Youth Development Phase Workshops

Support for Youth Development Phase Coaches

Best Practice Workshops for Young Player Development

We've staged two free Youth Development Phase Workshops, highlighting some of the headline principles of the ‘England DNA’ for ages 12-16.

Coaches from local grassroots youth clubs examined theory and practical elements for working with young players during the interactive sessions. Building on the success of previous 'Foundation Phase' workshops last year, the main focus was to highlight the importance of “knowing the people you coach”.

Chelmsford’s Broomfield FC hosted a workshop on Saturday 1st June, with a second at Frenford Clubs in Ilford on Wednesday 12th. Discussions also touched upon creating a positive environment for learning to take place. Coaches were then asked to design practices and share them with one another. Other subjects included:

* Rationale Behind the ‘What’, ‘Why’ and ‘How’
* Links to the FA ‘4-Corner Model’
* The Impact of Coaching Behaviour
* Developing a Positive Learning Environment

The England DNA is the start point for the creation of a world-class culture of elite player development which leads to winning England teams. Essex County FA Development Officer, James Ellis, believes it’s important to develop players in this Youth Phase.

“As players continue to progress through football, they can face challenges when transitioning into different formats of the game, he said. “We want to support coaches to create the best environment possible through these age groups and, in turn, develop their experience.”

Several clubs were represented over the two workshops, including: Frenford, Harlow Town, Great Danes, GFA Loughton, Tilbury, Little Oakley, Leyton Orient, Stanway Rovers, Broomfield, Springfield, Woodham Radars, Writtle Minors, Frinton & Walton.

We offer free CPD (Continuing Professional Development) events for all coaches. In August, FA Regional Coach Mentor Officer Graeme Carrick will bring key Youth Development Phase messages to life in further detail. Keep in touch with the latest events in the 'Coaches' menu above and by following @EssexCountyFA and @EssexCoaches on Twitter.

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