SMART COACHING

Sporting Futures

WORKING WITH THE GRAIN OF THE BRAIN

GUY CLAXTON
AND
JOHN ALLPRESS

Nobody was ever taught how to play football. No coach can make anyone into a great footballer. No amount of practice will work unless the will and the awareness are there. You can take a horse to water but you cannot make it drink; and you can take kids to training, but you cannot make them learn. Learning is something they do. Coaching is one of many support mechanisms for learning. Coaching is only smart when it is based on the best of what we know about learning.

TIME is of the essence for young footballers especially those hoping to become professional players. If teaching and coaching don’t engage young footballers’ learning energy, as coaches you are wasting your time and more important theirs. It’s no use saying ‘Well, I taught them’ or ‘I’ve shown them a dozen…

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