• The Curious Case of Hatem Ben Arfa

    It has been almost six years (I actually cannot believe it is that long ago) since Hatem Ben Arfa joined Newcastle on a season long loan from Marseille, for the 2010/11 season. A player who had plenty of good and bad press surrounding him. Good in terms of his ability and bad towards his attitude. […]

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  • Euro 2016 – England 26 Man Squad

    Today the 26 man England squad ahead of the European Championship was named meaning that three of those players will not be making the final squad! Most of the players were more than expected in all honesty.

  • Relegation – Newcastle United

    Failing to beat Aston Villa last week backfired for Newcastle as Sunderland went on to beat Everton on Wednesday night. That ended the Premier League run in what has been truly deserved after an awful season! Even with that though it was still very disappointing  to have it hit home on Wednesday that we will […]

  • FA Regional Talent Clubs

    On Friday 29th April it was announced who had been successful in the new restructure to the Elite girls game. Replacing the Centre of Excellence set up is the new Regional Talent Clubs. The main difference is that now it is tiered (very much like the boys Academy system). The license is subject to Sport England […]

  • 118 Sessions!

    118 Session Plans The session plans were all used over two seasons of working with the Under 11 age group. Adapted for a smaller number of players if any were not available for training, so please feel free to use and adapt anything you see! As I am sure a lot of them were sessions I […]

  • Workshop – A Head for Talent

      This was the second workshop in a series of four around Talent, specifically designed for The FA Girls Centre of Excellence coaches. This was therefore a mix between Sports Coach UK and The FA staff. The first workshop focused on ‘What is Talent?’ with plenty of debates around what each person saw as talent […]

  • Things I’ve done since the London Marathon!

    Since the truly incredible experience of completing my first ever Marathon I have since done quite a lot of run related things! New Running Trainers! The first was to buy some new running trainers, as mine had clocked up a lovely 311 miles (just in running, not counting the many walking miles on cool downs […]

  • My First Marathon – London 2016

    On Sunday I managed to complete my first ever Marathon I have done the Great North Run five times but this was double the distance and therefore double the test. My panic and nerves kicked in a full week before the race and I was being physically sick. Not ideal preparation for running 26.2 miles […]

  • Jonjo Shelvey is the perfect midfielder for Newcastle!

    A very positive signing and a midfielder with everything we have been missing since Yohan Cabaye left. I know that might be a very big assumption to make but we did shell out £12m for Shelvey. A few seasons ago I would not have been happy about this but after watching him play for Swansea […]

  • 2015/16 Season: Newcastle 2-1 West Ham

    Following on from the 3-3 draw against Manchester United on Tuesday it was a quick turnaround and back to St James Park for another match, which believe it or not was a 3pm Saturday kick off. It’s nice to know that those matches still actually exist. It’s been quite a long time since I have […]