The final two sessions of the NCYP & North Shields Juniors coach mentoring programme culminated in the Newcastle United Foundation/NFA Coach the coach event and practical sessions delivered by some of the participants attending our coach mentorining initiative.
The opportunity for our young North Shields players to observe and play in the excellent CPD Coaching event delivered by NUF football development manager Neil Winskill, and foundation coaches Lloyd Miller and Natalie Henderson, was not only a great experience, but one that underpinned and brought to life the distance learning and discussions we had over the course of the mentoring programme.
With over 130 local coaches observing the theoretical and practical aspects of the evening our students got a real feel for the importance of planning, preparing and delivery of high quality coaching, something they would all be aspiring to do in the not too distant future as they progress towards looking at various career opportunities within sport.
An introduction to the Coach the coach event and what will be covered in the practical element.
Having looked at planning, producing and the delivery of a “themed” session from technique, the skill and into small sided games (dribbling week 2) our students would get to see more of that type of coaching style plus the Whole-part-whole structured session.
Lloyd Miller takes our NS Under 11`s through the technical aspects of a dribbling and turning themed session into an opposed situation (the skill).
The whole-part-whole session was delivered by Natalie Henderson working with the NS Under 13/14`s with the emphasis on switching play, this worked very well with this age band as they went into a game situation from the start.
Delivered in a logical order the players reponded very well to a young female coach (a whole new experience for the vast majority of them) and could not fail to be impressed by Natalie`s excellent demonstrations and subject knowledge.
Natalie Henderson making a coaching point within the game situation.
The whole coaching event was a great success but to our young students it provided a very good example of two young coaches (both aged 22) on how to perform in front of 130 coaches with players they had never met. Seeing how it can be done gave our students added confidence in their own ability to achieve.
One of the big challenges throughout the mentoring programme was to get individuals to speak up in front of the group, creating the correct environment is the ultimate aim but it can take a few weeks.
Speaking to 130 coaches + players is not an easy task…but it does help if you know your subject message.
The following week I posed the question to our students “What messages did you take home from coach the coach!?” …they each took it in turns to write a brief piece of feedback on our Nobo sheet. (some found this pretty daunting)
Some very good answers, we were all learning together = success.
The distance learning task of the week was based around Small sided games, “what are they?” and “what benefits do they have for young players?”
Once again some very enlightened answers from the group, hopefully this knowledge can be transfered onto the training pitch.
A 2 v 2 Small side game ideal as the starting point to assist young players understanding the 3 moments…
3 Moments being, the individual player has possession of the ball, his/her team mate has possesion of the ball, the opposition have possession of the ball.
First practical was a possession based SSG, with the players understanding when to use the support players on the outside…
4 v 4`s are very intense and physically demanding..ensuring the players wil get fit playing in the game situations.
The group have been a credit to NSJAFC and their managers, working together with a great attitude throughout.
Both Male and female club members showing total respect..
Martyne Clark and Kane Wears showed immense confidence in delivering a linked session based around shooting and finishing, both were very nervous in front of their peer group but put on an excellent practice for everyone involved.
Martyne Clark explaining the aims and objectives of the technical aspect…
Hit the target…accuracy before power, keep your shots low…
Technique sorted..can we now perform the skill?….
Kane Wears works on creating space to create shooting opportunities…
Look to receive in an open body shape…where`s the support (those 3 moments again!)
I have to say the quality of the joint session delivered by Martyn and Kane was very good, reflecting on their sessions the following day they both knew which areas they can improve on……..which is what this initiative is all about.
Well done to everyone who took part in our first ever coach mentoring programme and I have to say they have exceeded all expectations….
A final quote from one of our young students Martyn Clark who has moved onto taking his FA Level 2 coaching certificate “The coach mentoring experience has gave me the confidence to progress, I have a much better understanding of the coaching formula”
Helping the next generation today….
Many thanks to Northumberland Clubs for young people for their invaluable support.
Any feedback as always much appreciated.