When I was a kid we used to watch ‘Top of The Pops’ every Thursday evening, 7:30pm…never missed it! Too of the Pops would count down the top songs on the music charts of that particular week and the excitement was palpable as we waited to see who was Number 1! No social media or internet back then. Just a good old week long wait to see if your favourite track had hit the top spot.
A lot has changed since those days but some things have remained the same.
In my presentation in Hungary, I will kick-start the day with my Top 5 (In honour of TOTP!) tips to do our bit, as coaches and administrators, in helping the players of tomorrow develop. My top 5, in keeping with the modern Holistic approach we have to our game, include Psychological, Physiological and technical nuggets.
To whet the appetite, I will give you number 6, didn’t make it into the top 5, but important none the less.
Communicate with young players’ parents:
When beginning the journey with these kids, it is almost as important to keep the parents as up to speed as the kids on what you are doing and the reasons and rationale behind your interventions. It is an investment that can be taxing and time consuming but definitely worth investing in. Parents like to know what the plan is and what their kids are up to.
Studies show that Parents of performing players reduce their involvement as time goes on, so the key here is to invest early when it is appropriate and effective.
See you all in Hungary!