We win! Back to the drawing board…

It’s a common enough refrain from managers and coaches after a heavy defeat, or at the end of an unsuccessful season – we will have to go back to the drawing board/training ground, or (in the modern idiom) get back to our “processes”… Perfectly understandable, and certainly not wrong. But what to do when you […]

Shall we watch the ODI? Nah, let’s kick a football around the park

I was coaching on Wednesday night.  I managed to find regular excuses to return to the club, to collect another piece of kit and to sneak a look at the telly and to keep an eye on the score in the 4th ODI between England and New Zealand. We finished at 8, and with England needing another 150 in 20 […]

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 […]