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Mistakes are how they learn….

Nov 19, 14 Mistakes are how they learn….

Posted by in Irish Grassroots Football

Probably the most difficult part of coaching or parenting is knowing when to step in after a mistake or step away and say nothing. The other day I let my daughter cut some cheese with a very sharp knife……Well, she had already started before I noticed, so I let her finish and then I stepped in to show her were she...

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3 amazing facts on player development in Icelandic football

Nov 10, 14 3 amazing facts on player development in Icelandic football

Posted by in Football Associations

Siggi Eyjolfsson is the Ex technical director/coach education director, F.A. of Iceland from 2002-2014. He was also Iceland’s Womens national team head coach 2007-2013 and head coach at IBV in the men´s Icelandic top league in 2014. He holds a UEFA Pro licence coach from the English F.A. He writes great article of how...

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20 ways parents can help their children have a better sports experience

Nov 10, 14 20 ways parents can help their children have a better sports experience

Posted by in Irish Grassroots Football, Soccer Parents

As the seasons go by more and more parents are attending their child sports. Whether it be organised football or sports day in school, you can be sure parents will be there. Parents have a right to watch their children but they should also respect the fact that many people give up their spare time to help children succeed and stay...

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20 things I’ve learnt about working with children…

Nov 03, 14 20 things I’ve learnt about working with children…

Posted by in Coaching

Below is a list of 20 things I’ve learnt from coaching kids and how they learn. I could probably put down 100 more things but I feel these 20 are some of the most important things to remember when working with children. “Children need the freedom to play and learn on their own. Play is not a luxury. Play is a...

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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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