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1to1 Training

I’ve been working over the last few years as a coach fascinated about how we can personalise training for individuals. In every industry now you can get something personalised for ‘you’ whether it’s food, a new car or a personal training session. As a player and as a coach we all have our own goals or aspirations of what we are trying to achieve. But do we always get the support or know how of how to do that? Group training or team training is a fantastic way of developing players, at the end of the day football is a team game. The better the individual the better the team? Possibly, it’s not always the case because we have seen over the years some of the great players haven’t necessarily made a great team – Real Madrid where searching for years for a winning formula again. What is key is developing players have the essential core skills to provide them with foundations they can develop their game on. Now, take a player like Cristiano Ronaldo – when he first joined united he wasn’t the most effective player on the pitch intact he had some fantastic skills but the game transfer wasn’t there. He didn’t know what, where, how, when, why he should do a move when 1to1. Someone like Rene Malustein worked with Ronaldo over a period of time developing him in position specific movements and technical work to help improve this. As well as developing him physically and psychologically too Ronaldo transformed and is one of the best players of the modern era. What was key to Ronaldo’s development? He had the skills gained and developed during his youth career, but had them all enhanced through this personal training concept. Is there a game transfer for something like this? Well, no in a personal 1to1 session you are simply missing a team. But you can develop the psychi, technique and physicality of the player to be able to work in that environment of a competitive team fixture. That’s why I feel going forward we will see more technical, physical, psychological specialists working with players at all levels of the game.

If your interested in a FREE consultation for 1to1 coaching or feel it could benefit some of your players or someone you know please contact 1to1soccercoaching@mail.com


Robin Van Persie: Season So Far

Van Persie has scored 11 goals with his left and 7 with his right –

All of his 19 goals coming in two touches or less. With a large percentage coming from between the outside of the 6 yard box and the 18 yard box –

What does that tell us? Well, he doesn’t have much time when finishing in those areas and has the confidence and ability to finish on both feet! Do you teach your players to finish like this expert?


History of the FA

Last night I watched the England V Brazil game – I watched the build up for the game. ITV don’t always show many items that differentiate you kind of already know what to expect. Team Line Ups, Adverts, Highlighting a couple of England & opposition players and the occasional interview. I found myself watching very closely when Alex Oxlade Chamberlain did a short take on the 150 years of The FA. I watched it, and watched it over and over again. The history of football is fantastic from how it started to how it has become now in the ‘modern game.’ To think in 1863 the first set of rules where created for the ‘universal game.’

A good little clip to show to your players & clubs – will certainly give people more of an insight into the history of football. And why it is the worlds greatest game.


I can’t believe it has been 8 years since the new Wembley opened how time has passed. Think of all of these changes over the years – I wonder what will be ahead for us…

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Many thanks,
Ross Brooks.

What things are you not seeing?

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, a
nd stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?


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Many thanks
Ross Brooks

UEFA B Award Day 4

On day we looked back at the themed session we came up with on our table. We received some positive feedback regarding this – but it certainly made us think about how much depth we need to go into on these areas.

We were also talk about defending outnumbered which was going to be the focus for the morning which was going to be delivered to us in a ATP but also a Phase of Play by John and Colin. The sessions were good, and really made us think about how we can link them together.

We then moved onto defending set pieces which we looked at the benefits of zonal and man to man marking from corners. What is best for you? Most of the group said that man to man is their preference, which John countered with some interesting stats.

1 in 3 goal from 6 yard box
1-7 around penalty spot
1-15 from edge of area to penalty spot
1-50 from edge of area
1-21 from near outside area where the set piece taker

This is when the first phase is completed, this changes when a number of other touches are made, but it’s interesting as it makes you think about actually where do you want to deliver the ball but also how do you want to defend to counter this.

John believed Zonal Marking was more effective – but what’s your thoughts?

But anyway, everyone went onto deliver their sessions which they were meant to prepare from the evening of day 3. I am actually delivering any session I want with 8 players for 20 minutes on Day 5 so will give you some feedback on this then. The coaches from today did a good job, and some great learning outcomes came out!

Itchy feet time for tomorrow!
Early night… Or a few drinks? Both!

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Many thanks
Ross Brooks

UEFA B Day 3

Day 3 has come… Boy I feel tired! Aside from the physical and psychological demands of the course I have found socially I have been destroyed by living in the travel lodge hotel room with George. Sorry George.

Anyway, back to being serious –
When we arrived, rather lethargically we were asked to recap and review the sessions from yesterday by finalising our drawings on some board paper. What Geoff was looking at I believe anyway, was how we had developed our session plans.

