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What is a game model & how can I use it in the coaching process?

Game models, Playing models, Performance models, these terms have dominated the football & sports coaching world over the last couple of years. Every coach at the minute seems to have one, every coach seems to want one. But what actually are they? What is their purpose? “The GAME model is the overarching, planned, tactical/strategic approach […]

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Contextualising your practice – meeting the needs & expectations of the stakeholders in your context

For once! I’m ahead, thanks to lockdown 3 in England. Given me a lot of time to get on with the masters studies and get ahead! Something I don’t think I have ever done as a student! Anyway! with the bit of spare time gives me the chance to write another blog! I thought long […]

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Philosophies & Beliefs – Can they be blind us as coaches?

Philosophies & Beliefs, every sports coach has them, or will develop them at some point in their career. Its often one of the first things we are told, to start working towards or developing our own philosophies and beliefs from our knowledge and practice experience. The ‘importance’ of holding a philosophy has often been discussed […]

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Moving on from undergraduate – What to expect from a masters course?

You’re considering studying for a masters degree, Very exciting! So what should you expect? It’s a fantastic question, and probably one I’m in a great position to answer as a final year MSc Sports Coaching student. The question itself is quite broad, so let me break it down into 5 questions that I think every […]

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Technical Coaching – Should coaches follow a technical model/ framework/ guidelines when teaching sports-specific skills in skill acquisition?

It’s that time again! bit later in the month this time, busy busy busy at the minute with the masters, the management role at Centralians and the podcast, but finally have had an hour or two spare to write up some of my latest thoughts. So, anyone that knows me as a coach knows that […]

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Creating your game model – a step by step guide to create your own mental & performance model in your sport

So, the latest in my series of blogs concerns a topic that seems to be very trendy with coaches over social media at the moment, the ‘Game Model’. Since being introduced to what a game model is and creating my own, this model is quite simply something I cannot live without in coaching! My game […]

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Aligning your Coaching Decisions to your Goals – The Coaches Decision Making Process!

Its that time of the month again where I have a spare couple of hours from my busy schedule to share a couple of thoughts from my recent readings and university work. This month, I share some of my recent research and understandings of ‘The Coaches Decision Making Process’, that I recently explored in the […]

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Assessing the traditional coaching approach – the effect on player development & decision making

And were back! it has been a very busy last 8 weeks for me since my last blog post. 2 heavy filled masters assessments combined with continuing producing series 1 of The Sports Coaching Podcast has taken up all my time! My latest assessment was a presentation for a module entitled ‘optimising learning and development’. […]

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Deliberate play vs Deliberate practice – are fun games the best approach in youth development?

Been a couple of weeks since my last post. As many of you know I have been very pre-occupied recently getting my podcast up and running, as well as cracking on with some of my masters work, so I haven’t had a chance to get on with my blogging. So far, my blog posts have […]

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What is tactical periodization? – a brief introduction

Let’s think back to our younger days playing football. For many of us, the context would be junior football, yet a select few may have been lucky enough to play within an academy. All the same, what did the training sessions consist of? I often recall having a warm up to start the session (which […]

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