A big thank you to all of the coaches/assistant coaches/managers from U9-U12 teams in the club who attended the Skill Training Certificate run recently at James Henty. The course meant three early starts on Sunday mornings and attendance was exceptional.

The course covered the Skill Training course content but also touched on the club's philosophy on youth development and playing style, which encourages effective possession of the ball and playing out from the back. The sessions provided an insight on how to provide training that systematically develops in our players the key football attributes of individual technique, ball skills and football intelligence.

During the three days of the course, coaches were given multiple opportunities to run sessions and get feedback on what they did well and where they could improve. The standard of sessions delivered improved markedly as the course progressed.

I look forward to seeing the positive impact that these coaches will have on all of the players in their respective teams.

Yours in football

Brad Walker

Course instructor and coach mentor