Okay! Next workshop Defending Principles of Play






We then looked what and actually has influenced how these have recycled over the history of football. In its entirety they have always remained the same but differed and been adjusted by different coaches. These are what we call influencers –

One of these influencers is Caldera from his development of Newells Old Boys and how that philosophy has followed him through to clubs such as Athletico Madrid


Guardiola, is someone that took what was already their in terms of this high pressure off the ball.

The impact is you create players like Van Bommel, when the game is now going more to players like Dembele who can hold/screen but also can play once they have one the ball.

Ben Bartlett, Geoff and Colin all delivered some great sessions – looking at defending principles but also pressure and screening.

We then came in and looked at 3 things we have taken individually away from each of the days. 1 thing from each day –

Day 1 – attacking principles of play
Day 2 – communication styles
Day 3 – defending principles

We then on our tables were asked to plan a themed session –
Which we will review on the morning of Day 4.

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Many thanks
Ross Brooks

UEFA B Award Day 2

Day 2 was a much more practical day. We arrived at 9:00am at the Hertfordshire FA, and arrived to find ourselves in some different activities to stimulate the mind. Our challenge was to come up with as many clubs that have played in the premier league since it had started… It then went onto a competition to see what table could come up with the most teams, but they couldn’t repeat a team that was already called out… & only had 5 seconds to answer! We did well… And won (performance goal)

The first theoretical workshop we looked at was on communication, coaching styles and learning styles

Geoff Pike our course director explained how we should be a teacher and how he feels we have a lot of coaches in football, but not enough teachers. What do you think is the difference?

We looked at learning styles – how can your own learning style allow you to understand others? If I am learning visually and I know this, what works for me? What would work for the individual? I think it is important with your team, from the outset – how do your players learn? Give them a test, use this to help you understand how the group, individual learns and maximise your effective teaching.

A Comfort Zone? We all sat the same table, from yesterday. Where we all left in our comfort zones? Yes, we were. The reason for this must link back to how the culture and how we were taught as kids to be taught… Geoff said, to learn you need to be taken out of your comfort zone. The course and its content will allow you to do that, but also the interaction with peers and the tutors will allow you to get into indepth discussions where you don’t necessarily have a scooby do what someone is on about. Why? Because they have a different experience to your own… Are you actually what you say your are; as brave and creative as you say you are? I don’t think so… Something I will certainly take on from the course.

professional coaching skills


How do you actually come across as the coach, the teacher the person?
And how do you actually get things across?

We must directly link perceptions and persuasion and do things to get people to perceive you for the way you want to be perceived. Perception is reality I was once told by a very influential figure I met and worked with in the states.

how communication effects your players

Language used
The interaction of players and the coach
The ability to motivate
The ability to enthuse
The ability to inform

Look at these and what different coaching styles could you use to achieve them and help become a better communicator? Visually, Verbally, Kinasthetically and Written – do you honestly use them? And have you become a master of these techniques to become an effective communicator?

Here is something for you to go on top of that…

Looking at communication channels Albert Mehrabians book is worth checking out for this info.

Take the following listed below and come up with percentages… Out of 100% before you ask… And what out of them are proven by Albert to be the most important items you are in control of when communicating?

Words –
Voice tone –
Non Verbal –

Words actually is 7% of how the information is processed… 7%! This is unbelievable, how often do you actually see coaches still, even after all of these courses… Hands up too, talk far too much? Are you that coach? That teacher?

35% is voice tone… You can’t teach personality? Maybe… But improve how you actually teach! Are you loud and quiet? Or do you have that persona where you can talk very quietly but yet still grab everyone’s attention.

58% is non verbal. Key – what does your body actually suggest? How can you change the perceptions of others to actually get across what your thinking and feeling – use hand gestures, open your eyes… Engage and motivate one of the key essentials of an expert communicator.


Colour is the first thing our brain takes in – how can different colours effect people?
Red – energy, excitement, life
Black – menace, aggression, power authority
Yellow – happiness, good times
Blue – calming wisdom

Colour is the universal non verbal language that all understand…

Connect – Activate – Demonstrate – Consolidate

Be the Master – don’t just watch the game, analyse it.. What, why, where, who, when? All of these different questions… I’m certainly going to start looking at games in a different way!

Anyway… That should be enough for day 2.
Now off to watch Stevenage v Portsmouth then power sleep!

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Many thanks,
Ross Brooks.