EOTN Ambassador – Sunderland Half Marathon

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Having taken part in my first Sunderland City Half Marathon in 2017 I jumped at the opportunity to apply to become an Ambassador for the race.

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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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2014/15 Season: Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal

Sunderland were looking to bounce back after the 8-0 hammering by Southampton the week before, playing Arsenal was never going to be an easy task for the black cats. Arsenal could claim to be missing a massive nine first team players, but the starting line up was still very strong especially with Alexis Sanchez leading the line for the gunners.

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Sunderland 0 – 1 Newcastle

Only the second game of the Premiership season saw the Wear/Tyne Derby taking place. With Sunderland bringing in 10 new players and more players leaving St James Park than we have brought in, it was always going to be a strange game to guess the result of. Pre-match all kind of facts and stats were flying around including that we had scored against the Mackem’s the previous 22 games, and let’s face it they don’t manage to beat us very often. They seem to just crumble under the pressure, therefore we have a very good record at the Stadium of Light.

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2010/11 Season Review

First season back into Premier League (where we belong, I must add) and obviously at the start of the season we were very much tipped to go straight back down. We did not really make many signings or at least proven in the Premiership players. We brought in James Perch who became quite the scapegoat amongst the fans. Dan Gosling on a free transfer, but would be out until at least Christmas due to injury. Sol Campbell who was already clearly past his best, and would just cost us money. But then an exciting new player would be signed on loan (but then permanent in January) Hatem Ben Arfa who looked fantastic but suffered a horrible injury when he had his leg broken after a Nigel de Jong tackle. So those being the new players brought in not really much was placed on them. We had to rely on the team who done so well making the Championship look easy the year before. Not forgetting of course our signing and possibly player of the season Cheik Tiote.

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An Introduction

I graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2008 with a degree BSc(hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences. I have always played football from a young age, been a Newcastle United season ticket holder for 6 seasons now, sometimes attend Sunderland games and South Shields FC in the Northern League.

I began my coaching journey at the end of 2005 when I started my Level 1 football coaching course, finishing it early in 2006. I then started coaching an under 9 boys team.

In the summer of 2007 I went out to Greece for 10 weeks as a football coach at a holiday resort.

In 2007/2008 I also done some coaching for girls teams of all different ages, as the club I was with at the time had a very good set up for girls teams.

In 2008 after graduating I started the Level 2 football coaching course, moving to a different level in coaching. Learning different ways to put everything across to players.

In March 2009 I headed out to New Jersey in the USA working for The Sports Factory/TSF Academy. I was out there for 5 and a half months before returning to England. I was working with girls teams of all ages.

Upon returning to England I passed me Level 2 assessment and began Level 3/UEFA B course in 2010. I am currently completing all the pack work in a build up to getting my final assessment.

This blog will focus on the world of football coaching.

Henderson and Carroll doing the North East Proud!

It’s been a long time since Newcastle and Sunderland both had player’s in the England squad let alone team. But that changed this week when Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson both were called up to the full squad for the first time. They have both represented their country at youth levels and have had brilliant starts to the premiership season being key players for their respected hometown clubs.

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Why Sunderland beating Chelsea is great for football!

Sunderland went to Stamford Bridge yesterday with everything against them, no team had even scored at there this season, the last two games they played seen them conceded 13 goals, no one gave them a chance. Even die-hard Sunderland fans would have just hoped for a draw and taken it before the game kicked off. But as soon as the game kicked off it was all Sunderland, yes that’s right they really did take it to Chelsea and continued to do so throughout the game. I even have to give credit to Steve Bruce for actually having a positive approach to a game for a change, he’s usually so negative its unreal! But fair play to the team he set out yesterday, it worked very well for them.

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Newcastle 5 – 1 Sunderland

I spent the whole weekend in the build up to the Derby game feeling both nervous and excited. In all honesty I thought the game would be a draw after a very close and tight affair – but that could not be further from what happened! The lads went goal crazy and outplayed Sunderland all over the pitch!

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Derby Day: NUFC v SAFC

Well the first Derby day of the season is upon us tomorrow and with not having one last season with the Toon being in the Championship, it’s back . . . the Tyne/Wear derby! I have to admit that I am very excited and cannot wait to face Sunderland again at St James Park.

My best memory of being at a Derby game has to be Emre’s free kick to give us a 3-2 win!

Nothing is better than a win over your fierce local rivals! You get the bragging rights at work the next day! With being from South Shields – which has to be one of the most dangerous places to be on Derby Day due to the fact that it really is split 50/50 between NUFC and SAFC fans. Even my family is split between the two teams. The banter is usually brilliant!

HOWAY THE LADS! Let’s go for the 3 points tomorrow. I shall be in my seat in the Gallowgate end hoping for a “Emre free kick moment”.