New (dates) Coerver Coaching Academies & Workshops

Coerver Coaching are opening new Training Academies and running their coaching workshops around Leinster and Munster. For further information email Stuart for Leinster and Jason for Munster.



TUESDAYS – Blackrock, Dundalk

  • 4-6 year olds @ 4-5pm
  • 7-14 year olds @ 5-6pm

Navan 6-14 year olds



  • 4-6 year olds @ 4-5pm
  • 7-14 year olds@ 5-6pm

THURSDAYS – Celbridge 

  • 6-14 year olds @ 5-7pm

FRIDAYS – Spawell, Templeogue

  • 6-14 year olds @ 7-8pm

Also Blanchardstown starting March 2015


  • March 8th Coerver introduction Cert (3HRS)
  • July 11the/12the Coerver Diploma Course

For additional information or to book email Stuart at

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Coerver Coaching, the world’s no1 skills teaching method


Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma – Limerick 

Coerver® Coaching is the worlds leading football education brand, endorsed and recommended by the top federations, associations, legends/experts of the game, club teams and corporations. Inspired by the teachings of Wiel Coerver and created in 1984 by Alfred Galustian and Chelsea great, Charlie Cooke.

“As part of our commitment to soccer development in Munster, I am delighted to confirm Limerick as a chosen venue for Coerver ‘s 2015 Youth Diploma Program, and welcome Scott back to Ireland to deliver the course.

Jason Brown, Coerver Coaching Munster Technical Director.

Coerver’s Youth Diploma Course is the foundation course of our coach education pathway. The course runs for 12 hours (9:30 to 4:30 each day) and is delivered by Scott Wright, Stoke City FC & Coerver UK Director.
The curriculum has been developed over the last 30 years and is designed specifically to compliment existing Football Federation coaching pathways

pieDay 1
Coerver Approach (theory)
Warm Up & Speed (practical)
Coerver Curriculum (theory)
Change of Direction (practical)

Day 2
Coerver Session Planning (theory)
Group Play (practical)
Tips to be a Better Coach (theory)
Model Coerver Session (practical)

The purpose of the Youth Diploma is to help you, whether you are a professional academy coach, senior , junior ,youth coach, teacher or parent to plan & deliver more effective youth coaching sessions .As delivered to many Professional Clubs & organisations including Real Madrid, Man City, Stoke City, Benfica, Sevilla, Werder Bremen

For further details and to book your place online


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Coaching Clinics Coerver

New Coerver Coaching Munster Dates

Coerver Youth Diploma Courses to be held in Munster this summer.

Carrick United AFC

  • Location: Carrick United AFC, Carrick On Suir
  • Dates: June 21st & June 22nd
  • Delivered by Austin Speight
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Cost: per coach is €229 which includes Coursework & 5 DVD Box Set (RRP €69.99)

Blarney United

  • Location: Blarney United FC, Cork
  • Dates: August 9th & 10th
  • Delivered by Scott Wright
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Cost: per coach is €229 which includes Coursework & 5 DVD Box Set (RRP €69.99)

Note: As these are the first Diploma’s to be held in Munster, they have received several confirmations along with significant interest already so they strongly advise you to book your places ASAP. Places at both venues will be limited, so bookings will only be reserved on receipt of payment.

To book online and for further information about the course and the Coerver staff delivering the courses go to Coerver Coaching Munster

Course Overview

The purpose of the Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma is to give attendees, whether you are a professional academy coach, junior coach, teacher or parent a greater understanding of how to plan & deliver more effective coaching sessions.

This will be made possible by learning to use the New Coerver® Coaching Session Planner which will provide a quick & easy solution for all attendees who would like to construct weekly, monthly or even season long programmes using proven, high quality drills & games from Coerver® Coaching, “The Worlds’s Number 1 Soccer Skills Teaching Method”.

Coaches – What you get

  1. Drills and games developed over our 30 year history, that you can use to build sessions for many seasons using the NEW Coerver® Coaching Session Planner.
  2. The secrets Coerver® Coaching have used over the last 30 years to establish themselves as “The World’s Number One Soccer Skills Teaching Method”
  3. Essential tips on how to improve your coaching & make your sessions more effective

The Coerver ® Coaching Youth Diploma is a 2-day course that has been broken down into 4 modules that will be presented through lecture presentations & practical demonstrations:

  • Module 1 – The Coerver® Approach To Coaching
  • Module 2 – The Coerver® Curriculum
  • Module 3 – Coerver® Session Planning for your Season
  • Module 4 – Coerver® Tips To Be A Better Coach

Youth Diploma Attendee Quotes

Jose Morais, First Team Coach – Real Madrid CF

“These last two days on the Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma course certainly made me a better coach, I have been a fan of Coerver® for many years”.

