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.
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
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
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
That's what these Advanced Small-Groups are