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All coaches at Tondu United Football Club are different in their own way, which is what makes the club so great. It is important however, that as a club, we try to have an agreed vision and clear direction on what we are trying to achieve, all linking back to our club philosophy. This page outlines our key points to remember during our sessions and along the way on our coaching journey.

Meeting The Needs

Tondu United Football Club coaches will use a variety of teaching styles and learning methods to create sessions which are challenging and enjoyable for all players as individuals, set at the level of intensity and difficulty which is specific and relevant to their needs. Where appropriate, all sessions should be relevant to the game and include all corners of the development model which are Physical, Social, Technical/Tactical & Psychological.


All sessions will adhere to an 80:20 split principle irrespective of the length of the session, which ultimately means 80% players “doing time” and 20% “coaching time”. A nice way to remember this is KISS, and acronym for Keep It Short & Sweet. An example of this could be; 1 minute intervention broken down as 10 seconds make your point, 10 seconds to pose your question, 10 seconds player thinking time, 30 seconds answers & discussions then players immediately back out to continue the practice

“I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.” 

- Winston Churchill

Why use this method?

• Accomplish more in less time

• Achieve more in your session, ultimately giving satisfaction all round to players, coaches, and even parents who are going to get more value for their money.

• Narrows focus onto most important details

• Improve communication & education skills of coaches

• Player centred not coach centred

• More time doing then listening will give players greater benefits towards achieving a task or developing a skill.

  • More time doing then listening will give players greater benefits towards achieving a task or developing a skill


Create a positive learning environment for your players to flourish. Support differentiation and varied learning styles with different delivery methods such as:
• Use of Tactic Boards
• Use of correct equipment such as PUG’s instead of coned goals
• Session Videos (showing and recording)
• Create and discuss session objectives and reflect on them throughout and afterwards
• Players having personal objectives and challenges and learning about self-reflection
• Social interaction between players and coaches

Promote Creativity 

#StayOnTheBall   #LetThemPlay

Allow players to try new things and make mistakes

Allow players to experiment and problem solve

Encourage play and socialisation

 Adapt your delivery style to meet the preferred styles of the individual players

Encourage players to ask questions, make connections and explore the game

Allow peer feedback and challenges

Try to use open ended questions to get players thinking, such as “what if” or “how might you”

Praise and reward your players

“I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they learn."

-Albert Einstein

Small Sided Games (SSG’s)

We will always try to encourage more of SSG’s than having players stood around in lines. SSG’s are played on reduced pitch areas, often using modified rules and involving a smaller group of players than traditional football. These games are less structured than traditional fitness training methods but are very popular training drills for players of all ages.

Many prescriptive variables controlled by the coach can influence the exercise intensity of SSG’s, such as:

• Pitch area

• Training regimen (continuous v interval)

• Rules

• Use of goalkeepers

• Coach encouragement

• Player numbers


If you FAIL, never give up because F.A.I.L means "First Attempt In Learning"

END is not the END. In fact E.N.D means "Effort Never Dies"

If you get NO as an answer, remember N.O means "Next Opportunity"