Category Archives for Coaching

Get Goal-side

The lads have recently learned the benefits of pressuring as opposed to diving in on defence. Our next training block is be focused on ensuring our defenders are aware of players behind them at the throw in and in general play.  Goal-side is the widely used term to describe a position between the player you’re defending […]

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Preparing for the 2019-20 Season

The next 6 months is sure to fly by and we’ve recently met with senior club members to discuss what to expect next season.  There’s a lot more time commitment required as well as fees and travel compared to what we’ve encountered so far so it’s important that we do what we can to prepare.  We have […]

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Attacking and Defending

We’ve spent the last 3-4 weeks on putting the lads in positions where they cannot avoid the need to use their weaker side and become aware of the benefits of improving it. This next coaching block will help them make the most of their new abilities and exploit any deficiencies in their opponents. Using Team-mates and […]

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Becoming Two Sided

We have some exceptionally talented footballers in our squad but even the most “able” are running around the ball so they can kick it with their stronger foot. This is not uncommon among young players (or older) but I personally feel that ignoring the obvious is irresponsible. Learning to kick with your weaker side is not […]

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Bishops Cleeve Colts U8’s Rovers Team Announcement

In this post we’re excited to announce the teams for our first Gloucestershire Football League  (GFL) Tournaments on the 15th and 22nd of September.  We were forced to decide on who’d play in each of our two teams before the 20th of August.  Read on to learn who’s in each team and what influenced selections. How We […]

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Rovers Session Plans September 2018

Two of our September practices will be swapped for tournament days so this session plan is likely to be used for just our first two and final practice of  September.  It’d be good to have the lads throwing the ball in correctly at this tournament and there’s still plenty of potential for improvement for long […]

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Participation vs Winning

 If i was a parent, not a parent/coach, I’d want to know the philosophy around participation vs winning which my coach held.  I’ll discuss my thought’s on the importance of participation, how success is key to improving participation and where winning fits in to the mix. It’s a touchy subject so please read through the whole article […]

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Teaching Football Tactics to U7 Boys in Season 1

It was plainly obvious that we had a squad full of boys who had yet to play a season of club football. Looking across at Adam’s squad, many of whom had started with him back when they were just 4 or 5 years old, I wondered if all the teams we’d play would be this strong.  The […]

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Playing Positions in 5 v 5

5 v 5 is a fantastic game for our lads to learn and develop confidence in football.  Read about our approach to roles and positions in 5 v 5 football.Positions vs RolesThere is a temptation to allocate each player a position such as attacker or defender, even right back and left but at this age my […]

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Substitutions

We’re expecting to have a good sized bench for most matches this season so we thought you might like to know how we plan on using them.  Read how we plan to make the most of this advantage and manage player expectations of playing time. The Numbers AdvantageThe 2018 Bishops Cleeve Annual Tournament showed us how […]

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