Pre-season: individual training

The reality of football, whether you’re coaching kids or professionals, is that some players are going to take longer to grasp certain things than others. It’s not  necessarily a question of work ethic either. This’ll likely be most notable with fitness, particularly at lower levels and grass roots, while there will also probably be those who need a little extra help in terms of technique and getting to grips with the team’s identity. It’s in these situations – when players struggle with certain areas –individual training is going to be most effective. Common problems teams face Building a team-wide understanding is vital in pre-season, but as fitness expert Raymond Verheijen states, there’s also a necessity for individual training to suit differing needs. He said: “The most important pre-season objective is players develop an understanding amongst themselves. As coach...

Winter training like a pro

Without all the resources of a Premier League club, mid-winter training can be a real slog. The cold, wet weather can lead to lack of motivation, cold muscles and increased chance of injury. So we’ve put together this list of five simple steps to keep team training effective over the next few months. 1: Get started straight away Keep ‘em moving. Keep ‘em motivated. Keep ‘em fit. On the worst and wettest days of winter, standing around waiting for the session to start will get your players cold quickly. As we said above, that can cause lack of motivation and increased likelihood of injury. Getting players doing some dynamic stretching exercises as soon as they arrive helps get muscles ready for the...

Five training exercises perfect for winter

Motivation to train can be very hard to come by in the cold, harsh winter months. Hat and gloves are necessities, daylight becomes scarce and that belly becomes one or two inches bigger after indulging in a little too much food over the festive period. However, it is essential to keep fitness levels high and to keep training so your team doesn’t falter and struggle towards the latter stages of the season. So we’ve compiled a list of exercises that are tailored for training in winter. ‘Catch me if you can’ Few players out there like running exercises, but there is no question that they are useful in developing fitness. This exercise involves four cones making up the corners of...

Pre-season: the role of the coach

In a way, understanding the role of the coach is quite simple. The coach is there to guide a group of players towards their target; whether that is to master a certain playing style, win the league or simply have fun playing football. But that’s the broadest possible way of looking at what a coach’s responsibilities are. Of course, to a certain extent it depends on what level you are coaching at. For example, a Premier League coach is likely to place more importance on winning than someone working at grassroots level. You may have an idea of what being a coach means to you, but generally there will be a few core aspects that you should be aware of, regardless of the level you work at. Respect For your players to truly take on board...