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Catalan FA setting up in Dublin

Dec 15, 14 Catalan FA setting up in Dublin

Posted by in PodCast

Last week I caught up with Albert Vinas (Catalan FA), Colum Barron (Director/Head coach) & David Berber (Director of Operations) and we spoke about their Catalan Elite Football Academy opening 2015. – End I always like to hear your opinions. Please comment below or email me info@thecoachdiary.com, if you don’t have...

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What’s really important is getting better, NOT WINNING!

Dec 12, 14 What’s really important is getting better, NOT WINNING!

Posted by in The Coach Diary

Let’s be honest a child would rather get better at what they are doing, than focus on winning all the time. Winning is not really that important. Here are some of the things that aren’t really important and winning is one of them: Being “better” then someone else on your team, is NOT REALLY...

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The Abusive Coach

Dec 06, 14 The Abusive Coach

Posted by in Child Protection

When coaches cross the line into physical or verbal abuse, they negatively affect players’ abilities to develop through sports. Parents have a right to know who they are leaving their kid(s) with. They also have a right to step in if they feel their child is not longer in a safe place. If your child is in an emotionally...

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COACH TALK: Christian McAuley

Dec 01, 14 COACH TALK: Christian McAuley

Posted by in Coach Talk

This week I spoke with Christian McAuley grassroots coach at Newbridge town. TCD: How did you get into coaching? CM: Like many coaches I got in to coaching because of my son. I wanted to give him the best football education and set about researching player development. Although I played football for 25+ years I soon found out how...

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What is PLAY?

Dec 01, 14 What is PLAY?

Posted by in Irish Grassroots Football

One thing I’ve learnt over the last number of years is that all children learn at different stages. Some children are ready for school and other are not. Some are ready to play in an organised coaching structure and others are not. One thing will never change, – all children develop at different stages and we must not...

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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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