Posted: August 03rd 2015

10 years ago, I was involved in starting up a

local senior league team in the Eastside.

One of the boys from Port Tennant, ‘Bunny’

signed for us.

After the ‘Duracell Bunny’ (he just kept on



One pre-season, word got round that ‘Bunny’

had not only signed for us, but 2 or 3 OTHER

Clubs in the Eastside.

The boys were calling him the ‘SERIAL-SIGNER’

He was ‘IN-DEMAND’.

And clearly couldn’t say NO! ha ha

Now for a player who is in his 20’s, that’s a funny


(Well at least I think so)

But for aspiring players it’s not so funny.

Lots of kids have more clubs than Jack Nicklaus

(or Tider Woods for our younger audience) these


Of course, variety can be good.

And I HIGHLY recommend seeing ‘what’s out there’.

Taking the time to decide what is the best

environment for your son to develop as a player

and as a person…

Could be one of the most important decisions you

make in his life (not just for his Football Career).

But to EXCEL as a player they need to put down

‘ROOTS’ in order to grow to their HIGHEST


Because playing for 3, 4 or 5 different teams and

the same number of coaches is doing them NO

FAVOURS in the long run.

Here’s why:

Mixed messages

Players need CONSISTENCY and continuity.

Variety is the spice of life but it’s over-rated

when it comes to development.

Alex Ferguson rubbishes it in his book,

‘Managing My Life’.

Repetition and Mastery of the fundamentals is

KEY to actual SUCCESS on the pitch.


Why spread your time across 3, 4 or 5 coaches

and ‘dilute’ the effects of each, when you could

spend 3, 4 or 5 sessions with the BEST out of

that bunch?

If helping your child meet his potential is your

goal, I urge you to find the absolute BEST

set of coaches in ONE KEY organization and

use them as your one and only BASE.

Otherwise, you’re like the tens of thousands of


“hedging their bets”

Cambridge Dictionary definition"

“to protect yourself against loss by supporting

 more than one possible result or both sides in

a competition”

The problem with ‘hedging your bets’ as an

aspiring young player is, it’s HIS career at


The competition is with HIMSELF and how

good he can be.

And whether he ‘lasts the distance’ will come

down to one simple question:

How much QUALITY time was he able to spend

with the best possible coaches?


That's what will determine whether you STAND

OUT FROM THE CROWD of thousands of

others trying (operative word) to make their

way in the game.

We have an Special Evening for our ‘Advanced-

Small-Group Training’ on Thursday 6pm at

Ashley Road, Swansea.

High Intensity, High-Quality Training with some

of the best Coaches in Wales (read here if you

want to question that)

We have already selected the players for these

Groups, which will be starting in September.

But one or two may drop out.

If you’d like to be added to the list of those who

will be ‘next in line’.

Hit ‘REPLY’, type ‘ADVANCED’ and click ‘SEND’.

(one of us will be in touch

Have a good one


PS – The Welsh Super Cup (where TCSA teams

performed with distinction over the weekend)

was an example of how well players can play

when they are IMMERSED in the influence of

quality coaching.

That's what these Advanced Small-Groups are