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Inside an Academy: Bristol Rovers
There are plenty of people out there who are willing to talk about what happens within academy football without knowing what actually happens within one. It is that gap of knowledge which this series of articles on Blueprint for Football will try to fill. Given unprecedented access by Bristol Rovers, I have spoken to a number of people who work there, starting with this first piece where Head of Coaching Jonathan Henderson talks about their values and the process they go through in identifying their coaching staff.
The Elastic Brain
A few weeks back I wrote two articles about the brain’s ability to learn and the circumstances that needed to be in place for this to happen. It was an interesting subject to write about and, judging from the feedback, one that people enjoyed reading.
It is also a topic on which there is still much to learn and articles like this one will undoubtedly help achieve that. It focuses on music rather than football but the underlying principles are undoubtedly the same.
Coaching Session - Attacking Play 1v1's
Twitter might be vilified at times, and often with good reason, but it is also a great source for knowledgeable debate and coaching ideas. Indeed a lot of coaches have taken to sharing their training sessions which can be extremely interesting and helpful. Sometimes, however, one needs to look beyond the way to hold a session and look at the why. Which is something that this piece does very well, explaining the ideas behind 1 v 1 sessions.
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