Congratulations to Charlie Hannon-Wheeler who has recently been accepted at the Blackburn Rover Academy for an initial period of one year. During this time his progress will be carefully monitored by the coaches who will ultimately decide his future.
As I turn my attention to the second camp of the year and hopefully look forward to Spring, I find myself reflecting on recent camps and the effort to coach and improve the thousands of youngsters I have had the pleasure to work with.
During our football camps, my team and I focus heavily on developing solid skills and techniques through challenging sessions – not just playing games. Many of our players develop personally building new relationships and developing confidence.
We asked players to describe their experiences, as guest bloggers. Here are a few of the things they told us.
In my last blog I spoke about putting the building blocks in place, and the importance of youngsters being taught correctly the basic skills of the game. In following these values, it’s encouraging to see young potential players at our local clubs Liverpool, Everton and Tranmere Rovers, being given their 1st team debuts at senior level.
People often ask me where I begin when it comes to developing young players; my answer is quite simple, youngsters have to be taught the basic skills first. These skills include passing, turning, beating, shooting all of which are necessary for them to enjoy and appreciate this wonderful game, as they grow older.