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Ten tips for coaching children in the winter from The FA – what are your tips?

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  • robertkmaaye

    Hi all

    This ‘Ten Tips For Winter Coaching’ blog by FA regional coach development manager Martin Dighton has been doing the rounds on twitter and been getting a lot of positive comments.

    In the blog he provides ten top tips to help fully engage with young players when working outdoors.

    In short, his tips are:

    1. Young children are not mini-versions of adults
    2. Get the players moving as soon as they arrive
    3. No queues and keep all the players involved
    4. Use games during training
    5. Work with individuals rather than stopping the whole group
    6. Consider practice design and progression
    7. If in doubt: play matches
    8. Have some rules about correct kit
    9. Safety and welfare are top priority, but each individual is different
    10. Find a way to use the weather to create memories

    You can find out the explanation for each point by reading his blog

    I thought it might be an idea to see what other tips everyone has for coaching children in the winter.

    As always look forward to reading your tips!

  • NickT

    Some great tips there, especially the one about getting people moving. Read a quote somewhere that there's a direct correlation between the amount of puffing the kids are doing and the amount of fun they're having (and the lack of complaining).

    For me something as simple as "Stuck in the mud" or "Chain tag" works to get the kids running and quickly warmed up. 

    When in doubt, get them moving!

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