Do you know someone in your club who does more than what is expected? Someone who is there from start to finish and just does it for the love of the game? Someone who doesn’t ask for much at all but needs to be shown that they are appreciated?
Northern NSW Football provide some fantastic support and content for assisting coaches. one particular thing is their new Coach Headquarters page on their website.
Through the Coach Headquarters page you are able to source many types of skill and game based training techniques to better assist you in planning your training sessions.
Please click on the link below to take you to the Coach Headquarters page.
The following is an extract from the new Coach Headquarters page on NNSW Football's website.
Welcome to Coach HQ
Coaches can influence a participant’s enjoyment of the game more than anyone else.
They teach the skills, foster passion and lead like-minded lovers of football.
Whether taking on a local team or kicking-off a career, you can help shape the next generation.
Session Planning Tips for Players aged 5-13 years
A training session for these age groups should consist of 3 components: The Beginning, The Middle and The End.
The purpose of The Beginning (better known as the warm-up) is to introduce the skill focus of the session, get kids in the right frame of mind for the upcoming practices and activate their bodies. It’s unnecessary to run laps around the field to achieve a warm up.
Start simple and get the kids involved in football activities quickly.
The Middle practice builds on the Beginning practice by adding progression which now becomes more challenging. Lots of repetition in game realistic scenarios (running with the ball under pressure) Task based coaching.
The last part of the session is allocated for playing various small-sided games organised in a way that the designated core skill is used regularly. The players play, the coach observes if learning has taken place.
Arrive early to set up the area before the session starts.
Demonstrate quickly & give clear, short instructions.
Get it started quickly! (1-2 minutes) Don’t over explain and lose their attention.
Keep the players active and engaged, avoid having kids standing around.
Keep changing aspects of the game to keep the kids interested and challenged.
Be enthusiastic and kids lots of praise.
Use of questioning (So what could you do?) to give kids ownership of learning, rather than tell them what to do.
Have fun (both the kids and you)
Have a Plan B. Have more practices than you need so you can quickly go to one if the kids aren’t engaged in the ones you already had planned.
Players learn football by playing football. A good aim for a Community Coach is to give your players 100-200 touches of the ball during each and every session.