 Carl Lander, Assistant Head Teacher – St Aubyns School, Essex

“The foundations of great teaching have always been championed by Coerver® who have taken football and created a system by which any child, through hard work and good teaching can master the basic ball skills, that then lead onto their application in skilful play. We are passionate about our football and the belief that we must develop our players to be the best they can be. The Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma Course has just made this whole job so much easier.”

David Connolly, Southampton FC Striker

“I enjoyed the Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma course immensely, I feel the course did show me some variations on familiar themes and I enjoyed how both Alf and Scott presented the course”.

Mark Williams, Grassroots Coach – Birmingham

“I thought the Youth Diploma course was excellent, Coerver® is the building block on which all football should be taught. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it has really encouraged me to want to become a better coach”.

Richard Beale, Reserve Team Manager – Birmingham City FC

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma course, and would recommend that all coaches working with young players should attend”.

Contact: If you need further information contact or Call 087 689 1327


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Coerver Coaching Munster & Cork SL


Coerver Coaching Munster started a trial programme last year looking at the SSG structure. Together with clubs from Cork Schoolboys League we took 7v7 & 5v5 games and we introduced some basic rules and tried various interventions with the aim to give the kids the best possible experience whilst offering a structure to aid the players development.

How it worked: 

We take 8 squads of 10 players and they play a number of matches between each other for approx. 90 mins. The results and feedback has been very positive and as coaches we have at times had to go against our better judgement and take the feedback from the players.

Results so far, what the kids said’

In essence they want the game to be a similar to what they see on TV, so they wanted the larger 16 x 7 goals and 7v7. So we took away the smaller goals and 5v5 pitch’s and developed rules to encourage teams to play soccer.

  • Strictly no coaching, but encouragement for both teams is allowed
  • All parents, coaches & players are brought together at the start and told this and the reasons why.
  • The vast majority of the kids stated that they liked it when no one was shouting at them, and to be fair to the coaches once they understood the format they used the breaks very well to make clear concise communication rather than commentating for the whole game.
  • The ref (coerver’s own coaches) may at times offer advice during the game, this will tend to be initially at the breakdown when the goalkeeper is trying to play the ball out.

The rules and interventions provide structure as expected in a full size game but will ensure that the scoreline remains respectable and all players have full inclusion and a fun time. After this weekend over 60 teams will have played and we have not had one flash point and have seen an improvement in how the kids perform in the games.

To date with has been worked with Under 9 & Under 10 with Under 8’s this week, will be interested to see how they work with the structure…

Keep up the good work coaches & let the kids play !!


Cork Schoolboy League


I really positive and combined forward thinking initiative by Coaching Coaching Munster and Cork Schoolboy League. Fantastic work and great to see School Leagues working with other organisations and sharing ideas.

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Coerver Development

John Collins keen to bring foreign skill to Scots By Barry Anderson

SITTING at a wind-swept five-a-side complex in Edinburgh, John Collins’ passion for proper youth development is fiercer than any gale outside.

Scotland’s national team is slipping worryingly down the FIFA rankings and recruiting Collins indicates how the SFA aims to address declining standards. One of the country’s most gifted footballers will coach international youth squads from under-15 level upwards and is eager to make a difference.

Collins played in the Champions League semi-finals with Monaco, scored a World Cup goal for Scotland against Brazil and managed Hibs to their only recent trophy success in the 2007 League Cup final. Yet he becomes incandescent when discussing the kids whose footballing progress is stalling all across Scotland. He wants them coached properly on all aspects of the game, hence his appointment to assist the SFA’s new National Youth Teams coach, Scot Gemmill.

As Scotsmen, we already have a great fighting spirit. It’s in the blood, we always give everything,” he continued. “The Scottish player always has that never-say-die attitude, but that’s not enough

“It’s not a full-time role, I’ll be coming in and out,” said Collins, speaking exclusively to the Evening News. “I spoke to Mark Wotte (SFA performance director) a few weeks ago and he asked me if I’d be interested in getting involved and I said I would. Hopefully it will be good for the SFA and good for the kids.

“I’ll enjoy it because I enjoy coaching full-time professionals, whether it’s 30-year-olds, 20-year-olds or young kids. You can make more impact long-term with kids and, as a nation, we’ve got to get working harder with our kids morning, noon and night to develop technical football players.”

That much has been heard many times before. Collins offers something few others can – an insight into football at the very top level; the good habits picked up amongst the Monte Carlo millionaires and the technical ability that takes players to the Champions League’s latter stages. In Scotland, those issues and many others have been ignored for too long. It’s time to learn, and the younger the better.

