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Coerver EW deliver first Coerver® Intro courses of 2018

April 2018 saw the Coerver® EW team travel to London and Manchester to kick off the 2018 Coerver® Coach Education Pathway courses.

In excess of 100 coaches from across the UK and abroad attended the Coerver® Intro courses held on Saturday 21st April (London) and Sunday 29th April (Manchester).

Course attendees were led through the course by Coerver® EW Director, Scott Wright, who delivered both theory and practical sessions outlining the evolution of Coerver Coaching since being founded in 1984.

“Our recent Coerver® Intro courses were the perfect way to launch our 2018 coach education pathway programme” said Scott.

“Our aim is for every attendee to leave the course with a greater understanding of the evolution of the Coerver® Coaching programme since being founded in 1984, from both a theory and practical perspective.”

“Specifically we focus on the foundational Coerver topics of Ball Mastery & 1v1 skills teaching, which we have always championed and in our opinion are both essential to developing game effective players now and in the future.”

“We will be releasing dates for the next series of Intro courses to take place in England during the coming weeks and look forward to travelling up and down the country, working with likeminded coaches.”

To see images from the Intro course in London, click here

For more information on the Coerver® Intro course click here

For details on the 2018 Coerver® Youth Diploma 1 course click here

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Coerver® EW Director lectures at Southampton Solent University

On Monday 9th April 2018, Coerver® Coaching England & Wales Director, Scott Wright, was invited to deliver a lecture to the undergraduate students studying on the BA Football Studies course at Southampton Solent University.

Based in the heart of Southampton’s city centre, Solent currently has approximately 11000 students and offers in excess of 20 sport courses – the university’s reputation is continually growing as one of the strongest educational programmes in the country.

Faculty member Clywd Jones is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences and has played a pivotal role in the development of the relation between the Southampton Solent and Coerver® Coaching England & Wales.

“We feel that Coerver® Coaching is at the cutting edge of skill development within football” said Clywd.

“We are developing the next generation of students who will move into the football industry – we have been successful in developing these people before and we feel one of the reasons behind the success is because we have had Coerver® deliver on the course before.”

“Students who have been exposed to Coerver® have tapped into the knowledge, worked with Coerver® and then transferred that knowledge into employability.”

“For us, having Scott and Coerver® linked into our Football Studies course is a no brainer.”

“In the past, we have had excellent people graduate from Southampton Solent and join Coerver® Coaching England and Wales” added Coerver® EW Director, Scott Wright.

“We place a great amount of emphasis on educating the next generation and we feel that it is important to put the time and energy into collaborating with  Southampton Solent university.”

“The feel that the modern coach needs to have a deep understanding in all aspects of football and we are extremely happy to able to contribute to their knowledge base of technical coaching within football – an area that we feel is crucial in any coach’s teaching armoury.”

“We are looking forward to the future of the relationship with Southampton Solent University and assisting the right individuals to find a pathway to employment within football.”

“We’re really pleased to be collaborating with Southampton Solent university, who without doubt have one of the best academic football programmes in the UK.”

“This is the second year that we’ve lectured to the course students and we’re delighted to be contributing to the education of the next generation of coaches and look forward to collaborating on a number of projects as we progress.”

You can find out more about Southampton Solent sport courses HERE

If you are interested in exploring a pathway into football with Coerver® EW, click HERE

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MATCH! Academy Champions League Final special – Unlock agility like Firmino

May 2018 saw the launch of the latest Coerver® EW tutorial in partnership with Match! Magazine based on Brazil and Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino.

The “Unlock Agility like Firmino” content features Coerver® West Midlands Performance Academy players, Louis Harris and Dan Cooper who put the latest adidas® NEMEZIZ 17.1 Deadly Strike Pack boots through their paces during the challenge.

You can see the full tutorial over on the Match! Academy website.

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SL Benfica host 2018 Coerver® EW Coach PRO Tour!

