#playingyourpart – what I won’t be taking from England’s DNA

A couple of pieces of coaching technique I won’t be pursuing, from the “England’s DNA: Playing your part” conference last Sunday. “NO, NO, NO – not like that” And (repeated several times during a practical session) – “go on, go on, you’re in…oh, you missed that one” “Trial-and-error” is a perfectly valid coaching methodology, but it has …

#playingyourpart – what I shall be “stealing” from England’s DNA

From the FA’s “England DNA: Playing your part” conference, I will be taking the focus on “social” skills, from their 4 Corners model. In particular, I shall be encouraging my players to take five minutes before a game or practice to work together to devise field settings and strategies.  If they don’t talk off the field, what chance …

England’s DNA – how the FA define their philosophy #playingyourpart

I spent last Sunday with a group of football coaches from the FA East region, finding out about the FA’s new initiative, “England’s DNA”. With presentations and coaching demonstrations on “who we are”, “the future player”, “how we coach”, “how we play” and “how we support”, the day offered both theoretical and practical guidance as to how …