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Kids First - Update

I now have over 50 responses to the offer of financial support that I made recently, all of them from clubs and coaches who seem to really understand what it means to nurture talent. Sadly I cannot help each and every team or club that has asked to be...

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Kids First Football - Update

I recently made an offer to support a team with the right ethos financially as well as with training where needed. I have been surprised as to how few emails I have received with fewer than 50 people sending in requests for support. I honestly expected...

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Kids First Football

When my sons decided that they wanted to join a football team a few years back I signed them up to their local team. Over the last 3 or so years I have often been shocked with how kids, some as young as 6 or 7 years old, are treated. For every good coach...

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When Extrinsic Motivators Go Bad.

We all use external (extrinsic) motivators to get kids to do things. “If you do your homework you can have half an hour on you Xbox” “Tidy your room and we will go to beach this weekend.” As a temporary ‘fix’ external motivators are fine but the problem...

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Motivation : Peaks and Troughs

I asked the question “Can a kid be too motivated?” on Twitter recently and the general consensus was that no, it’s impossible to be ‘too motivated’. But I think that a player can go too far and a coach can create an environment where players are not in...

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Motivation and Youth Soccer

Before I go on and write about motivation I want to ask you a question. “Can you motivate me?” Be honest now what was your first thought, was it ‘yes’? Let us be clear on one thing, no person can motivate another to do something they don’t want to do....

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Football, opinions and what we read.

For most football fans the media is a place that offers hope and frustration in equal measure. The 24 hour rolling bullshit of Sky Sports News is something that seems to appeal more to kids now rather than grown ups with any common sense. A lot of the...

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If Jimmy Saville did football wishes

There are 13 Premier League games left this season and City are a meagre two points clear of United. Apparently the famous ‘squeaky bum time’ is about to start and it has to be said that City have struggled to find the fluidity of football they had early...

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