On the 10th May 2018, 20 coaches from the Coerver® Coaching England and Wales network travelled to Lisbon, Portugal to participate in the 2018 Coerver® EW Coach PRO Tour.

Coerver® Coaching’s Global Youth Development partner, SL Benfica, opened the doors to their academy to provide a comprehensive behind the scenes study visit at what is one of the most successful player development setups in the world.

In content-packed weekend schedule, SL Benfica provided the PRO Tour with a truly first class experience from the first minute to the last.

Friday 11th May saw an early departure as the PRO Tour spent the entire day at SL Benfica’s world class academy facility – Caixa Futebol Campus. First on the agenda was observation of the U19s final training and preparation ahead of their Saturday evening game against Sporting CP.

Attendees were then provided with a full tour of the campus which includes 6 grass pitches, 2 artificial pitches, player accommodation and, most notably, the revolutionary 360s simulator.

Final events at Caixa on Friday saw key SL Benfica academy staff deliver presentations on the club’s philosophy, player development, scouting and sports science followed by observation of the U16 boys training session.

Day 2 of the PRO Tour provided the opportunity to observe what happens on the training pitch in competitive games. The first game saw SL Benfica’s U23 men take on FC Porto.

After a tight 0-0 first half between two highly technical teams, Chris Wilcock – a recent signing from Arsenal FC – proved the difference between the two sides as Benfica raced to a 3-0 win.

The second game of the day was the highly anticipated U19s match between SL Benfica and Sporting CP. In front of a crowd of nearly 1000 people, João Félix – widely regarded as SL Benfica’s next star, put in a great performance and contributed with 2 goals in a 3-1 victory.

The final PRO Tour day was dedicated to the first team. In the morning, attendees were given a full tour of SL Benfica’s stadium – Estádio da Luz and included a visit to the club’s newly updated history museum and lunch in the stadium’s corporate suite.

The 2018 Coach PRO Tour concluded on Sunday evening with a return to Estádio da Luz for SL Benfica’s final league game of the season – a game which saw them secure a place in the 2018-19 Champions League qualification stages with a 1-0 win over Moreirense FC.

“The 2018 Coach PRO Tour is the second trip that we have been able to offer members of our network following on from the trip to Real Madrid CF in 2016” said Coerver® EW Director, Scott Wright.

“SL Benfica are at the pinnacle of player development and this tour provided a fantastic opportunity for coaches to get behind the scenes at one of the world’s most productive academies.”

“The club have been exceptional in hosting us and the weekend has been a tremendous success. Our thanks go to SL Benfica for their first class hospitality and we look forward to providing future tours for our network members.”

To see images from the 2018 Coach PRO Tour click HERE.

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Coerver EW Director returns to lecture at the Real Madrid University

Saturday 17th March 2018 saw Coerver® England & Wales Director, Scott Wright head back to Madrid to lecture at the Real Madrid University for the fifth consecutive year.

The MSc in Talent Identification and Development in Soccer Course, which is held at the Villaviciosa de Odon campus, is ran in joint partnership between the European University of Madrid (Universidad Europea) and the world’s biggest football club, Real Madrid CF.

The prestigious course provides students with access to some of the leading organisations within world football – AFC Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, GNK Dinamo Zargreb and Sevilla FC are just a handful of top level clubs that have presented on the course recently.

During the 1-day class, Scott presented both theory and practical sessions aimed at providing the students with an insight into the evolution of Coerver® Coaching since being founded in 1984.

“Once again, it was truly an honour for myself and Coerver® Coaching to be invited back to deliver on one of the most prestigious football education courses available in the world” said Scott. “One of the objectives of the course is for the best students to progress into working at the club.”

“As it stands around 75% of all Real Madrid academy groups between U8-U19 have a current or former course student as a staff member so it’s fantastic to see the employment pathway being developed between the course and the club.”

“I look forward to returning to Madrid next year and to continue the wonderful relationship that has been built since we first started to work together on the course in 2013.”

