Irish Grassroots Football
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....
Youth Sport and COVID-19: Contextual, Methodological, and Practical Considerations
The unique circumstances surrounding COVID-19 offer an opportunity to reflect on existing youth sport provision. What defines a “real” sport? What are those key ingredients needed for sport to occur? Sport systems can often be resistant to...
“The more sports you can play from a younger age, the better” @offtheball @nathanmurf Stuart Lancaster on the ‘specialisation vs generalisation’ argument in underage sport #OTBFuture
The more sports you can play from a younger age, the better;They become more rounded;The best players players are the ones...
@RvN1776 Ruud Van Nistelrooy a few years ago talking to @OxfordUnion
Education is the most important thing;
The environment is pushing kids into that dream that hardly anyone makes;
They are tired of playing by 14/15;
Let kids be kids;
The best will grow & develop into the players they will...