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Coaching Philosophy



Our clearly defined coaching philosophy provides direction, purpose and guidance to the process of coaching young players.

Coaching Philosophy Coaching Aims

Develop the whole player across all four corners of the Football Association’s LTPD model.

  • Improve the player’s movement skills: agility, balance, co-ordination and speed (ABCs).

  • Develop the player’s technical skills.

  • Increase the player’s decision-making capabilities.

  • Teach the player life skills (co-operation, teamwork, communication and friendship).

  • Make the game safe, fair and enjoyable.

  • Provide age-appropriate coaching (5-11, 12-18).

Coaching Philosophy Role of the Coach

  • Facilitator

Allow players to enjoy playing & fall in love with the game.

  • Mentor

Listen to players, give guidance and encourage them to think about their game.

  • Motivator

Set appropriate & achievable challenges to inspire the players.

  • Friend 

Make the environment welcoming and inclusive.

Coaching Philosophy A Good Coach will ...

  • Put the needs and the expectations of the children at the centre of all activities.

  • Understand & recognise that all children are individuals with differing abilities/aspirations/reasons for playing.

  • Encourage children to try and reach their potential and be the best they can be.

  • Motivate players through positive encouragement.

  • Allow and encourage children to try new things without fear of failure.

  • Support all players equally and inspire regular practice.

  • Understand issues (football & non-football) that impact on young player development.

  • Use age-appropriate language and actions when communicating with their players.

  • Understand that different children learn in different ways.

  • Consider the self esteem and motivation of their players.

  • Enhance the children’s long term love of the game.

  • Understand that children are not mini-adults and that developing football players is a long term process.

As a minimum, all managers at our club will undergo the following training courses:

  • The FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football

  • FA Emergency Aid

  • FA Safeguarding Children Workshop

  • FA Youth Award Module 1 (up to Under 11 only)


All our coaches have Enhanced FA DBS checks.


The FA requires everyone who works or volunteers in children’s football and regularly cares for, trains, supervises or is in sole charge of children to apply for a FA DBS Enhanced Disclosure.

  • Coaches are required to strictly follow the club’s Code of Conduct and the FA Respect Campaign.

  • Players must be free to play during matches, with only positive encouragement from coaches.

  • Information from the touchline should be kept to the minimum and delivered in the form of occasional questions from the coaching staff.

  • Patrolling the touchline giving continuous shouted instructions must not happen.

  • Players always try their best and will learn from their mistakes without being told they have done wrong.

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