Posts by The Coach Diary
Paul has been at Manchester United for over 28 years as a Player & Coach.
National Coach Developer & Assistant National Youth team coach at the English FA (2017-21)Over 23 years at Manchester United, as a leader and valued team member of the Academy staff, he made a significant contribution to the development...
Geraint Davies is an Academy Lead Rugby Coach, here are his views on Children’s sport. 5 Brilliant and very simple ideas to implement!
I’ve spent the last 2 years watching my own children play Football, Rugby, Cricket & Tennis. Standing back watching them as a father is a very different experience to coaching,...
This is not the first time, I’ve posted about this and for many years now, I’ve always enjoyed the break away from coaching. Our Senior season started back in July 2021. I’m due to finish my UEFA A-License very soon (fingers crossed), just need to do 1 more assessment (all going well); for that reason I’m...
Is Sport about activity or competition?
I am a child psychotherapist and I must admit I have an ambivilant relationship with children’s sport. The reason for this is that I have borne witness to stories where sport was a life saver for some children. The structure, the camaraderie and the sense of belonging was achieved...
Horst Wein, first coach to be awarded the title of FIH Master Coach, was born in Hanover, Germany in 1941. In this post we share some of his teaching as we remember as one of the greatest Children coaches in hockey and football of all time.
Horst has majored in the ground-breaking concept of Game Intelligence, since...
An important issue requiring clarification is the difference between professional and developmental models of sport. Professional sport is a huge commercial enterprise, where the major objectives are directly linked to their status in the entertainment industry. The goals of professional sports are to entertain and to make money....
How to Optimize Your Practice with Motor Learning
Game skills are complexEvery time you do a skill in a game, regardless of sport, you have to read, plan, and do. We call this process the “total skill
It’s all about transferTransfer is the word motor learning scientists use to describe real learning. When...