When coaching any age group you must have regular well planned training sessions which follow a consistent philosophy that focuses on develops players opposed to focusing on team play.
In this booklet Challenger has worked to provide a series of positive steps in being a coach as well as how to structure a session and example practices.
Documented in this player development booklet we will cover the following areas:
- 8 WEEKS OF TRAINING SESSION
- COACHING CODE OF CONDUCT
- STRUCTURE OF A SESSION
- PRACTICE SESSIONS
But just to let you know this is not only Challengers view on developing players it is shared by some of the top coaches from the UK.
Our aim is to develop the players technical at this young age so that when the move on to the next level they have no basic weaknesses”
Alan Boyd - Glasgow Rangers Football Club Youth Team Coach
"I feel at this age the key aspect to develop is technical ability”
Warwick Rimmer – Tranmere Football Club Head of Youth Development
During these young years we learn to do so much (reading, writing) and we also develop our own personal quirks, skills and mannerisms. We more often than not carry these through to our teens and even later life.
This is why the development of the player’s technique is the key aspect which we must strive to improve and develop.
With this it is crucial that when designing your coaching sessions they are set out to help familiarise the player with the ball and the basic skills of the game.
For each person to learn a skill and have it as an automatic response they must repeat the skill 5 thousand times!!!"
Greg Patterson – SFA Youth Development Officer