A very simple bit about me and why I’ve created this blog.

I’m a huge football fan and still continue to play the game, mainly on Sundays, and for a while I’ve been thinking about venturing in to coaching. I’m still aiming to play for a number of years yet, but I figure that now is the time (whilst in my late 20s) to start building and developing my coaching skills so that I can continue in the game when I finish playing.

I’m very keen, having witnessed numerous England failings at a national level, to do something about what I think are the fundamental problems with English players and I also have ambitions to head in to coaching and management at a senior level when I’ve hung my boots up.

I’ve created this blog to use as a journal of my experience which I hope will help others and in time, I hope to move in to discussing coaching in more detail and create a source of coaching tips, techniques and schedules.

I’ll detail what I think about the failings of English football and young player develpoment within my blog, but for now I shall leave this section as a brief summary of where I’m at and who I am.


7 Responses to About

  1. Spurros says:

    Simon, As mentioned in my first comment – we are in almost exactly the same position. I’m late twenties, have concerns about youth coaching in this country and was recently sparked into action when I realised that it’s easy to moan – but it’s much more constructive to do something about it.

    My initial research shocked me – both at how lacking England is in quality youth coaches, how far ahead many other countries are in both the quality and professional standing of youth coaching and perhaps most importantly, how unstructured the career development path is in this country.

    I’m looking a few years down the line and would very much like to make Youth Coaching a career. Love your job by doing what you love and all that.

  2. Hi Simon,

    I really like your ethos and the reasons for starting this journal is highly creditable. I wish you all the best (with the blog and with your Level 2)!

    Let me know if we can help in any way.

    Kind regards,

    Pavl Williams
    Better Football – Soccer Coaching Tips

  3. desigunner says:

    Thanks for dropping by Simon. It’s a nice co-incidence that even I’m in my late 20’s and just planning to get into football coaching. Only difference is that I’m in the US and here it’s called Soccer 😦 Will keep an eye on your posts. Wish you all the best.

  4. Gareth Smith says:

    Like the journal you’ve put together. Best wishes on your courese and your future coaching. Any support I can give please let me know and visit the website http://www.gs11.co.uk.

  5. Marie says:


    I am contacting you because I wanted to ask about a specific page on your website. There is a phrase you used that caught my attention because it covers a subject that is similar to what’s being covered on a website I’m currently working on.

    The page I was looking at is here:


    The subject that caught my attention was DISC assessment. I was wondering if you would be open to possibly adding a small link to a website that offers quite a bit of addtional information on this subject? In return I could maybe be a sponsor for that specific page by giving you a monetary donation.

    Please let me know if this is something that might be of interest to you. Whatever you decide, thanks for your time and I appreciate what you’ve done thus far on your website. Take care.



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