Time for action: Creating a culture (Part 2)

I’m on the verge of being able to create something close to the perfect environment that the coaching family on twitter wants to see. A club run from scratch that will create a positive, fun learning environment for kids and also coaches.

Right now it is at an infant stage in terms of getting up and running, however Continue reading

Time for action: Creating a culture (Part 1)

England’s recent failings at all levels this summer has caused more concern from English football fans about the amount of quality players we are producing for our national team. Fingers have been pointed at The FA, Premier League, coaches of grassroots and others.

However we all have to take some blame for this.

The FA have started to make changes; the change of format to the grassroots game and the appointment of three good coaches to head up youth development in the country. The Premier League has the power to do what it wants and our voices are unlikely to be heard when the FA can’t influence the Premier League to make positive changes.

So what are YOU, the people working at grassroots level, doing to create change to our football in England? Continue reading

The Importance of a Coaching Philosophy

Ferguson-Guardiola: Definitely have a coaching philosophy

A coaching philosophy. What is it? Why do we even need one?

Here’s a definition I found of a coaching philosophy that brings it down to what it’s really about:

An attitude held by a coach that acts as the guiding principle for the training and development of an athlete or team.

The words that jump out at me are ‘attitude’ and ‘guiding principle’. It has to be a collection of ideas that determine everything you do as a coach; from how you handle situations you face with your players and parents to how you want your team to train and play. A coaching philosophy should give an insight into how you are as a person and a coach.

The benefits of having a coaching philosophy will Continue reading