Our Coaching Philosophy will always provide direction and purpose to the coaching of children.
Develop all players across all four corner’s of the Football Associations LTPD model.
Improve the player’s movement skills: “ABCs'”
a.) Agility
b.) Balance
c.) Co-Ordination
d.) Speed
provide age appropriate coaching
(6-8, 9-11, 12-14 yrs)
Increase players’ decision making capabilities.
Develop players’ technical skills.
Teach players life skills (Co-operation, Teamwork, Communication and Friendship).

ROLE OF THE MENTOR
Mentor

Listen to players, give advice and extend their thinking.
Motivator
Set appropriate challenges to inspire the players.
Friend
Make the environment welcoming and inclusive.
Facilitator
Allow players’ to enjoy playing the game.

COACHES BEHAVIOUR
Coaches are required to strictly follow the respect code of conduct at all times.
Players must be free to play during matches with positive encouragement from parents and coaches.
Patrolling the touchline giving continous shouted instructions must NOT happen.
Players be allowed to make mistakes and learn in the process, rather than being told they have done it wrongly.

PLAYERS DEVELOPMENT
A holistic approach based upon the FA’s FOUR CORNER MODEL for long term player development.
– TECHNICAL, PHYSICAL, SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL –

MANAGING BEHAVIOURS
Outline rights and responsibilities to players referring to the Clubs Code of Conducts.
Praise and reward good behaviour.
If needed to intervene, it will be done a calm and controlled manner.
As a Coach, remembering the only person’s behavoiur that controlled is yours, so set a good example.

GOOD COACH
Encourage players to try new skills.
Enthuses and motivates players.
Supports and inspires regular practice.
Encourage the children to be the best they can.
Prioritizes the unique ability of the child.
Puts the child’s needs and safety at the forefront of all activities.
Understands issues that impact upon giving player development.
Considers how children learn as well as issues of self-esteem ann not reaction.
Communicates using age appropriate language and instructions.
Fosters a life long love of the game.

QUALIFICATIONS
All our Coaches have the following minimum courses

  • FA Safeguarding Children Workshop.
  • FA Emergency Aid Workshop.
  • Enhanced FA CRB Checks.
  • FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football (within 1 year).

The FA requires everyone who works or volunteers in childrens football and regularly cares for, trains, supervises or is in sole charge children to apply for an FA ENHANCED DISCLOSURE.

DEVELOP BASIC TACTICAL UNDERSTANDING
Introduce the players to the 6 phases of the game:

Attacking when opponents are “in balance”.
Attacking when opponents are “out of balance”.
Defensive play whilst “in balance”.
Defensive play whilst “out of balance”.
The finishing phase.
Goalkeeping.