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Why coaches are so important

davidscwnewOne of the positives to have come out of the opening of St George’s Park in England last year is the recognition being given to the thousands of coaches up and down the country that make grassroots football tick.

St Georges will hopefully be putting coaches at the forefront of football in England, much like the situation is in Europe and America. Without coaches there wouldn’t be matches taking place every weekend.

The hours you coaches spend getting the right advice and the right sessions not only helps to create a development culture at your club but is also vitally important to the children you coach. I know how hard it is for all of you because I’ve started clubs too, and have stood in front of parents wondering how on earth I was going to fulfil their wishes.

Like you, I’ve stood at the end of a game when my team has lost, wondering if we would ever win again. Yes, it can be hard sometimes but coaching is also a wonderful experience, with some amazing highs. I spoke to a coach this week who has set up his own team because the side his son played for no longer saw the boy as part of their future.

His son sat on the bench most matches and when he was allowed on, he was screamed at and told what to do. That’s not being a coach – coaches make football fun. To rescue his son he created a team and set about learning what he should be coaching and how to manage.

He hadn’t realised all the things he would have to do: the amount of emails to players, the collection of subs, the payment of referees, coping with training, getting a kit and buying the right equipment. But I went to one of his matches and it was great to see him doing everything the right way, encouraging his players and making sure they all got a game. And at the end, when his team had won, he was bubbling over with delight. By doing it all himself he is learning the hard way that coaching is a huge responsibility.

Here at Soccer Coach Weekly we want to recognise all the hard work that goes into the role of the coach by shining a light on some of you who do the job. Which is why I run a Coach Of The Month feature, recognising grassroots coaches with all kinds of experience, whether it be for putting so much into the game every week or maybe just for making the kids happy.

If you want to nominate someone, or even yourself, to be Coach Of The Month, please tell us why and you could be featured in the magazine. Email your nominations to


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The Key: A Growth Mindset
Growth Mindset

To develop a player to any level the key to that success is what is called a Growth Mindset. An invaluable resource is the book of the same name by Carol Dweck, well worth reading for further self education.

Once a coach is armed with the knowledge that psychology, growth mindset etc is vital to the development of a player how do they implement that into every session? Up until now there has been no definitive, no true guide of how to help a player with (emotional) control, commitment for example. The focus has always been on either the physical or technical corners, as they are the elements where progress can be visualised more easily over a shorter period of time.

Has a coach ever themed a session under the heading confidence? In over 20 years of being in the game at every level in the UK and overseas I have never witnessed a session where the plan was purely aimed at either a psychological or social element, such as being a better learner or able to concentrate for longer.

That has all changed. An evolution is happening on our doorstep and being facilitated in sessions at the Pre Academy in areas covering the northwest of England. And the evidence of development so far is quite amazing.

You can find put more by visiting – free 7 day trial.

Further, specific information on how this is being facilitated will be posted here and in other blogs over the coming weeks and months.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized on January 8, 2015.
Psychology & Soccer

The principles of human performance are the same for EVERYONE, whether it’s a postman or a footballer, it just needs to be put into context.

An excellent metaphor is The Human Tree, which is in 5 stages:

Leaf: Behaviour Worst – Best

Branch: Feelings Negative – Positive

Trunk: Attitude Negative – Positive

Roots: Beliefs Limiting – Enabling

Soil: Conditioning

The Human Tree is an excellent tool to assist and evaluate a player psychologically, even with the youngest player to assist them in the long term with good behaviour, becoming a better learner and developing the 5 C’s (confidence, commitment, communication, concentration & control – emotions).

It is the mantra of the Future Game that we must:


This entry was posted in Uncategorized on January 7, 2015.
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