The other day, I, like most football fans, was toying with the idea of doing some football coaching. I mean, a player of my calibre will surely be able to offer a pool of knowledge, wisdom and motivation to children all over the country……..ok maybe not
Following my recent post on the National Football Centre, a serious issue is raised regarding the future development of English coaches. I would suggest that we have decent coaches and many young , enthusiastic coaches. I have observed them in Academies and club community schemes. I have also seen many cases of good practice at the grass roots level. Player centred coaches who crave further development but find the current system cumbersome and expensive.
The F.A. is of course bidding for a world cup and appears to have done a ‘U’ turn when they have had little interest since 2005. David Sheepshanks, has always been a supporter and the centre played a big part in his manifesto to become Chairman of the F.A. Time has seen Sir Trevor’s view change from skeptic to champion, he was not in favour when the project was mothballed. Having been one of the originators of the project and member of the National Football Centre Ltd Board and succeeding Howard Wilkinson as project leader I am of course delighted at this turnaround