apologies for the lateness of this update but it’s been an extremely hectic month chock full of family commitments, work events and busy weekends. I’m pleased to have successfully negotiated it to be honest. It started with real gusto with me returning to St Georges Park for the second time in as many weeks this time for the Developing the Developers Course. This used to be titled the GTT – Generic Tutor Training course and is the pre-requisite course for anyone considering being a tutor with the FA or who wants to supplement any mentoring / tutoring skills they may have already.
The course has been updated recently and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was half expecting 3 days of tutor led, death by power point with limited interaction between attendees but it was in fact quite the opposite. We hardly sat down over the 3 days constantly engaged on activities which involved questioning techniques, presenting styles and relaying of information to try to cater for all needs of the learners present culminating finally in a 10 minute presentation to the group of a topic of our own choosing.
Those with a teaching background or who have completed something like PTTLS will be familiar with the ideas behind it but nevertheless I found it worthwhile and it is something you will have to do should you wish to tutor in some capacity with the FA. I’ve long had aspirations of doing so and felt that it would complement my mentoring activities. If you’re interested in finding out more, further details are available here:
Aside from other commitments coaching has been intense as always. One of the things I’m struggling with at the moment is the transfer of practice behaviour in to games. The boys are training well at present in large part to improved focus and all round “coachability”. Practices appear to be stimulating, challenging and the feedback from the boys is good. When it comes to games however everything they have learnt and displayed in training seems to go out of the window and they revert back to type, focusing only on the ball and not on all 4 things (ball, opposition, team mates, space). They are only 11 years old so they’re still extremely young but in an 80 minute game we’re seeing only 20 minutes of the boys playing to the best of their ability. I’m sure confidence is an issue due to results but I’m struggling to find answers to this conundrum. Any thoughts or opinions welcome!
Lastly one thing I must write about is the fulfilment of a childhood dream. The weekend before last I took my good lady away for the weekend to Madrid and somehow managed to convince her to accompany me around the Santiago Bernabeu. My second ever football shirt was a second hand early 1980’s Real shirt with Butragueno on the back so for me they have always been my second team.
I’ve long wanted to go and to finally wonder around the stadium on the self guided tour was very much a dream come true. Unfortunately it was the Classico away at Barca on the same day so I didn’t see a game but one day I will be back. The wife also loved the city, the shopping and the tapas so if you’re after a weekend away with your partner. Madrid is highly recommended!
April is also going to be a busy month and I’m keeping everything crossed for news regarding course places. I shall as always keep you posted!
Until next time, keep up the good work!