Posted: September 26th 2015
Friday night was film night again in our house.
(Watched it on TV too…with adverts in between
I was fighting to stay awake at the end…)
But WHAT a film.
You must have seen it, surely?
Wrongly imprisoned for the murder of his wife.
Sent to Shawshank to serve a LIFE sentence.
His fellow inmates see him as a weak man when
he first arrives at Shawshank. The man who would
become his best friend ‘Red’ (played by Morgan
Freeman) was betting against him surviving.
But he did more than survive…
He lived as a FREE man. Even in a prison.
And ultimately, escaped by outwitting
the evil Warden Norton.
It’s one of those films where you’re like…
GO ON MY SON.
Couldn’t help taking a few lessons from the
film for the aspiring Footballers to chew on
1. Don’t follow the crowd
Andy Dufrain wasn’t afraid to be different.
Everyone was telling him how to ‘get on’ in
prison but he refused to be institutionalised’.
He refused to accept his fate.
A lot of players ‘accept their fate’ in Football.
‘The chances of making it are slim’ they say.
Andy Dufrain’s attitude would have been
‘someone’ has to make it, so why not me?
2. Think LONG TERM
20 years it took Andy Dufrain to tunnel his way
out of Shawshank.
The journey of a player from grass-roots to
Pro Football is not quite as long. But will take
at least years of practice, maybe more…
And like Andy Dufrain, your son is gonna have
plenty of knockbacks along the way.
Just by ‘keeping at it’, he can go a long way.
Because most will give up without short term
3. Be FREE
The bit in Shawshank where Andy locks himself
in the Warden's office and blasts out the beautiful Italian
music to the whole prison…
He was FREE. And he showed everyone else how
to be free…
In their quest to ‘get somewhere’ in Football
a lot of players forget to ENJOY it.
And become imprisoned by their own goals.
The best players are FREE out on that pitch.
They express themselves.
4. Highly Developed skills
‘Get busy living, or get busy dying’
Andy Dufrain spent his time wisely in prison. And
this is where a lot of wannabe players go wrong. BIG
He already had skills and knowledge with money
that made him very valuable to the prison guards
and eventually the warden.
He had them queuing up to do his Tax Returns.
Your Football-Mad son can get clubs queuing
for him if he develops his SKILLS to a high enough
But most don’t do that.
They follow the CROWD.
They JOIN THE CUE trying to get into clubs and
neglect practicing the things that will elevate them.
They don’t realise the clubs will JOIN THE CUE
to sign them if they just GET GOOD ENOUGH.
How do you get ‘good enough’?
1. Get MORE training in with quality coaches
2. Develop skills that will help you STAND OUT
From the crowds of others trying to make their
way in the game
Best chance to do this is TCSA’s October ½ Term ‘Elite
17 hours of accelerated learning...with some of the best
coaches in the country
Enjoy your weekend...
It's a beautiful day in Swansea
PS - We teach something far more valuable than
'Soccer Skills' on our Elite Weeks...
REAL life skills.
Don't assume we do what a lot of others do...
Throw 'em a ball and let 'em get on with it and then
say 'Yeh they're developing character'
We take the boys through well-structured exercises
that build confidence, speaking and listening skills...
and a lot more...