Half-term: A chance to take stock
October 31, 2011 Leave a comment
When we returned to training at the end of August I’d decided that I’d put my focus in to helping to develop the players technique and comfort on the ball whilst ensuring any session I put on was both fun, engaging and relevant. There’s also a desire on my part to experiment and try different sessions to see what works & what doesn’t – the risk is always that you feel the session wasn’t a particularly good one but I feel a trial & error approach is important to a developing coach.
So, to summarise some of the areas I’ve covered so far this season:
- 1v1 – providing players with lots of opportunities to try to beat a player, understanding what does/doesn’t work
- Unopposed skills practice – allowing players to try new tricks & skills in a no-pressure situation (could range from a heel-flick to a step-over or simple turn)
- SSGs – 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4 and a range of variants in between (1v2 etc). Allowing players just to play in these situations but sometimes stepping in to reward a player’s ability to beat another with a trick, or a team who score a goal having ensured each player passed it.
- Dribbling & Turning – using different feet & using different parts of the foot to turn (inside step, outside of foot, sole of foot)
- Ensure I plan sessions which cover key points whilst being engaging, fun and relevant
- Using resources (Blogs, Twitter, Academy visits & other coaches etc) to develop my understanding of what good coaching looks like and to provide ideas for sessions
- Review sessions to learn from both the positives & negatives