How Performance Coaching Can Help You Maximize your Potential
Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal Manager who has helped develop exciting young players such as Cesc Fabregas, outlined this in an interview many years ago that the development of a young player is like building a house and that the foundation must be built – based on technical development. Learn more
We have all heard about the 10,000-hour training rule — the theory, as advocated by Malcolm Gladwell and others, that if you truly want to be good at something, you have to devote at least 10,000 to practicing it.
While training volume will help assist young players maximize their soccer potential it is the quality of the training that can have the greatest impact. Practice must be intensive, focused on training goals and players must be receiving the correct feedback in order to make the correct refinements in order to excel.
Young players at the top academies in Europe, including the famous La Masia training academy in Barcelona typically only complete 70 minutes of team training per day per day. However, this leaves time for less formal individual or small-group training that will engage the players more and be completed at full-pace, where the players have to be technically, mentally and physically on the edge repeatedly making correct decisions while executing skills in small spaces.
What is Performance Coaching?
Performance coaching can help young players maximize their potential and achieve their individual soccer goals.
This process is accelerated by working with a performance coach who will focus the coaching process on an individual or small group of players.
Performance coaching can help young players to:
- Set practical, achievable goals
- Develop new skills
- Identify and maximise strengths
- Develop tools to overcome weaknesses
- Identify road blocks to achieving their true potential
- Aspire and drive towards a higher level of success