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How Soccer Coach Weekly took a grassroots team from relegation to promotion in one season

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I’m not going to say that coaching successful teams is magic – it takes a lot of hard work and time to coach a team, and to train a group to play matches every week throughout the season. What I hope to do is make things a bit easier by providing coaching sessions to help you develop your players.

I’m often asked what age groups Soccer Coach Weekly covers and, working from the bottom, it starts at Under 7s, but what is the top end? Where does the coaching point become too easy for the players?

I was contacted last summer by an adult team, Burpham FC who had just finished bottom of of the GWAFL Division 1 with just 1 win and 11 goals in 18 league games! “HELP!”, they cried…

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New First team Managers Scott Kemp & Suj Khera, both Uefa B licensed coaches wrote: “David, we love coaching and developing players and we believe, with your help and by using Soccer Coach Weekly coaching methods and drills, that we can turn the fortunes of our local club around! Would you support us and put the faith you have in your product to the test?”

The rest is history. Burpham were re-elected to Division 1 and, on Saturday 2nd April 2016, promotion was sealed when they scored 3 goals in the final 6 minutes to win 3-1 away at Swinley Forest FC. On 16th April Burpham were confirmed GWAFL Division 1 runners up.

Incredible results indeed, in just one season. Burpham amassed 33 points, 10 wins scoring 42 goals with a +8 goal difference. Compared to 4pts, 1 win, 11 goals and a -41 goal difference the season before.

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“If you can create that positive environment of learning, which Soccer Coach Weekly has given Burpham, then the results can be staggering!”

Joint Manager Suj Khera said “Credit to the team for all their hard work! They bought into the philosophy and approach of our management of wanting to develop and improve through coaching, which often took people out of their comfort zones. But it’s worked and the results show you that!”

Khera added “As a coach, you can never stop learning. Having used Soccer Coach Weekly this year and seen the results, I would recommend it to any coach or manager wanting to improve their own abilities and, ultimately, the performance of your team!”

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