Written by Nairn County FC December 2nd 2013

We are really pleased to report that our Team Manager Les Fridge is now a fully qualified B Licenced coach. To obtain this qualification is no mean feat. In addition to having to have previous coaching qualifications up to a high level there is much hard work and dedication needed to complete it. Here are some details to give you an indication of the content and skills garnered by qualifying. Theory: Key aspects related to the role of a football coach working with youth players. These are delivered via home based study tasks and Tutor delivered workshops. A philosophy of coaching A consideration of how players learn A study of both coaching styles and communication processes A detailed consideration of player analysis Utilising analysis data to prioritise player performance The psychological factors associated with player performance The influences related to the Four Corner Model and player development A consideration of the FA's LTPD Model The ability to plan appropriate coaching sessions Consideration of the key elements related to coaching session delivery The development of progressive coaching sessions Comprehensive coaching session evaluation and reflection Practical: The Practical elements of the course will provide the following: The principles of attacking: to include detailed consideration of attacking from wide and central areas, counter attacking, switching play and finishing The principles of defending: to include detailed consideration of defending effectively in wide/central areas, pressurising and defending when both organised and outnumbered Midfield play: to include support play for front players, possession in key areas and the use of width Counter Attacking and the ability to defend deep to attack quickly Goalkeeping: to include support for the defensive unit, the ability to deal with crosses, maintain possession momentum and the development of shot stopping Set plays: to include the effective organisation in defending and attacking from a selection of free kicks, corners and throw ins In addition, candidates will have the opportunity to undertake a minimum of two observed practical coaching sessions with their Tutor and receive feedback based on selected criteria. This will form the basis of an opportunity to deliver 20 hours of coaching in the candidate's work place, with their team, to apply the experience gained from the course of training. Robert Manson

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