Guillermo Hamdan Zaragoza is a pivotal member of the course faculty – providing support to course director, David Viejo Romero and said “When we did the curriculum for the Master programme, we thought we needed Coerver® to be a part of it because it is such a big brand worldwide. We thought that if we want to have a top programme, we needed Coerver® to be part of this.”

“We hope that this relationship continues not only now but also for the future as our programme continues to grow.”

To view our behind the scenes video from the course at the Real Madrid University, click HERE

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2018 Coerver EW PRO Tour review

February 2018 saw 130 Coerver® EW Performance Academy, Partner Club and staff members travel to the Spanish capital city of Madrid for the 2018 Coerver® PRO Tour.

Held across 4 days, the PRO Tour provided attendees with an incredible behind the scenes insight into two global football super powers – Real Madrid CF and The Royal Spanish Football federation.

After landing on Friday evening and a full player / parent meeting ahead of the weekend’s events, PRO Tour Saturday was split into two main segments.

Saturday morning saw the PRO Tour head north from our hotel base in Alcobendas to La Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas – the headquarters for all Spanish national teams. Here, our players participated in a 90-minute training session with Spanish FA coaches.

Following the session, the PRO Tour group had the opportunity to visit the Spanish national football museum which is also situated on site. Here, attendees could absorb the rich Spanish footballing heritage – from classic football kits to medals and success including seeing the 2008 & 2012 European Championship and 2010 World Cup winning trophies.

After a quick return to base for lunch, the PRO Tour made the short journey into Central Madrid and to the Santiago Bernabeau to watch Real Madrid CF play in their La Liga fixture against Real Sociedad. Here, attendees were treated to a master-class from the Galactico’s who put in a comprehensive 5-2 winning performance.

Sunday morning saw the PRO Tour return to the Bernabeau for the full Real Madrid stadium tour which included visiting the home team changing room – the very same changing room where Zidane’s winning side had celebrated their victory in only hours earlier!

Monday was the last day of the trip but the one everyone had been waiting for. Following a short 10-mimute drive from the team base, the PRO Tour arrived at Ciudad Real Madrid in Valdedebas – Real Madrid CF’s purpose built training complex.

Here, the PRO Tour players participated in two 90-minute training sessions that were delivered by Real Madrid CF full-time academy staff.

“The 2018 Coerer® PRO Tour has been the best tour that we have delivered to date” said Coerver® EW Director, Scott Wright.

“The PRO Tour is a unique and special event – it is a trip that provides a level of accessibility that cannot be obtained easily to most. To have two massive football organisations with deeply rooted football heritage and global success open their doors to our players, parents and staff further highlights the fantastic benefits to being a member of our network.”

“We could not have asked for this year’s trip to have gone any better – the Tour attendees representing Coerver® England & Wales were first class both on and off the pitch, and the coaching staff at the Spanish FA and Real Madrid CF were top class.”

“This year’s PRO Tour will take some beating, but we already have plans in place and are up to the challenge of making the 2019 Coerver® PRO Tour better than ever!”

Sharon Robinson’s daughter, Monique, is part of the Coerver® Performance Academy in Derby. “It’s been faultless’” said Sharon. “I have to say; I have been pleasantly surprised at how efficiently this trip has been executed.”

“There has not been one stand out part of the trip, it has all been really, really good. Coming to some of these facilities – they are world class and if that doesn’t inspire your child any more than they are already are [to be successful in football], then you are missing a trick by not coming on a Coerver® PRO Tour.”

“It’s just amazing and I think that every kid that is given the opportunity to do it then they should take it” [attend a Coerver® PRO Tour].

Darren Wilson (Sam Wilson, Coerver® Performance Academy Coventry) said “Sam loves football – he dreams football. So, when the opportunity came up, I didn’t have to think twice about brining Sam here to Real Madrid”

“Taking Sam through the [player’s] tunnel at Real Madrid and seeing his face light up as we entered the stadium is something I’ll never forget. But also, Sam training here [Ciudad Real Madrid] is fantastic. I mean, how many 9 year olds get that opportunity?!”

