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The Future Of Learning

Oct 27, 14 The Future Of Learning

Posted by in Irish Grassroots Football, Psychology

What is going to be the future of learning? Could you imagine a future where kids didn’t go to school, read books and learn to write! The way we teach is changing. This is an inspiring talk by Dr. Sugata Mitra, towards the middle of the talk he refers to the threat of learning and refers to neuroscience studies about the...

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COACHTALK: Johnny McKinstry

Oct 20, 14 COACHTALK: Johnny McKinstry

Posted by in Coach Talk

Johnny is qualified at the highest level in Europe and America, holding  an Academy Managers’ Licence (English FA); Premier Diploma (NSCAA); and UEFA ‘A’ Coaching Licence (IFA) as well as a range of other academic and professional qualifications. He was Head Coach of the Sierra Leone National Men’s...

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He was hoping to put 17 goals (u11s) past the opposition!

Oct 14, 14 He was hoping to put 17 goals (u11s) past the opposition!

Posted by in Irish Grassroots Football

Whilst tonight was absolutely fantastic for both the Republic and the North, our game at Grassroots level is still a long way away from being perfect. I received this email yesterday from a fellow coach. Start> I frequently go on your site to check out what is happening around the country regarding schoolboy soccer etc. I saw...

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El Rondo

Oct 13, 14 El Rondo

Posted by in Irish Grassroots Football

I first heard of the meaning of ‘Rondo’ back in 2011, when Albert Benagies (Former head of Youth Development) came to Ireland with two FC Barcelona coaches. They put on two magnificent days of coaching for over 300 coaches. It was unbelievable experience to get that close to the Barca ethos & philosophy (particularly...

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The Real problem with Irish football…….. @MiguelDelaney

Oct 10, 14 The Real problem with Irish football…….. @MiguelDelaney

Posted by in Irish Grassroots Football

Miguel Delaney writes a great piece on the problems within Irish Youth Football and the disconnect between the FAI (Football Association of Ireland) and SFAI (Schoolboy Football Association of Ireland). For anyone reading this from outside of Ireland, basically the SFAI run schoolboy football in our country and the Schoolboy clubs...

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I got more inspiration from ‘Silent Sideline Weekend!’

Oct 06, 14 I got more inspiration from ‘Silent Sideline Weekend!’

Posted by in Irish Grassroots Football

The Silent Sideline Weekend inspired me to let my daughter play on her own. If the basis of the weekend was to let kids play without constant adult instruction, then why was I allowing my daughter to be instructed. This weekend has taught her and I that she doesn’t need to go to an organised Gymnastics to learn...

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Silent Sideline Weekend: October 04 & 05th

Sep 28, 14 Silent Sideline Weekend: October 04 & 05th

Posted by in Campaign, Silent Sideline

Very often in kid’s sports adults, parents and coaches become overly vocal in their approach to working with young athletes. However well intentioned some of them may be, the results are not always positive. With a Silent Sideline Weekend, the coaches, parents and spectators are asked to keep talking to a bare minimum on the...

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Coach the Parent: What to expect!

Sep 25, 14 Coach the Parent: What to expect!

Posted by in Irish Grassroots Football

One thing I’ve learnt about coaching kids is to keep parents informed on team rules but don’t get too close it may backfire at some stage. Believe it or not 99% of parents are workable and don’t get involved. To make things work for you, training the parents early on sets the standard going forward. The parents...

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