Guest Session by Scott Allison – St Mirren (SPL) – Developing an Attacking Style of Play.

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Scott Allison  – St Mirren (SPL) Academy

Scott Allison is a professional youth coach currently at Scottish Premier League side St Mirren FC.   He currently holds the UEFA B Licence, SFA Advanced Youth Licence (Level 5) and SFA Advanced Children’s Licence (Level 5).

Scott has previous experience at Glasgow Rangers FC, Livingston FC and Partick Thistle FC and has worked with every elite youth age group from U19 to U11.  He is also a former Scottish FA Senior Football Development Officer/ Coach Education Tutor and last played professionally in the Scottish 3rd Division with East Stirlingshire FC.   Scott believes in developing attractive, attacking, effective football and studies the traditional Dutch and Spanish styles of play.

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Guest Session by Willie McNab – Celtic FC Academy – Defending

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Willie McNab – Celtic FC Academy

Willie McNab is an Academy Coach and Youth Development officer at Celtic FC. Wille holds the UEFA ‘B’ License. You can follow willie on twitter: @williemcnab

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Guest Session by Jim Curtin – Philadelphia Union Academy – Positive (Forward) Passing

Jim Curtin – Philadelphia Union (MLS)

Jim Curtin is a former MLS veteran, he is now the  Philadelphia Union assistant coach and Union U18 academy coach. Jim holds the USSF ‘A’ License.

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Guest Session by Jose Manuel Figueira – New York Red Bulls – ‘Creating Connections’

Jose Manuel Figueira – NEY YORK RED BULLS

Jose Manuel Figueira is a Training Program coach at New York Red Bulls. The session below is for the U11 age group. It is a session on ‘creating connections’.

You can Follow Jose on Twitter: @JoseCoaching

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Guest Session – Foundation Session by Jamie Wright – Sunderland AFC

Jamie Wright – Sunderland AFC

Jamie Wright is 29 and os a UEFA B Coach. His job role is Head of Football Development (SAFC Foundation of Light) & Assistant head of Foundation Stage (SAFC Academy).

Jamie is now Head of the Football Development department at SAFC Foundation of Light  where he writes new coaching delivery programmes as well as developing and writing a coach education programme. He is also responsible for quality managing all SAFC Foundation coaching delivery as well as ensuring coaches adhere to the SAFC Player Pathway. The Academy role see’s Jamie take responsibility for the 5 to 8 year old age group as part of SAFC’S category 1 Academy. Jamie also assists the head of phase working with the 9 to 11year old players.

You can follow Jamie on twitter: @jamiewright246

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This basic passing session allows player to focus on a particular technique (passing and receiving the ball). Aim is to follow the sequence above whilst hopefully instilling good habits i.e. getting side on to receive ball, checking shoulder etc… Once the group have had a go at right foot, switch sides to left foot. Session can finish with a competition to see who can ‘score’ the most passes into the smaller goals.

Yellow player plays the pass into the red player who upon receiving the ball can score in either goal. The yellow player becomes the defender, coach can incentivise the defender by giving him 2 points if they retrieve the ball and score themselves.

The 5 v 3 possession game gives all players the opportunity to attack, defend and keep possession during a small sided game. 5 yellows aim is to keep possession of the ball-Coach can incentivise them by giving them a target of passes to equal a goal or before they can score a goal. 3 reds aim is to win the ball back and once they do so can score in any of the 4 goals. The positive of this game is you can work on a number of things, possession, counter attacking, defending outnumbered etc…

 

Guest Session by Jake Heracleous – Brentford FC Academy – Transition

Jake Heracleous – Brentford FC Academy

Jake is a UEFA B License Coach. He previously has worked for Arsenal FC Academy for many years. He now works at Brentford FC Academy working with players of all ages. Jake also is a scout for Brentford FC.

You can follow Jake on twitter: @jheracleouseie

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Guest Session by Keith Brown – FWD Movement in a 4-3-3

Keith Brown – Hearts, Scotland Youth Development Coach 2009 – 2012

Keith Brown is a Ex Professional footballer now turned Coach. He played for Blackburn Rovers, Barnsley, Oxford Utd, Falkirk, and Berwick.

He has his UEFA ‘A’ License.

You can follow Keith on twitter: @jkbrown06

Session – Forward movement in a 4-3-3