Day 48 – 19/3/17 – Coaching

The weeks are flying by. Day 48 so what’s that, 7 weeks done? Pretty good going and just worked it out I have done 23 workouts, so nearly every other day. Not too bad at all.

Sunday means coaching and for the second week in a row I have been tasked with helping out on the Academy, which is a session for U10s and younger, split by age group, first thing in the morning. Why can’t I just have a lie in? Continue reading

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Day 47 – 18/3/17 – Surbiton 3s vs Southampton 1s

Another big game, this time against Southampton…away…long.  These guys have put in some really good results this season and we drew 1-1 with them at home. They beat London Eds 4-2 , beat Croydon 6-4 and Sunbury 6-3. All the top 3 sides. So we had to prepare for a very tough match after a long journey down to the south coast, back to where I went to uni.

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Day 41 – 12/3/17 – Coaching

Sunday and it’s an early one. I have been tasked with helping out on the Academy in the morning at the club, which starts at 08:45.  My one chance at a lie in is gone unfortunately but at least it’s money and gets me active to use the whole day. Used to run the U8’s in the Academy and the kids are pretty funny so it’s not all bad.

Wasn’t the greatest weather today which is always lame when out coaching all day. Had the academy then my U12 boys bundled in with U14s and U16s so we just played a full pitch 11 a side game with a bit of a laugh. Continue reading

Day 40 – 11/3/17 – Surbiton 3s vs Addiscombe

As always, Saturday is a big day with hockey. This week we face Addiscombe, who are in the bottom half of the table but nonetheless a team we can’t take lightly. Especially after we lost to Romsey the other week.

We had plenty of time to warm up, being first on the pitch for the day and we had a strong, experienced team.  First match back for our top goalscorer last season after a few months of illness which was absolutely fantastic to see. He ended up opening the scoring I think and grabbed himself a hat trick. Continue reading

Day 39 – 10/3/17 – Coaching

The joys of Friday. The end of the week and start of the weekend. Not much went down at work and so onto coaching. At coaching we worked on possession in congested areas and movement off the ball, with a 4 on 2 exercise. One of the things the boys need to get better at is their leading and getting out from behind defenders, so this exercise is perfect to make little movements away to receive the ball as well as moving the ball quickly.

The exercise consists of 3 teams of 2, with two pairs always on the same team. If one player makes a mistake then his pair become the defenders. Cheeky little paint drawing below: Continue reading

Day 33 – 4/3/17 – Surbiton 3s vs London Edwardians 2s

D-day. The biggest game of the season….again. We faced off against London Eds, top of the league and a team that beat us narrowly 1-0 away from home.

This was a must win to keep our promotion hopes alive. Even now those dreams still rely on the results of the other teams in the league but we can’t control that. Just win every game and see what happens.  Will be incredibly disappointing if we do manage that and still don’t get promoted and will have to look back at the games we fucked up in and realise we have to spend another season with these teams. Continue reading

Day 27 – 26/2/17 – Coaching U12 Surrey Cup

Moving on quickly from yesterday, I had to hope for some better results today from my boys and I was feeling confident.

We had 5 teams in total entered into the two Surrey competitions, the Plate and Cup. With the top two from the Cup then feeding into the Regional round of the competition. We had 2 teams in the Cup and 3 in the plate, with a real chance of winning both. Continue reading