Posted: June 07th 2015
When I was 13, my mate Nicky and me
were sent to Swansea Schoolboys trials.
This was for the Under 15’s even
though we were only Under 14’s.
Our Teacher in charge of Football at
School, Byron Grey must have
thought it was worth a shot for us.
It was all last minute.
He told us on the day of the trials.
We walked down from Cefn Hengoed
School in Winch Wen to the Morfa pitches
on our own.
The pitches were where the Liberty
Stadium is now.
We got there.
Put our boots on and just played.
We had a great time.
It was an adventure.
No ‘Pep Talks’ needed from parents.
No nerves. Just excitement.
Just went out and PLAYED.
And we both PLAYED WELL.
Both got picked for the U15’s, a year above.
It’s a happy memory for me.
I just went out and did what I did best.
I was a play-maker.
Liked to get on the ball and make things
My game was making other people playing
I’d share the ball with everyone.
One and two touches.
So I was not a threat to the older boys.
They loved me because I would give
them the ball if they were in a good position.
And the game just flowed like that.
Getting it, giving it. Getting
it, giving it.
Talking, advising. Telling 'e where to go
It was me at my best…
Completely in the moment.
No thoughts of the consequences of
‘getting in’ or not.
I just PLAYED.
And LOVED it.
I just felt like a higher level of 'normal'.
Every day we would play for hours and
We wouldn’t get nervous playing in the
Yard at school.
I had all the basic skills in place.
All I could do was go out and offer the
best of what I had.
And that’s what I was able to do on that
Imagine if YOUR son could approach
trials that way…
A lot of kids in our country forget to
‘play’ in ‘big games’…
They forget their love for the game.
They forget that Football is their passion.
They let it become ‘work’
This reminds me of an observation made
by a British Fitness Coach called Roger
Roger spent many years working abroad
in countries like Brazil and Portugal.
In the UK we talk about ‘working hard’.
In Brazil he said they talk about ‘playing
Everything is ‘PLAY’ in Brazil.
If he's got a trial coming up this week. Just
Go and PLAY!
PS - Here's article I wrote a while back
called 'How To get Picked at Trials'