Rise of the Coach: My Journey – The Power of Twitter

Hello fellow coaches!

Hope you’re all well. Thought I would update you on where I’m at in my coaching career as there have been some significant developments.

Last June I decided to take a gap year from University to pursue a career in coaching. Exactly a year later and I’ve surpassed my expectations. In this year, I have passed my Level 1 and 2 qualifications. I work for a coaching company and deliver football sessions in primary schools and also assist other coaches in PE lessons. I’ve also attended CPD events Continue reading

Feedback – Question Your Methods

Do you know your strengths and weaknesses? Where do you need to improve as a coach?

These are the kind of questions that you need to ask yourself on a regular basis. Self analysis is very important if you are serious about improving as a coach. Evaluating your performance in the session and the session itself is a great way of finding out your strengths and weaknesses.

However, it is also important to find out what other people think of your coaching style and your sessions. The players you coach and other coaches that assist you may see things differently to how you see them. The players Continue reading

Free Time – Express Yourself

Experimentation – something more coaches should be doing.

Yesterday I decided to experiment with my session and allowed the kids (11 year olds) to do whatever they wanted for the first 10 minutes of the session. I gave no direction and merely pointed to the fact they could use whatever equipment (Balls, Bibs and Cones) they wanted.

The aim of this experiment was to Continue reading

Discipline…

I recently witnessed a coach who didn’t DIDN’T discipline his players. It was chaos! Certain players came close to fighting. Arguments occurred so regularly that I was dumfounded as to why the coach did not intervene. Respect for the coach had¬†diminished and it was clear to see he had no control.

What could he have done? What do I mean by disciplining your players? I want to know, what methods do Continue reading

Learn to Adapt

Hello fellow coaches.

Over the past 2 months, I’ve been coaching at least 4 times a week in schools for PE and after school football clubs. In addition to this, I coach U9’s for my grassroots team once a week.

Before I entered schools to coach, I was used to a great 3G astro, half a 7-a-side pitch and the equipment was in good condition. Furthermore, I only had to coach around 10-12 kids at each session. However, coaching at schools forced me to adapt to Continue reading