#LoveForSirBobby 2 years on

Today is 2 years since Sir Bobby Robson passed away and he will never be forgotten.

Yesterday on Twitter everyone started to change their avatars to a picture of Sir Bobby. I done the same, and have been watching the DVDs I have of him and videos on YouTube. He was a brilliant man, a football man and loved by all fans of the game.

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Passing – Teamwork

For an interview for a coaching job last week I had to make sure the topic of the session related to employment. I decided to go for Passing and relate it to Teamwork and Communication skills. All of these are very important in the work place as well as on the football pitch.

I tried to keep the session as simple as possible, splitting the group into 3 teams from the very start. Each team is given a ball and have to make as many passes as possible using all of the space.

Then gave them a challenge of beating the number of passes the other team can make. See who can get the most, whilst keeping good quality and using the entire area (to stop a static triangle occurring).

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Types of Practice

A small part of the FA Youth Module 2 takes a look at the types of practice used in football sessions. It also asks a question about saving the more game like practice until the end. Why do we have to wait until the very end of the session to start playing a more match like practice?

Well the answer to that after the module 2 course is, we don’t have to wait. We can always start with the game like situation and then go back to a more constant or variable practice. Nothing wrong with seeing what the players do naturally before coaching them to improve, and if that means we have to go back to a more basic practice containing a lot of repetitive then that’s fair enough.

Constant Practice

Practicing an isolated technique in constant conditions – example, passing over the same distance and angles. Predictable, unopposed or very limited pressure. Narrow focus but a good feeling of success. Massive focus on good technique, lots of touches and repetition of the same movement. Only downside is that not enough movement of directions, lack of angles and realism to the game. But still a good practice to help good technique.

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The Coaching Pathway

The coaching pathway has so many different options and strands now to help coaches really focus on what type of coaching interests them the most. Really specialising in the areas they feel they know the best.

If you are new to coaching this who model of the pathways in coaching might look a little daunting, but it basically just shows the different routes you can take. The newest strand being the redevelopment of the age appropriate courses in the form of the FA Youth Award/Youth Modules.

I still feel as though before the level 1 coaching award, an assistant coaching award should be introduced, anyone else have any thoughts on this? Mainly thinking back to when I first done my level one and was thrown in at the deep end coaching an under 8 boys team at grassroots level, I was a bit confused on what exactly I should have done with them. With the structure of the grassroots game, I did not have a more senior coach with the team helping me out. It was just done by the parents before I came in. However, that experience has helped me in the long run when it comes to my coaching.

I have been doing it for about 5 and a half years now, since doing the level 1 course while I was studying at University. I am now working up two different parts of the pathway. The main strand and the age appropriate strand. I have been interested in doing some of the specialized courses, but the availability and time to do them has not yet worked out.

The FA Youth Award – Module 1 & Module 2

The FA Youth Award is still in its first couple of years. With three different modules making up the Youth Award, if you decide to then be accessed for it. In March and June/July of this year I started the Youth Award by taking the module 1 and module 2 parts of the course.

The format of the courses are so different from anything that the FA has done before. They are very interactive and involve a lot of debates about the world of football coaching. I was lucky and had fantastic people on both of the courses, a lot of the people on module two had been on the same module one course as well. Which I think made it an even better experience, due to everyone being comfortable with each other before the course even started.

Both courses overlap as we go back to things discussed and learnt from module 1 on the module 2 course. As it’s all about building up the sessions and different ways you can do topics which you have probably coached for years. Also trying to move everyone away from the “stop, stand still” method. The focus being more on the players, whether that be as the whole group or individually.

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