International Football Coach
To create globally minded athletes and leaders through football literacy
To challenge and inspire athletes to shape a better world
My Guiding Principle
To develop and challenge footballers to achieve success in all its diversity.
My Coaching Philosophy
My coaching philosophy embraces the development of the four corners of sport and a LTAD program in all its diversity. Success can be achieved through the following values:
Team, Self Confidence and Awareness: A shared identity and a true reflection of personal and team ability.
Positivity: A positive attribution to any situation. Players must be adaptable, flexible and independent, striving for new dimensions of performance, seeking new possibilities and aiming faster, higher and stronger. Athletes who have a positive attitude towards a problem-solving environment are key.
Dreams: The team must believe and have real commitment to a cause and not be driven by budget. They lead to results, not by results. They have the ‘will’ and the ‘way’ and understand the direction necessary to succeed by developing a strategy suitable for the teams’ and individuals’ needs.
Resilience: Players show perseverance. Understand what it is to be a team, self-motivated and not lose sight of the dream, values and morals, no matter how the situation changes. They embrace a -growth mindset, creativity, purpose, relationship and self/ team-care.
Discipline of People, Thought and Action: With the right players who can adapt, are flexible, motivated and have an expert understanding of their role, team and opposition, change is inevitable. Through the four corners of sport and a player-centered approach, success can be achieved. By embracing ownership in the pathway to success, will ensure investment for life-long learning and longevity in the player, team and club.
Football has been changing for some time. As we move into the 21 Century, it is very clear the game has changed in terms of playing, managing and coaching. It is being revolutionized by coaches such as Sir Alex, Mourinho and Guardiola, to name a few, seeking new methods and training strategies to achieve a competitive advantage. This revolution is being supported by a new generation of players, supported by innovation in technology.
Although, the game has changed, I believe the way it is being coached is not necessarily moving as fast. Most coaches I have worked with are struggling to come to terms with the digital age and the power it has to develop players technically, physically, and mentally, growing game understanding through various methods of analysis. I believe the driving force of today’s game is to develop within our team the following:
· A deeper understanding of the nature of the game
· A deeper understanding of how players think and learn
I believe this new understanding has major implications on how we coach football today and something Sir Alex Ferguson has recognized in his formula. I think he understands change – the transformation of what we coach and how we coach it.
From my experience, coaches who embrace this philosophy produce high quality players who collaborate as a team, bringing cohesion and innovation to the field. I also believe this is true for all levels from beginners to World Cup athletes. The six pillars for developing this strategy are:
· Coach with a learner-centered approach
· Coach with a holistic approach
· Coach football as an open skill sport and embrace the four corners of development
· Coach by adopting a game-based approach to training – TGFU and SSG
· Coach by embracing a range of media to enhance learning
· Coach with a open mind to new ideas, communicate, observe, innovate and collaborate
I believe coaches today have a choice – an alternative to traditional methods.