Coaching Clinics

For the Diary: Coerver Diploma 2 & Michael Beale Liverpool FC

Two great events worth going to this month. First up Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma 2. I’m a big fan of isolated exercises, especially at the younger ages. I have seen huge benefits in repetition exercises with added input from the coach.

Coerver Youth Diploma 2 coach education course that will take place in DKIT Dundalk, on the Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th of March. It’s a two day workshop.

The course will be delivered by Coerver Coaching co-founder Alf Galustian

The Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma 2 course expands on the knowledge gained from the Youth Diploma 1 course with a focus on how to develop a team style through individual and small group skills teaching both in and out of possession.

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

  1. Module 1- The Coerver® Approach to Team Play (Theory) Developing the Coerver® Player “Code” (Practical).
  2. Module 2- The Coerver® Team Code – Box/Trap Defence (Theory) The Box/Trap Defence (Practical).
  3. Module 3- The Coerver® Team “Code” – The Box/Trap Attack (Theory) The Box/Trap Attack part 1 (Practical).
  4. Module 4- The Benefits of the Coerver® Team Style (Theory) The Box/Trap Attack Part 2 Finishing (Practical).

Youth Diploma 2 Course Instructor – Alfred Galustian and special guests over the weekend.

Alfred Galustian started his soccer career as a young player for Wimbledon. He is the Co-Founder and International Director of Coerver® Coaching, and has been largely responsible for building the program Globally.

To date Alfred has worked as a Coach Instructor with 17 national federations including the French, English, Japanese and Australian.

Alfred has also worked with over 50 top professional clubs including Bayern Munich FC, Manchester City FC, Real Madrid CF, Olympique Marseille, Arsenal FC and AC Milan.

During the 2010/11 Season Alfred was the Specialist Skills Coaching Advisor to the Premier League.

Alf was appointed Specialist Skills Advisor to the Premier LeagueTM during the 2010/11 season, assigned to help develop the next generation of Elite football coaches in this country, further endorsing his reputation for expertise in technical skills teaching.

Alf says of the course

“I am very happy to introduce our new Youth Diploma 2 course which is especially designed for coaches who have attended Youth Diploma 1. In this new course, we are going to focus on developing a team style; what skills individually and in small groups do players need? What do you teach them? How do you teach them?, not only the skills and tactics, but also the mental and attitude aspects” “During this course I’m going to share with attendees ,some of my personal experiences from working with some of the greatest clubs and federations in the world”.

“A particular focus of the course is to show you how to develop individual players that are multi-positional, both attackers and defenders, with all practices and games being adaptable to players of all ages and abilities”.

“We are really looking forward to delivering this new course and believe that our approach to developing a team style will be of great benefit to you, no matter the level you work at”.

Coaches Get:

  • 2-days of expert tuition from Coerver® Coaching Co-founder Alfred Galustian
  • Top Training facilities;
  • On-line access to the Youth Diploma 2 practical session video content;
  • Course Book resource full of drills and
  • Games for your sessions (64 page book);
  • Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma 2 Certificate of Attendance

Contact Stewart for more information or to register your place.

NDSL Coaches Workshop: 

Who: Michael Beale – Liverpool U21 manager 

When: Saturday 26th March – 1.00pm to 5pm.

Course details: Practical / theory workshop on how the Liverpool link academy through u21’s and into the  first team.

Michael is the current under 21 Liverpool Manager and he has written extensively on Player Development; having worked previously at Chelsea FC, he has written and designed many sessions on young players development through the small sided games. Michael is renowned for his excellent delivery of coaching sessions which can be applied across all age groups.  This event will be both Theory and Practical along with lots more information about Liverpool FC.

Interview with Michael Beale


  • The cost is €25 per person or Club Special 5 Coaches 100 Euro.
  • Tickets can be purchased in the NDSL Office prior the event
  • Pay on the – Easy Payments – system on NDSL Home Webpage under Michael Beale Event.

Contact Mitch Whitty @ 087 9513624.

Includes: 25 + practical sessions in the workshop. As always this is open to all leagues and coaches


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Coaching Clinics PodCast

Podcast 6: Coerver Coaching Diploma Weekend

In Podcast 6 I spend the day at the Coerver Coaching Diploma speaking with the course organisers, the coaches in attendance as well as the players involved in the exercises.




