Posted: August 16th 2015
In the early days of setting up TCSA...
I did absolutely EVERYTHING.
Lugging balls about, ordering kit. Paperwork, book-
keeping, accounts, marketing, registration you name
And of course..coaching, which is my main
Then of course, you realise there's no way you can
'do it on your own'.
There's not enough hours in the day for a start.
And you can't be in two places at once.
Working 'silly hours' can only go on so long before
it takes a toll on your health and your ability to do
your job properly.
If I wanted a different result, I need to CHANGE and
DO SOMETHING different.
I needed HELP.
Especially with the admin.
Paperwork aint my strong point that's for sure.
Always remember my Mother saying to my Father -
"he'll make a good Teacher but I think he'll struggle
with the paperwork" (Thanks Mam)
In fact, there's a lot of stuff I'm no good at. That's why
I need a TEAM around me.
Best thing I ever did was get PROPER help.
Lisa is a born Admin person. She's incredible. I could
never do what she does. She's a dream...
Because, although when I'm coaching I'm very detail
oriented. When it comes to 'off-the-field stuff' I'm very
Lisa is great at clearing up after me and making sure
all the little details are sorted, once I've set out what
we want and 'where we're going'
Over the last 4 years I've managed to create an
excellent team around me.
I brought Darren Vincent (The Maestro) in as a Senior
Then we added another Senior Coach, Huwy Lloyd.
Lloydy and Darren both have extensive experience
working at Professional Football Clubs developing
players who went on to play first team Football.
Both come from an Education background.
Darren with 20 years at Gower College Swansea as
a senior Psychology Lecturer...
And Loydy with the Welsh FA as a 'Coach Educator'
for many years.
We've got a top class strength and conditioning coach
who specialises in developing young players. His name
is James Prosser.
Added to my specialist area - developing CONFIDENCE,
FOCUS and a winning attitude...we have the complete
Thankfully, I realised EARLY ON that I couldn't do it all on my
own. I actually WANTED to create a platform for other Coaches
to shine as I felt that was what was missing in a lot of
cases in this country.
In Football, it's so easy to have a mindset of 'every man for
But you don't get anywhere like that.
Reminds of a lot of young, aspiring Footballers trying to
make their way in the game.
Trying to 'make it' on their own.
It's virtually impossible.
Even if you are 'lucky' enough to get into a Pro Club at a
young age. It does not guarantee you will get ALL the
support you need.
Because as I've said before...the clubs job is the set the
Bar where they want to set it.
It's not THEIR job to make sure YOU get over that bar...
If they find another player who 'clears the bar' quicker or
easier than you, they'll simply take THAT player and not
That's the reality.
But what if you could find someone outside the Pro Clubs
to help you over the bar...?
What if you could find someone who could help you with
EVERY aspect of your game...
From accelerating your ball skills and developing your
understanding of the game, your fitness to building your
CONFIDENCE so high that when you DO get a trial with
a Pro club you can walk in and look everyone in the eye
in that dressing room without flinching...
You feel like you BELONG.
You feel like you are more prepared than anyone there.
Because you've done the work in advance...
That's what our ADVANCED SMALL GROUP TRAINING
is ALL about.
Have a great weekend
PS - We're off to Whitchurch for an Under 10 Festival today.
Hopefully be back in time to watch the Swans!