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  • On the virtual touchline

    Published 14/05/20, by Ali Dugdale

    Creating a virtual sports programme to replace the daily sports training and weekly matches enjoyed by the boys was a bit of a challenge, I have to admit. It was important to devise ways for all the boys to keep active, to maintain their physical and mental health. Not knowing how much space might be available at home was a consideration, of course, and with several people trying to work from home at the same time, physical activity would need to be carefully programmed.  

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  • On the touchline

    Published 20/11/19, by Ali Dugdale

    The ISFA (Independent Schools FA) sent a letter to all member schools over the summer. It’s concerned about the impact of the professional, televised game on player and coach conduct.  

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  • On the touchline

    Published 18/10/19, by Ali Dugdale

    It’s been a cracking half-term of soccer. Since September, boys and their coaches have been engaged in practice and enjoying school fixtures.  

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  • On the touchline

    Published 27/09/19, by Rhian Little

    Andrew Short, Head of Sport writes...

    The FA Youth Development Review discusses the attitudes of adults watching soccer. Don’t worry, it’s not just parents who get some flak, but coaches too, especially those who give constant instruction from the touchline. A major part of the FA Review concerned the attitudes of adults coaching or watching children’s football. There is concern about coaches who feel it necessary to give constant instruction from the touchline, rather than permitting young players to develop a love for the game, experiment, and learn from their own mistakes. Too often the result of matches and competitions is far more important to the adults than to the children, who play the game for fun and enjoyment. 

    As long as remember to keep the players' enjoyment at the centre and encourage experimentation that allows learning from mistakes, we will end up with more skilful players who love the game.

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