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Five training exercises perfect for winter

Posted: February 28, 2018 by genesisv2

  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 […]

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Put your old kit to good use with KitAid

Posted: December 12, 2017 by Sam

What do you do with your old kit and equipment? A lot of the time it’s pushed to the back of a cupboard or storeroom where it sits gathering dust… until it’s time for a clear-out and it goes in the bin! Here at Genesis Teamwear, we donate old kit and accessories to KitAid, an […]

Winter training like a pro

Posted: October 12, 2017 by genesisv2

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 […]

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Pre-season: the role of the coach

Posted: July 12, 2017 by genesisv2

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 […]

Pre-season: counter-attacking football

Posted: by genesisv2

There’s an idea that football should always be played in a certain attack-minded and eye-catching fashion. It causes snobbery. But, as we’ve mentioned already, there’s no single way to win, as long as you’re putting the ball in the net. Counter-attacking football is one style to have that treatment down the years, partly due to it being a key part […]

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Pre-season: individual training

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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 […]

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Pre-season: training games

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Whatever level you’re coaching at, it’s easy to get carried away with the amount of drills and tactical exercises you’re training your players with. Of course, they’re essential parts of any pre-season, but you don’t want to bore your players. Enthusiasm shouldn’t be underestimated. That’s why your drills and more regimented exercises should sometimes give way to training games, exercises that […]

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Pre-season: shooting and finishing

Posted: by genesisv2

There’s no one way to play a football match in terms of style, but there’s only one way to win one; by scoring goals. It doesn’t matter what level you’re playing at, that’ll never change. So why is it something that’s taken for granted? Some players may have natural instinct in them, but there’s no reason why that can’t be coached. […]

Pre-season: possession

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The concept of possession has been around for decades and it’s certainly thought of fondly by many purists. In recent years possession football has focused on stretching defences in order to open up spaces and exploit opportunities. Yes, keeping possession is important, but having the intelligence to move into the right pockets of space and being able to identify vulnerable holes with quick […]

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Pre-season: fitness training

Posted: by genesisv2

Pre-season is, of course, the time of the footballing calendar that coaches put aside to help build up match and base fitness to get players ready for the upcoming season. Although it’s not as simple as getting players to go out for a run, fitness is a crucial part of pre-season. But its effectiveness is down to you. How you approach […]

Pre-season: creating and maintaining team identity

Posted: July 8, 2017 by genesisv2

From grass roots to the Premier League, every club can benefit from having a specific team identity because it acts as a collective target for the entire squad. If you succeed in making the desired identity your own, then as a team everyone knows exactly what they should be doing, how they should be doing […]

Pre-season: the importance of pressing

Posted: July 6, 2017 by genesisv2

Arguably the most fashionable defensive tactic in modern football is pressing. It’s a high-intensity approach which involves defenders hassling opponents and putting them under great pressure while they’re in possession. It then becomes a team-wide scheme as everyone buys into it, not just the defenders. Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City took pressing on board and made it one of the defining characteristics of […]