April NVA Conference in Holland

Posted on May 16, 2012 by Bill Beswick



At the end of April I was in Amsterdam presenting to an enthusiastic audience of more than 60 coaches from all over Holland at a day long conference “Sport Psychology in Football” organised by the NVA (the Dutch Football Academy) www.nvacademie.nl  as a follow up from their December 2011 2nd National Football Symposium, (where I also contributed).

In the Amsterdam Arena, overlooking the atmospheric Ajax pitch, I led sessions on the power of attitude,  building a winning mentality with individual players & teams and the coach as psychologist; plus we did a lot of group work together and shared ideas and experiences.  

NVA were delighted with the turn out and  have had great feed-back:

“Delegates were very enthusiastic about your course, I received positive reactions the same day. We will definitely organize a follow-up meeting to this course.”

Vincent Van Driel, 
Operations Director, 
World Football Academy, Netherlands.

What makes Holland a great football coaching nation is having distinguished former players such as Marco van Basten and Patrick Kluivert in the audience as delegates – having the motivation to make the best transition possible from playing to coaching through attending courses like this in addition to taking formal coaching awards.

 I feel privileged to work in Holland, with FC Twente as Consultant Club Psychologist, contributing from time to time to the KNBV (Dutch Football Association) UEFA Pro License coaching award courses and now via invitations such as these from the Dutch Football Academy.  

Image courtesy of the World Football Academy, Netherlands


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