Tonight is a crucial night in the Championship run in. Southampton have led the table for most of the season and tonight they face Reading who have put together a fantastic run to left them into 2nd place behind their south coast rivals by a goal difference of -6.
Over the years I have seen too many football games for kids ruined by parents who are supporting their kids in the wrong way. Football coaches and youth football teams provide such a great environment for our children to learn, grow and develop however parenting classes aren’t available specifically to tell us how to be great football mums and dads.
In 2012 Success In Football will launch a specialist development programme for ex professional players with an interest in a career in mental coaching in football.
Over recent months I have had more questions and queries than ever before from the coaches and parents of young players at grassroots football clubs. It is becoming increasingly difficult so respond to every email, facebook message and tweet, even though I do try to. or the next three months I am creating the opportunity for those of you who have queries about the development of young players, how to engage them, or even simply how to be the best footballing parent possible to ask your questions live and direct on specially arranged conference calls.
‘How Not To Screw Up Your Childs Football Career Before It Has Even Started’ will be available to buy and download in early June. We are already receiving orders and media enquiries despite the fact that we have done no official marketing.
At long last I am almost ready to publish this parent’s guide. Through all of the work I do in the professional game, through all of the magazine articles for the likes of Four Four Two and The Manager, this is perhaps the most important yet!
An interview with top strength and conditioning coach Nick Grantham on The Power of Language..
I was reminded of the biggest pressure in football when working with a group of players last week. You might think it’s the fans, the manager, the board, the league table or some other random outside influence.
I am lucky enough to have the opporunity to spend time with some outstanding people in sports world. Over recent months I have been training with Nick Granthamm a top strength and conditioning coach with international experience in football, athletics, rugby and much more. In fact these days Nick spends much of his time developing other S&C coaches to help them to get great results with their clients.
The message is simple. If you want to protect and progress our national game, it is time for wholesale reform. The plight of Portsmouth has brought to the wider public eye the issues that have been prevalent throughout the professional and semi professional game for several years. Whatever the public message from the clubs, much of the game is poorly led and operating on a short term false economy.