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Soccer Coaching Conference

For Teachers in Charge of Soccer 1st XI Coaches

Independent Schools' Soccer Coaching Conference - 4 February 2019

Soccer is the fastest growing game in the sector. It has always been the dominant game of the Autumn Term for a minority of schools.  However, its recent emergence is based on its popularity as the national sport, but causes issues for schools who have been entrenched in traditional games programmes that have historically excluded, or limited, the growth of the game.

The challenge for Soccer is to find a place within each school's programme, and to establish a culture of coaching, competition and high performance to surround it.  This programme aims to support teachers in charge to do that.

In addition to an update on contemporary issues from the Independent Schools' Football Association (ISFA), leading coaches and sports scientists will consider how schools can build effective coaching environments to ensure a culture of participation, which will achieve both progress and performance. The aim will be to help school Soccer leaders build a programme which is robust, credible and reflects contemporary practice from science and the elite game.

Technical coaching sessions will demonstrate how schools can adopt leading strategies and tactics to pursue competitive success. These will feature video illustration of how the country's top youth teams approach their preparation and match play.


9.30am                   Conference assembles. Bacon rolls and coffee

10.00am                 ISFA Updates with Mark Dickson, Chief Executive, ISFA

                               Concerns regarding elite school players, the ISFA competition programme and the future of the game in independent schools.

10.30am                Integrated Coaching Practice with Dan Micciche

                              Establishing a school-wide practical programme to maximise player engagement and development, illustrated by video.

11.15am                Coffee Break

11.30am                Developing a Winning Team with Dan Micciche

                              Practical lessons from elite Soccer to improve technical performance in schools. Illustrated by video.

12.30pm                Lunch

1.15pm                 The Future of Soccer in Independent Schools with Neil Rollings

                              The challenges of integrating the game within school sports programmes.

1.45pm                  The Power of Culture and Environment with Tony Strudwick

                              Establishing the best conditions to ensure development and success for young players.

2.30pm                  Player Development with Tony Strudwick

                              Using contemporary research to create practical programmes to build player effectiveness.

3.30pm                  Closes


1 place £185 2 places £309 4 places £499

Seminar runs 10.00am – 3.30pm. Price includes lunch, refreshments and notes. Excludes VAT.


Tony Strudwick

Tony is the Head of Performance at the Football Association of Wales.  For 11 years, he worked with Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United as Head of Sports Science and the Head of Performance.  During that time, he was seconded to work with the full England team at FIFA World Cup 2014, and is currently a consultant to the English Premier League.  He has a PhD from Liverpool John Moores, and a Masters Degree in Sports Science from Loughborough.

Dan Micciche

Dan was appointed England Under 16 Manager in 2015. He was recruited by new England Manager Gareth Southgate to help lead cultural change surrounding the coaching of England age group teams, and the way in which they play. He achieved success with the age group by winning the 2015 Nike International Tournament Cup, with victories over teams including Brazil U17 and tournament hosts USA U17. He had previously worked in the Academies of Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur, and was the 1st team coach at MK Dons in League 1. Dan holds a Sports Science degree from Loughborough, and an MBA (Football Industries) from Liverpool University.

Mark Dickson

Mark is the full-time Chief Executive of the Independent Schools' Football Association. He was previously in charge of Football at Shrewsbury School.

Neil Rollings

Neil is the Chairman of the Professional Association of Directors of Sport in Independent Schools. He was Director of Sport in 4 independent schools and now works with schools to develop their programmes and staff. He is a member of the All-Party Political Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood.


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