Newcastle United Women – History Makers!

Sunday 1st May 2022 a historic day for Newcastle United Women when they played at St James Park for the very first time. Everything about this event was truly exciting and the build up was really good to promote the history making event. I still I don’t really think though that anyone could have imagined just how utterly incredible it would turn out to be.

The attendance of 22,134 was out of this world!

A 4-0 victory was the icing on the cake with Katie Barker scoring the first goal to cement her place in history as the first female goalscorer at St James Park, wearing the number 9 shirt and bringing back a rather familiar celebration in the style of legend Alan Shearer.

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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 and The FA Funding as well as constantly meeting the criteria which is set.

It is very exciting to see how this will aid the development of Girls football further as the restructure and changes have changed the age groups back to U10s, U12s, U14s and U16s.

It is brilliant to see the North East have a Talent Club in each Tier, as well as three Clubs from the old North East regional in tier 1!

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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 had seen and then changed for the needs of the players 🙂

Workshop – A Head for Talent

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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 and if it was mainly nature or nurture.

This workshop which this blog is going to focus on is “A Head for Talent?” the following aspects were explored on the workshop:

  • The concept of mindset
  • Mindset and your athletes
  • Mindset and the talent environment
  • Mindset in your coaching

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