The Coerver® PRO Tour is an annual event accessible to members of the Coerver® England & Wales network.

To see the 2018 Coerver® PRO Tour video on Facebook, click HERE

To see the 2018 Coerver® PRO Tour photo gallery on Facebook, click HERE


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Coerver® EW head to S.L. Benfica for 2018 Coach PRO Tour!

On Thursday 10th May 2018, the Coerver® Coaching England & Wales Coaches PRO Tour heads to our global youth development partners, SL Benfica.

Coaches from the Coerver® EW network travel to Lisbon to visit one of the game’s most famous clubs with a fantastic tradition for developing young players through their world-renowned academy.

As part of the tour, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a number of activities. These include a full behind the scenes tour of the world-class training facilities at the Caixa Futebol Campus (home to all SL Benfica teams), observation of SL Benfica academy training session/match and a full tour of Estádio da Luz Stadium & museum – the home of SL Benfica.

During the tour, SL Benfica will provide full access to their academy staff with a philosophy presentation and various coach interaction/workshops scheduled for the trip.

Coerver® England & Wales Director, Scott Wright said “We are very excited to take our Coaches PRO Tour to our global youth development partner, SL Benfica, for the very first time following our last tour to Real Madrid CF.”

“SL Benfica have one of the very best academies in world football and this is a wonderful opportunity for our attendees to experience the inner workings at the Caixa Futebol Campus first hand.”

“We are looking forward to what promises to be an exceptional trip to Portugal and I’m sure all in attendance will be both hugely motivated and inspired by the opportunity which we are really pleased to be able to provide exclusively for our network members.”

You can see more information on SL Benfica’s world famous Caixa Futebol Campus HERE

You can find out more about the Coerver® Partner Club programme HERE




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Coerver® EW work with adidas® UK Tango League Champions

On Wednesday 28th February 2018, Coerver® EW Director Scott Wright & Head of Coaching, Luke Cheyne, travelled to London to deliver a “Train Like A PRO” day with adidas® UK Tango League Champions, The K5’s.

Hosted by adidas® partner club, Fulham FC, the 9-strong squad were given the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a professional footballer.

In the morning, the group were given exclusive behind the scenes access to Craven Cottage – the home of Fulham FC since 1896 and one of the last remaining ‘traditional’ grounds in the country.

After a short transfer, the Coerver® team and The K5′s headed to Fulham FC’s Motspur Park training ground where they observed a full, first team training session as the Cottagers prepare for their crucial Championship clash with promotion rivals, Derby County tomorrow.

Following the session, First Team Coach Stuart Gray and Norwegian international midfielder, Stefan Johansen, took time out for a Q&A with the squad.

In the afternoon, Coerver® EW delivered both theory and practical sessions for the group. This began in the classroom with a workshop based on the mental and physical aspects of the game. The day finished with a Coerver® practical session in the Fulham FC academy dome.

“Together with our partner adidas and Fulham FC, the K5’s tango league squad have had an amazing opportunity to learn what it takes to train like a pro” said Scott.

“Our aim was for these young players to come away from the day inspired but also with an understanding that it’s the small details that can often be the difference between success and failure.”

“Making it in the modern game takes more than just football ability. Grit, determination, physical conditioning, nutrition, rest, making good life choices etc are all vital areas which we aimed to cover today.”

“It was great to hear our messages being reinforced by Stuart and Stefan. The lads were a pleasure to work with and we hope that they take all of this valuable information and knowledge that has been shared with them today and put it to good use within their own environment.”

“Finally, we would like to express our thanks to Fulham FC for opening their doors and making us all feel so welcome, it was a fantastic day for all concerned.”

Our behind the scenes video & media will be released next week across all @CoerverEW social media platforms.