“We’re not good enough at these things and that’s where we’ve fallen behind in the last 20 years. If we can combine the technical aspects with the natural Scottish spirit, hopefully we’ll get to where we should be – qualifying for tournaments and playing entertaining football”

“As Scotsmen, we already have a great fighting spirit. It’s in the blood, we always give everything,” he continued. “The Scottish player always has that never-say-die attitude, but that’s not enough. We need the technique and a philosophy that, when we go on the pitch, we want to control the opposition and the ball.

“The way to control the opposition is if you have skill, technique and coaching giving the right message that you’re going out to pass, to move and to entertain. Football is entertainment. The bottom line is, if we want to catch the top nations in the world, we’ve got to work on technical development. I don’t want to talk about other coaches the way it’s going. All I’ll say is we need to focus on skill, movement, passing, receiving.

“We’re not good enough at these things and that’s where we’ve fallen behind in the last 20 years. If we can combine the technical aspects with the natural Scottish spirit, hopefully we’ll get to where we should be – qualifying for tournaments and playing entertaining football.

“Young kids at development age are growing in every way. Their muscles are growing, their brains are growing, they’re absorbing information. If you get into good habits as a youngster, they stay with you for life. The younger you can get at them and work on the right aspects of football, the better they will develop.

“We all want to see our communities full of fit and active children. In recent years, that’s fallen. Technology is a big reason for it, as are processed foods. We need more healthy eating and healthy lifestyles. As adults, it’s our responsibility to make things better for younger generations. We all have a responsibility – everybody involved in sport and the government as well. It takes money and hard work and there are initiatives started to get more facilities. I would like kids to do more PE at school. I think that’s the starting block.”

Maradona V belgiumSince his late teens, Collins’ footballing philosophy has been shaped heavily by the globally respected Coerver coaching programme. It celebrates its 21st anniversary in Scotland this year, but is endorsed by worldwide luminaries like Spain’s World Cup-winning coach Vicente Del Bosque and the Argentinian legend Ossie Ardiles. Its focus on individual skills development played a crucial part in Collins’ own development as a player.

“I was 18 and playing at Hibs. Coerver came to Easter Road and did a demonstration on the pitch with their best Dutch kids. I was sponsored by Adidas at the time and they asked me to participate and I thought ‘wow, these kids have incredible balance and skill’. A few months later I went out to a Coerver camp in Lake Placid in America and joined in for a week. I got to know the people who own Coerver, Alfred Galustian and Charlie Cook. Basically, from the first time I saw their coaching, I saw their results with the kids, the balance, co-ordination and two-footed players. I thought, ‘that’s for me’. It’s everything I believe in, everything I believe a footballer should have.”

“Whenever I had a spare minute or got a ball before a warm-up, I was always doing my Coerver work – fast feet, quick touches, change direction, Cruyff turns, stepovers. There’s no doubt it helped me. Although I would have been an even better player if I’d discovered Coerver at seven or eight years of age’


Scotland’s Under-15s, Under-16s and Under-17s can expect to be coached in the same manner now that Collins is involved. “I’ll use Coerver with the Scotland teams, 100 per cent. It’s all part of developing young players because you’ve got to have the tools. If you’re a tradesman, you can’t do your job unless you have a toolbox. Football is the same. You can’t be a football player unless you’ve got the tools. The tools of a football player are: being two-footed, good balance, co-ordination, tempo and a good first touch. That’s all Coerver works on, the important aspects of the game.

“Part of being able to enjoy football is mastering that little white thing. Until you can master it – right foot, left foot, turning, twisting, passing, receiving – you aren’t going to enjoy it. I’ve had my career, but whenever I’ve had an opportunity to promote Coerver, I’ve done it. To this day, I’m still as passionate about it. I love coaching it and I love seeing kids doing it. I can watch a game of football in Edinburgh and spot a kid who’s been doing Coerver sessions for years because he has the balance and co-ordination.

“It’s not the be-all-and-end-all because to be a top player you need other attributes as well. You need to be brave and have good endurance and fitness. But Coerver gives much more than just skill. You’re working your calves with sharp movement, and if the session is done intensively then you’re working your cardio as well. It’s something, as you can tell, that I really love.”

The wind begins to pick up outside, yet it is no distraction when Collins is in full flow. He gives the impression he would happily sit all day and chat about improving Scottish kids and how best to coach them. For him, a key word is “ambition”. Players should never settle for the ability they have and should always strive to improve as individuals. Collins explains how Coerver’s philosophy helped him become a better footballer.

