The only team that needs to win trophies is the first team. The youth teams don’t need to win, they just need to make their players better.
Before the age of 14 it’s just playful skills and everything and developing good habits, like controlling the ball and passing and positions, and we’re also thinking a lot about the mental side.
So in the end you have not just a complete football player, but a person who is good for others, who means something in the world.
The Ajax Academy Philosophy From Stillness and Speed “My Story” – Dennis Bergkamp