Category Archives: Ideas

Resource Drive

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Now I appreciate its not exactly a minority but I thought that I would add a source of material similar to alot of pages utilising google drive. If you have some excess information you want to add to the fold please get in touch and I can add.


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Another addition to the blog is a source of information for stretching, providing in depth choices addressing potential injury risks and action taken to prevent injuries through appropriate stretching. Please see here.


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Just a small post, adding some resources as part of the blog and one of the biggest concerns in football across the board is the lack of structure and procedure in relation to concussion. A physio that was at my previous club considered this source to be one of the most useful in terms of education for the sidelines. Please see the resources section of the blog to see what else is added to the blog.


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Just an idea, a few years ago I came across a couple of players that almost had an obsession with the F2 freestylers, couple of guys that have made some success out of some demos of some nice technical ability. The idea was that I was working with a younger group and to inspire I got an older player in to pick out a skill, offer a demo then allocate some time out of your training session for these younger players to practice this. This from a coaching perspective gives you the opportunity to observe the psychological aspect of your players, who can offer that extra determination in terms of getting better, who can be inspired and so on. If the idea pays off you should potentially see your group maybe trying those skills out on the pitch.

Professionalism is Key

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An interesting thought occurred recently, throughout my time as being a coach I often spent time thinking about certain aspects of conduct and so on, one that confused me the most is arguing with the referee. Not something I spend anytime doing as personally I feel that in this case you would lose the respect of the referee, also on a more superficial basis it isn’t like the referee is going to listen and decide to change his mind based on your argument. The decision is final and he will not be persuaded based on your argument. As the great Brian Clough once said “people forget the referee doesn’t have a slow motion eyeball”

Also other aspect in terms of applying professionalism is your conduct on match day.

Go and meet the opposition management, shake their hand and have a social conversation, ensure that your demeanor is positive and enthusiastic, I have found this attitude to earn respect and positive reputation for any future encounters.

During the match if the opposition have some injured personnel you may find yourself in a position where you have better supplies available to you, use them to help the opposition also. It is your job to be there for the well being of your players, and everyone else there. Again this will develop a positive reputation on yourself and to be honest I don’t find any of these demands strenuous, do you?

There can be occasions, and don’t get me wrong they are rare, where the opposition are highly disrespectful, where teams argue everything, generally do everything in their to breach the rules of sportsmanship. In this instance this is indeed not your problem, maintain high values and standards in terms of your attitude and conduct and it will earn you respect.

Gametime Idea

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You have 90 minutes training available to you

To start with complete your standard warm up, then emphasizing the point of interval training start the session with a small game, 15 minutes after stop the game for a breather, water intake and reshuffle the teams.

Maintains freshness and improves fitness.

Remember you have the opportunity to play with the idea.

First Aid Kit

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Below is a recommended list of stuff to bring to matchday for your first aid kit, ideally you should be looking for a student like person medically trained at some level, this is a key element to match day so if you bring such a thing into your budget for the season ensure you invest in some high quality contents.

  • Firstaid4sport Shoulder Bag x 1
  • Crepe Bandage 7.5cm x 4.5m x 1
  • Non Woven Triangular Bandage x 2
  • Non Woven Swabs 10 x 10cm (Pack of 5) x 1
  • CPR Guidance Leaflet x 1
  • Waterproof Plasters (10) x 2
  • Skin Closures 3mm x 75mm (5 strips) x 2
  • Microporous Tape 2.5cm x 5m x 1
  • Double Sided Non Adherent Dressing 10x10cm x 1
  • Medium Sterile Sports Dressing 12 x 12cm x 6
  • Eyepad Dressing Unboxed x 2
  • Flying Cross Wound Cleansing Wipe Alcohol Free (1) x 6
  • Eyewash Pod 20ml (Single) x 1
  • Instant Cold Pack x 2
  • Resuscitation Face Shield x 1
  • Safety Pins (6) x 1
  • First Aid Scissors Blunt/Blunt x 1
  • Foil Heat Blanket x 1
  • Nitrile Gloves Medium/Large (pair) x 3
  • Yellow Self Seal Disposable Bag (Single) x 1
  • Big Plaster 7.5 x 10cm Single x 4
  • Sports Muscle Rub x 1
  • Sock Tape x 1


Raymond Verheijen

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I have a massive recommendation for you, Raymond Verheijen is the pioneer of periodisation and he has published a book about it. Which is nice.

Get yourself a copy. Now.

Coerver Event

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Yesterday i attended an event called the coerver road show, basically a presentation and some practical expressions to demonstrate the essence behind the Coerver Coaching is a three hour event discussing and detailing everything about coaching, I had a blast.

Seriously though, the presentation is very technical. Alot goes into the idea behind it and the developed idea has evolved over a 30 period to where the concept is employed by a number of huge clubs including some federations. A very open minded business, plucking some ideas from other FA’s to fine tune their own approach. Anyone got some spare change lying around i would hugely recommend investing in getting the diploma, its something that will open your eyes and add a new dimension to your own coaching ability. Huge thanks to Joe and St Cadoc’s for letting me come along yesterday, a visual of some of the lads who had a great time.