Grassroots (ages 2-5) into the Grassroots (ages 5-8) and Foundation (ages 9-12) and Formation Phases (ages 13-15).

The Partners in Development is a program free of cost and is always open to any and all who love learning, sharing and cultivating a passion for youth development.

Paul Holocher, Houston Dynamo, Academy Director

The Coaches Collaborative- Join us!

Each month in the Partners in Development program we meet in the Coaches Collaborative.  The objective of the Coaches Collaborative is to provide a consistent platform to learn and grow together and to inspire each other through the sharing of insights and experiences.  Each month we take 'deeper dives' into youth development topics and also have special guests and experts from around the nation and the world!

Some recent topics of the "Deeper Dives":         

  • Engaging and educating Parents as partners in development!
  • The forward-thinking philosophy of Soccer Starts at Home!
  • The importance of Grassroots and Foundation Phase development.
  • Improving Individual Player development.
  • Game models for player development at young ages.
  • The study and development of Positional Play concepts. 
  • Methodology and Core Exercise Design.
  • Guided Defending Methods in developing skill in young players
  • Innovative programming for player development at younger ages.
  • The importance of developing Perceptive skills.
  • Developing your club's philosophy and methods of development.

To join into future Coaches Collaboratives, simply contact, Academy Director, Paul Holocher at

Coaches Collaboratives are happening through ZOOM!

“All knowledge is connected to all other knowledge. The fun is in making the connections.”                              

Arthur C. Aufderheide

Mon. Jan. 10th - Coaches Collaborative, Special Guest- Joan Olivia

Mon. Jan. 10th- Coaches Collaborative - Special Guest-Joan Olivia

Joan Olivia- Monday, Jan. 10th Time: 11 am to 12:30 pm

UPCOMING!  Coaches Collaborative   Special Guest:  Joan Olivia

Date: Mon. Jan. 10th, 2022       Time: 11am  to 12:15      

Topic: Rondos and Positional Game as tool for youth development                                                                                                                    

Coach Joan Oliva is a native of Barcelona, Spain who currently serves as the Technical Director for Lafayette Dynamo Juniors and Head Coach of Louisiana TDP U15’s of MLS Next and the Louisiana Krewe of USL League 2. 

Oliva is well-cultured in the game having coached on all five continents spread across twelve different countries.  He previously served as the Youth Coach at FC Barcelona before moving onto head coaching duties with CD Primeiro d’Agosto and Domant of the Angolan First Division. 

Oliva, who holds a UEFA PRO License, the highest European license attainable will discuss the concepts of developing youth players within a Positional Play philosophy.

This is sure to be a fantastic learning opportunity for any coach or educator.

As always, we encourage all our #PartnersinDevelopment to share these Coaches Collaborative opportunities with their club’s motivated staff.  #CultureofDevelopment

About the Partners in Development:   The Partners in Development is a Houston-based developmental program for all motivated youth clubs and coaches.  If you are a Youth Coach or Club Director with special interest in the Grassroots and Foundation ages, or simply an active 'Student of the Game'  who loves learning and would like to participate in our monthly Partners in Development programs, please click HERE or email to 



Training Invitational- Dribble Festivals - Join Us!

The objective of the Training Invitational- Dribble Festival is to inspire and develop young players to new levels and to help our Greater Houston partners in development with practical, fun, on the field programming.  

Our special focus with the 2 v 2 and 3 v 3 Dribble Festivals is on the Grassroots (ages 5-8).  Inspired by Belgium's 2 v 2 Dribbling Festivals and  Horst Wein's Funhino 3 v 3 -  the Dribble Festival format supports the very best in early age-development, with lots of dribbling, scoring, 1 v 1's, 2 v 1's,  with light, positive instruction and skill development from staff.

These proven approaches introduce young children to the game of soccer, with an emphasis on FUN so that children fall in love with the ball and the game from the earliest ages. 

These special developmental events take place at the Houston Sports Park (HSP)- the home of the Houston Dynamo FC and Dash, and can also be organized to be at one of our Partners in Development own training locations. 

For more information on how your club or team can participate in upcoming 'Training Invitationals' - Dribble Festival  please contact, Academy Director, Paul Holocher, or by calling directly to 713-446-0087. 

Check out the video below for an example of a Training Invitational - 2 v 2 and 3 v 3 Dribble Festival!