“Too often, at 18 or 19, we already think we’re the finished article,” he lamented. “Players say, ‘I’m a professional now, I’m full-time, I’ve got my contract, that’s it. I just need to train every day like everybody else is and I’ll be okay. I’ve always been of the mindset that you can always get better, right up until the day you retire. If you’re on that training pitch doing the right things, then technically you should be improving every single month. Age doesn’t affect skill, it affects physical strength and speed.

“Whenever I had a spare minute or got a ball before a warm-up, I was always doing my Coerver work – fast feet, quick touches, change direction, Cruyff turns, stepovers. There’s no doubt it helped me. Although I would have been an even better player if I’d discovered Coerver at seven or eight years of age.

“The country which has taken on Coerver the most in the last 20 years is Japan. Coerver is all over Japan. Alfred Galustian (Coerver co-founder) works in Japan for four months every year coaching their coaches. The secret to covering lots of kids is concentrate on their coaches. I think their professional leagues have something like 300 kids who have been through the Coerver system since they were tots.

“Anybody who doesn’t know Coerver properly will say it’s all about tricks, it’s a circus. People who mention the word ‘tricks’ doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Coerver isn’t about tricks. It’s about moves, knocking the opponent off balance. Stepover one way, change balance and bang, you’re away the other way. It is moves to create space on the pitch to let you deliver a pass, a cross or go through one on one to score a goal. Thirty yards from goal you need to be able to create space to cut open a packed defence. Most goals are created by a bit of magic and I think Coerver teaches kids the magic.”

The youngsters currently in the Scotland youth squads will now be introduced to that magic as John Collins seeks to do his bit to arrest the country’s footballing decay.

Focus on skill

COERVER coaching is a global football coaching programme inspired by the late Dutch manager Wiel Coerver.

It teaches football skills for all ages, but specifically for young players aged between five and 16 years old.

The programme focuses on individual skills development and small group play and ultimately aims to improve the technique of its participants.

Coerver is designed to develop skilled, confident and creative players; make the game fun to practice and play; teach good sportsmanship and respect for all; value winning but not more than character and performance as well as provide a safe and educational experience that meets top practice criteria.

The Coerver company was established in the late 1970s and is owned by Alfred Galustian and the former Chelsea player Charlie Cooke.

It is endorsed by football clubs and international federations across the world and celebrates its 21st anniversary in Scotland in late August this year. The French Football Federation, Football Federation of Australia, the Chinese Football Association, the Japanese Football Association, Bayern Munich, Newcastle United and Arsenal all back the programme.

The first kid to come through the Coerver coaching programme and reach the World Cup finals was the Dutch international winger Bolo Zenden in 1998.

Published on 24/04/2013 12:00

Edinburgh Evening News

Dublin Workshop 

Coerver are running a workshop in Dublin on 18 and 19th May you can find out more here Coerver Workshop Dublin

Academies Coerver

Coerver Coaching Irish Academy player on trial at Atletico Madrid

Press Release:

Dublin soccer player, Sean Quinn from Tallaght has been invited by Spanish Giants Atletico Madrid to spend a week training at the La Liga club with a view to signing him if he impresses.

Sean, 14, plays his soccer in Dublin for Lucan United and has been involved with Coerver Coaching, attending our Performance Academy at Wayside South Dublin & coached by Coerver head coach in South Dublin, Andy Rice.

Coerver Diploma

Sean was invited by Coerver Coaching to attend the recent Coerver Youth Diploma at the NDSL, Coolock to play in some of the coaching sessions. The course which ran for 2 days was attended by coaches from all over Europe. (A course I attended and saw Sean train)

The Tutors on the course Chelsea legend and Coerver Coaching co-founder, Charlie Cooke and Ireland Director Coerver Coaching, Austin Speight, were very impressed with the high standard of the Coerver group of players playing in the sessions, particularly Sean.

They were not the only ones!! Atletico Madrid was represented on the course and their staff immediately spoke with Austin to try and arrange Sean to come to Madrid.

After meeting Sean`s parents and discussing the prospect of traveling to Madrid, all was agreed and Sean is there in Madrid this week with his Father and Coerver Ireland director Austin Speight.

Sean will train each day at the club with U14-16 academy squads and play in some games for the club to assess him fully.

Picture attached – Sean with Chelsea legend and Coerver Coaching co Founder Charlie Cooke.

If you require any further information you can call or email Austin Speight

Tel: 086 796 9974

Information on Coerver Coaching-

TCD: It’s great to see Irish boys getting a chance in Spain and long may it continue! Best of Luck Sean from all at thecoachdiary.