Masterclass with John Cartwright at the London Football Coaches Association

I’ve got the coaching feeling back.

One thing I’ve experienced this past year and a half is going after your dream is not straightforward. Sometimes you can stray and become sidetracked with things that are not important. That’s where I give thanks to the masterclass event held by the London Football Coaches Association I recently attended, with guest speaker John Cartwright for putting me back on track.

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Coaching Women’s University Football

Team meeting with Coventry University Women's 2nd team It has been a busy year!

For those that don’t know, I left grassroots football in September to finish my last year of University studying Economics. Luckily enough I was able to get the coaching role for the Women’s second team at my University through the use of Twitter. Those two combined have been the reason for my lack of activity on the blog, but that’ll change from now on because I have officially finished University! I’ll be going through my future plans in another blog post but I’m going to use this post to share my experiences of coaching this year.

I’ve only been involved in coaching kids, but I’ve always wanted to test myself with adults and there was a different kind of pressure this past eight months. Results are 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.

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Coaching A Topic – A Key Lesson To Help Your Players’ Understanding

Never waste a moment to develop your players’ understanding of a topic. Too many coaches are not extracting the maximum learning potential of a match situation. Treat a match like a training session.

It’s pre-season and in the last 2 weeks I’ve started working on the defensive side of the game with the U15’s boys team; more specifically the topic of pressing and dropping. Before I leave for University in a few weeks, my aim is to help players understand the basic mechanics of pressing and dropping; both individually and as a team. It is near impossible that they 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.

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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.

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