Posted: October 07th 2015
Came home from training last night buzzin.
As usual we are seeing players improve…
Lovin their Football with TCSA.
But there was ANOTHER reason I was so
excited last night.
What happened then?
We had 4 boys trembling on the touchline
While they watched our Under 9-12 player
But I tell you what they ALL did it.
Let me explain…
In September, we started our ‘Young
Coaches Academy’ with 5 TCSA players
having the chance to gain coaching experience
with since September working with our
And modeling the coaching of Huw Lloyd,
Darren Vincent and some bloke called
(Not a bad opportunity given there is 65 years
+ experience from grass-roots to pro level b
between the 3 of them)
They started off being responsible for kit,
equipment, taking registers …
Then we gradually starting to do
hands on coaching.
Last night we threw ‘em in at the deep end.
And that’s when the trembling started.
We set the boys the challenge of getting
from one side of the pitch to the other…
And the ONLY way they could get across the
pitch was to STOP the session…
Get the players’ attention, and make a
That was their ‘ticket’ to the other side of the
When I say trembling.
We had one player biting his nails…
Another shaking his leg like Elvis.
And another one pacing around.
They were asking questions non-stop.
They KNEW what to do.
They were just SO NERVOUS.
But they ALL did it.
And for their first go, they did VERY well.
Here’s U13 player Louie Pelosi making a
coaching point to our U11 player Rory
Amazing progress in just
Just look at Louie’s open body, his use of body
Language through hand signals and gestures
And the attention that he has from Rory, just
two years younger than him.
Amazing progress in just one month.
The Young Coaches Academy has multiple
1. It helps our younger players to have older
players on-hand to encourage and support
them. they naturally look up to them
2. It helps the young coaches to understand
the game on a deeper level, which they can take
back into their own game
3. They are learning about planning, organisation,
communication, time-management and LOADS of
Overall, the boys level of personal responsibility is
going through the roof.
Like I said, I’m buzzin.
And so were the boys after they had ‘got to the
other side’ last night after completing their
Talk about RELIEF… ha ha
This would benefit ANY Football-Mad kid.
But there is a criteria for entry:
You need to be a TCSA inner Circle Member
If your son’s not already a Member you can sort that
You need to be in the Advanced Group