To learn more about the adidas® Tango League, click here:

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Coerver EW announce 2018 Youth Diploma 1 course dates

Coerver® EW are pleased to announce details for the upcoming Youth Diploma 1 courses due to take place in London & Manchester during Summer 2018.

The Youth Diploma 1 course forms part of the Coerver® Coach Education Pathway, which provides coaches with the opportunity to attend up to 5-days of official Coerver® coach education.

The pathway consists of three courses which are made up of the Coerver® Intro (1-day), Coerver® Youth Diploma 1 (2-day) & Coerver® Youth Diploma 2 (2-day) respectively.

The pathway has been designed to give attendees a greater understanding of the history and evolution of the Coerver® programme, both on and off the pitch over the last 34 years since being founded by Alf Galustian and Charlie Cooke in 1984.

The Youth Diploma 1 is designed to provide attendees, regardless of the level that they coach at, with a greater understanding of how to plan & deliver more effective coaching sessions, utilising the Coerver® Session Planner.

Both Youth Diploma 1 courses will be delivered by Coerver® England & Wales Director,
Scott Wright, who is able to draw from experience in delivering Coerver® Coach Education courses at all levels of the game, across the globe since joining the organisation in 2005.

“We are really looking forward to delivering this year’s Youth Diploma 1 courses in London and Manchester respectively” said Scott.

“Since our first Youth Diploma course in 2011, our coach education pathway has continued to evolve with thousands of coaches from across the world attending our courses here in England.”

“This particular course is based on session planning, which is still a topic that you don’t really see covered in any great detail on national licence courses. This was one of the main reasons that we picked this topic for our course based on the feedback that we received from clubs and coaches alike.”

“Attendees will be provided with some fantastic new resources including our course handbook and access to our new coach education pathway support site which provides video of the practical content delivered during the course.”

“Our 2018 courses are sure to be our biggest and best yet and we look forward to working with coaches from across the UK and further a field during the Summer.”

Coerver® Youth Diploma 1 – Location Information

Dates: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June 2018
Time: 09:00 – 16:45 (both days)
Venue: Watford FC Academy, Harefield Academy, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB9 6ET

Dates: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July 2018
Time: 09:00 – 16:45 (both days)
Venue: Salford Sports Village, Littleton Road, Salford, Manchester, M7 3NQ

For further information and to book your place on our 2018 Coerver® Youth Diploma 1 course, visit:

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Coerver Coaching co-founder works with Italian Giants

Coerver® Coaching co-founder Alf Galustian recently travelled to Turin to deliver an
Elite Coach Education clinic at one of the world’s greatest football clubs and current Italian champions – Juventus FC.

The clinic was hosted at the Juventus Centre, the training base for all Juventus teams and was attended by all Juventus academy coaches. In addition, Technical Director, Stefano Baldini and Gianluca Pessotto, team manager of Juventus Youth Teams and a former first team Juventus FC player and Italian international were also in attendance.

Attendees on the day included several ex-professionals including 2006 World Cup Winner Simone Barone. FIFA committee member and Italy’s greatest female player, Carolina Morace, was a also special guest participant to the clinic.

Alf delivered both Coerver® theory and practical sessions focusing on the link between ball mastery and the team game which was very well received by all in attendance.

“It’s an enormous honour for Coerver Coaching to be invited to work with Juventus FC who are without doubt, one of the truly elite football clubs in the world” said Coerver® England and Wales Director, Scott Wright.

“Juventus join an illustrious group of elite clubs that Coerver co-founder Alf Galustian has worked with during his career. Hearing such positive feedback from technical director, Stefano Baldini, adds further credibility for the Coerver programme to that which has already been amassed since being founded in 1984.”

“We look forward to collaborating further with Juventus FC in the coming months ahead.”

To watch Coerver® Coaching co-founder, Alf Galustian talk to Juventus FC Technical Director, Stefano Baldini, click here:

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