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Podcast 4: Austin Speight – International Director of Coerver Coaching

In Podcast 4, I spoke with Austin Speight about technical skills (ball mastery), working with Northern Ireland, Coaching badges and his experience as a coach and a manager working in England and abroad.


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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 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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Development Irish Grassroots Football

The Future of Youth Development in Irish Football

On Monday March 25th, 2013  in block F at Blanchardstown IT, I will be hosting a talk about the direction of youth football in Ireland.

The 4/5 main speakers will be talking about what they think is the future of Youth Development in Ireland and how we can learn from abroad.

Sponsored By Jako Sports – Leading the way in sportswear in Ireland

Mitch Whitty

Mitch Whitty

Mitch is the current NDSL Technical Director and has been in this position since 2010. Mitch was also the former FAI Emerging Talent Head Coach for the Dublin area. Mitch is one of the most forward thinking coaches working in Ireland and is highly regarded amongst his pers. He also works in a fulltime capacity with Dublin City Council as a Sports Development Officer and in 2000 became the first ever football in the Community officer with DCC, a role he had until 2006. Mitch was also a:

  • Former Director of Coaching Shamrock Rovers FC.
  • 2001 – 06 freelanced with Chelsea FC as their International Academy Head Coach. Worked with 5 International Teams in that period.
  • He holds an Irish and UK UEFA A License badge.
  • Runs the coaches club at the NDSL Academy

With 20 years coaching experiences at various levels, from Community Grassroots to Elite Development. Mitch has managed and coached in the League of Ireland, at Professional Academies, community clubs and with International Teams.

Austin in PolandAustin Speight 

Coached all over World for many national associations and professional clubs delivering coach education programs.He had a Professional club career in England from schoolboy to first team level and he worked with many young players who are now playing in Premier league and Internationally. He is currently the director of Coerver coaching.

  • Footballer at Stockport County, RAA La Louviere Belgium
  • Retired with injury at 25 and began coaching career.

‘Coerver Coaching is the best technical skills teaching method I have come across; even after 25 years it continues to evolve and excite’ Gerard Houllier

Coached at:

  • West Ham (92-95)
  • Stockport County (95-98)
  • Manchester City (98-99)
  • Blackburn Rovers (99-07)
  • Sponsored by Adidas (94-present)
  • Tutor English FA (02-Present)
  • Coaching Consultant to Uefa (09-present)
  • Director Coerver Coaching (07-present)

web: Coerver Coaching

DERMOT DDermot Dalton

Dermot is a full time Youth Development Specialist and Coach Mentor dedicated to promoting the Horst Wein  Optimal Youth Football Development Model, which is player-centred, age-appropriate and games-oriented whilst also emphasizing Game Intelligence  – Football that starts in the head and finishes with the feet!

  •  General Manager and Youth Development Specialist at The Beautiful Game
  • Youth Development Specialist at Bohemian FC
  • 7 years coaching experience at Portmarnock AFC and Malahide United FC
  • Fully trained in the Horst Wein Youth Football Development Model and the
  • Game Intelligence Approach to Coaching

‘Young players need a game of their own to play, not the adult 11-a-side game or even 7v7 at the wrong age. Being forced into the wrong competition games for their age-group creates many problems for young players’. Horst Wein

web: Beautiful Game

Michael Lynam

After spending over twenty-five years working with children and young adults in the juvenile justice system Michael completed a M.Sc. in Child Protection & Welfare in Trinity College Dublin in 2001.

In 2002 he was appointed National Children’s Officer and Designated Person for Child Protection with the FAI and during his time there produced the Code of Ethics & Good Practice for Children’s soccer and best practice guidelines for both coaches and parents. He also worked closely with the underage representative teams developing best practice Health & Safety policies for travelling squads

Michael also developed support and welfare services to elite players both here and in the UK and is currently in the process of establishing a best practice/child protection consultancy, support service which he intends launching in the near future.

Michael has also coached at schoolboy level with St Malachy’s F.C. in the DDSL with successes in both the Pepsi and FAI youth cups. He also attended one of the first residential coaching courses conducted in Ireland by Billy Young and Noel O’Reilly in Butlins in the early 70s.

Print PDF about event here Future of Youth Development in Irish Football

Another Speaker profile will be updated shortly.

Stand by: Pat Walker, Seamus Kelly




We will also have some great prices to give away on the night, so make sure you get there early.


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