In YSE 14 we welcome Mark O Sullivan from www.FootBlogBall.wordpress.com. Mark holds a EUFA A License. Mark recently wrote an article titled “Development Model or The Emperor’s New Clothes“. In the article which you can read here, Mark brought great insight and analysis into the difference between Content vs Model in a soccer club model. One model he uses as an example is the LTAD model which is used by different clubs around the world, most notably in the UK and Canada. (Before this podcast episode, I had reached out to Chris Murphy from Coastal FC in Canada to discuss this model. I am currently trying to work out a time to discuss the model further so we can learn more about it and its benefits).
Some of the other things you’ll learn from this episode:
Mark explained that he grew up playing on the street, nothing organized until 9 or 10 years old. Not sure how it happened, but someone always had a ball, just like in many neighborhoods across Europe. Mark also gave us some insight into his coach, who either “had an amazing knowledge of the game or very little”.
Something very interesting was his take on technique, which he thinks he learned on the streets, he would see it on TV, it helped him and his friends create a great imagination. They commentated on their own games, had a great time with their imagination. They watched what the pros did and imitated them. That’s how he learned to play with both feet. There was so much variability during the games on the streets.
-structure must be from child’s perspective to maximize learning
-we know what is good for kids, but implement it for adults, this has to change
-Hard skills (easy to measure) vs soft skills and why many kids get overlooked due to size.
-Development model on a home page, don’t let your club do this!
-make it as fun as possible for the kids
Mark’s Follow up article “Turn the Curriculum on its head: Coaching in Context”.