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Coaches' Corner - Part I

1 year ago By Stuart Biddle

This summer we welcomed Ciara Allan back to the club. Here she kicks off a series of articles that will look at the Club's coaching philosophy.

Some of you may remember Ciara from 2015/16 season when she worked with us to develop the Club's coaches. She now manages a team of coach mentors for The FA in the South West of England and has started on her UEFA 'A' license; that's effectively level 4, all of our coaches are required to attain level 1 and some have gone on to complete levels 2 and 3 - find out more about the coaching qualifications here.

As part of her studies, Ciara will be working with our Senior teams who play on Saturday afternoons in the Hertfordshire County League but she's still keen to help all our coaches develop their skills.

Ciara wrote this piece for Saturday's Seniors programme:

As we head into the new season and you start preparing your teams for the upcoming fixtures we would like to introduce you to our club philosophy and get you thinking about how you coach and where the two things meet.

Through your role in football you may be aware of the England DNA. The FA have created a working document which identified 5 core elements – Who we are, How we play, How we coach, How we support, the future player.

The content created is broken down to the ways of working across all the England teams with the desire to have a golden thread that runs through all of their operations.

In this article we will be looking at how we can use these 5 core principles to identify, what our golden thread is here at Knebworth and how we can all work together to bring it to life.

We will begin with ‘Who we are; the values, principles and standards of behaviour and the things we consider important’.

The club:
Knebworth Football Club was first formed in 1901 and has since enjoyed numerous seasons and successes. Following the creation of the youth setup in 1977 the club has evolved to become a Charter Standard Development Club with a focus on family and community. We are true to our history and strive to be pivotal within our community. The club now offers football from the age of three through to veterans, and for this season we have over 300 players registered. Within every team our focus is to produce good players who are great people.

The coaches:
Our club is run solely by volunteers and people who give up their time day in and day out to support football in the community. We recognise that the background of our volunteers brings with it a wealth of experience and knowledge from outside football.

We would like you to start thinking about your values and principles, what do you consider important. Have a look at some of these points:

- Why did I get into coaching?
- What do I enjoy about it the most?
- What are my objectives?
- What represents my moral standards and integrity?
- What would be my personal and team mission statement(s)?

- What experiences have helped shape my values?
- What football experience do I have that I can bring to coaching?
- What life experiences do I have that I can bring to coaching?
- How can I use the above to develop good people?

- How do I demonstrate my values and experiences in my day to day behaviours?
- How could I demonstrate my values and experiences in my role as a coach?

Take a note of some of the things you considered and in the next piece we will start to look at how we can use some of the answers to the above to shape you as a coach through the ‘how we coach’ core element.

Knebworth has three Lead Coaches available to guide, support and mentor other coaches: Carl Smith (U8s and Seniors), Sean Westcott (U5s and U14s) and Tony Clare (U10s).

Updated 19:06 - 8 Oct 2017 by Stuart Biddle

Where next?

First team management change New management team of Leon Gutzmore, Christian Lett and Liam Errington announced as Frazer Triggs and Tony Malocco step down.


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