In the same easily readable format, this new Handbook gives coaches, teachers and parents a compelling explanation of the ingredients that go to make the ideal supportive surroundings while youngsters are learning the game. Starting with ‘The Big Picture’ - a recognition of the importance of the right direction and purpose through leadership, it then covers how to best engage young players, moves onto building a programme and ends by dealing with game day and its aftermath of success or failure. It’s not text book stuff – it’s real practical experience I’ve gathered from coaching U-8 kids up to working with elite national teams and coaches. There’s hints, tips and stories - and I make no apologies for repeating key messages here and there to reinforce the essentials.
What would you like the subject of the next Handbook to be? If you are a youth coach, a parent helping out at the club or a teacher taking soccer classes on the school field – you can let me know what you would like help with - I’m open to offers on the next title.