Since hanging up his boots over 20 years ago, Sir Trevor Brooking’s career has been more interesting and varied than your average ex-footballer. After leaving West Ham in 1984, the ex-England star tried his hand – with some success – as a manager, pundit, businessman and sports administrator.
He now holds an influential position at the Football Association as their Director of Football Development. It was in this capacity that he attended last weekend’s Tesco Cup, a junior football tournament bringing together the champions of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from the ages of 13 to 16.
After presenting the last of the awards to the victorious teams at the City of Manchester Stadium, Sir Trevor took time out to give Club Website his thoughts on the day’s event. “I think, more than anything, it’s an opportunity for youngsters from across the home nations to play in a tournament” he said.
“They’re getting to that age now when they have to deal with the competitive element of football. Some react to it well and others not so, but more than anything it’s about the fun and the enjoyment that you can see they all have. Experiencing the excitement, disappointment, ups and downs, this is what life’s going to be in the next few years for them.”
Sir Trevor also shared his thoughts on the some of the most important issues in grassroots football today, including the development of young players from mini soccer onwards – “If your technical skills aren’t there when you start playing 11 v 11, you’re never going to cope with the game” – and the toss up between winning and nurturing talent at a young age – “If you put too much emphasis on winning, the flair and skills that you want to bring through will get quashed.”
Club Website’s full interview with Sir Trevor will be published in the next edition of The Club House, our free monthly newsletter, which will be published in the first week of June.