Three Ways To Balance Coaching And Career

By Brad Nein | February 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

The standard day begins at 6 AM when Coach gets out of bed to begin the day. Helping his wife with two kids in the morning, grabbing breakfast for the road, and driving to school is always a rushed morning. In season, this is the only time besides weekends that Coach is able to interact…

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Baroness Brady CBE unveils West Ham United Foundation’s new all-weather pitch

By Kris Barnes | February 22, 2017

We were honoured to be invited to the official opening ceremony of the West Ham Foundation’s new all-weather 3G pitch yesterday. It was really great to see how funding from the Football Foundation (in conjunction with the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund) is being put to use to really deliver a fantastic facility…

Work of grassroots coaches must be recognised – Giggs

By Dan Pope | February 21, 2017

The work of grassroots football coaches must be recognised to keep the game moving forward, according to former Welsh international Ryan Giggs. The Manchester United legend dropped in at Fishguard Sports AFC to help launch the 2017 McDonald’s Community Awards, which celebrates the unsung heroes of grassroots football. Fishguard coach Matthew ‘Minty’ Lamb was named…

Are Your Players Suffering From Competitive Anxiety?

By Brian Mac | February 21, 2017

Brian Mackenzie examines why competition can cause athletes to react both physically (somatic) and mentally (cognitive) in a manner which can negatively affect their performance abilities. The major problem in competition is letting your mind work against you rather than for you. You must accept anxiety symptoms as part and parcel of the competition experience;…

Are Professional Football Clubs Scouting Kids The Wrong Way?

By Paul Kirton | February 20, 2017

“Anyone who tells you they can spot a professional player at five years old is basically lying,” says talent ID manager Nick Levett, an expert in the eight to 11-year-old age group and one of several FA appointments encouraging clubs to improve in this field.

5 Types of Parents at Sporting Events

By Stewart Coggin | February 16, 2017

If you’ve put in the hard hours supporting your children in sports, it’s more than likely you’ve encountered a number of parenting stereotypes during your time on the sidelines. Do the five below ring any bells? 1. The Pushy One Nothing their kid does is quite good enough. ‘Yes, you scored three one-on-ones, but what…

“Football has given me confidence again” – England captain Jack Rutter

By Dan Pope | February 14, 2017

Jack Rutter was a young footballer with the world at his feet when, aged 18 and just a month away from signing his first professional contract at Birmingham City, his life was turned upside down. In March 2009, on a night out with friends in Gloucester, a horrific, unprovoked assault left him with a fractured skull…

1, 2, 3 step: TACKLE!

By Dan Cottrell | February 13, 2017

How can you improve your rugby players’ tackling? Well, sometimes the question is more like, how can I get some of my players to tackle in the first place? There are three simple things you need to do: 1. Be patient. Some players will take time to become tacklers. 2. Build confidence through good technique.…

FA told to reform as MPs give vote of “no confidence”

By Dan Pope | February 10, 2017

The Football Association has been given a vote of “no confidence” in its ability to reform itself by a small number of MPs in the House of Commons. The backbench motion has no legal force, but MPs have warned that legislation will be introduced if the FA fails to reform in line with a new official…

5 Reasons Why Parents Should Not Instruct During Games

By Stewart Coggin | February 9, 2017

Parents want the best for their kids, but by constantly instructing them from the sidelines, they could be doing more harm than good. Here are five reasons why parents should leave the instructing to the coach. 1. It Inhibits Expression And Creativity In today’s world, it is hard enough for kids to just be themselves,…

Grassroots football facilities – FAW Trust calls on clubs

By Dan Pope | February 8, 2017

Grassroots football clubs in Wales struggling with poor facilities have been asked to come forward and share their concerns. The Football Association of Wales (FAW) Trust is seeking to engage with clubs, leagues and local councils to provide local support and they want to hear from you. “What we’re hearing from clubs is they’re finding significant increases in pitch…

Football Coaches – Be a Part of the Process, Not the Outcome

By David Garcia | February 7, 2017

“People never want to be a part of the process, but they want to be part of the outcome. The process is where you figure out who’s worth being a part of the outcome.”

FA reform – MPs to have ‘no confidence’ debate in House of Commons

By Dan Pope | February 6, 2017

The Football Association’s governance of the game will be debated in the House of Commons this week after MPs tabled a motion of no confidence in the governing body. The Culture, Media and Sport Committee secured the debate, which will take place on Thursday 9 February, after the FA failed to reform and modernise itself. The cross-party…