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Prep Schools’ Soccer Coaching Conference

With Richard Allen and Michael Donaldson


Welcome to the National Prep Schools Soccer Coaching Conference.  As this game becomes ever more significant in the sports programmes of more prep schools, the quality of coaching which players receive becomes more important.  Additionally, it is necessary for schools to develop a philosophy for delivery that can guide all teachers involved in the game to ensure the best outcomes for players.  As the game becomes an important part of the competition programme, a recreational approach to coaching is not satisfactory.

This Conference aims to familiarise prep school coaches with the most contemporary methods in developing the game for players in these age groups.  This will cover everything which a school needs to build a coaching programme, and to develop players and teams. 

Engaging young players with interesting and effective practices is important, as is knowing which activities, strategies and formations will have the greatest impact.  Delegates will discover how coaching science can inform school delivery, and also how the top youth development programmes are presenting the game to these age groups.

The day will be delivered in tandem by two of the country’s most experienced and qualified experts in the development of football for young players

Session 1 - Developing a Soccer Programme U10 - U13

  • Focus areas in Foundation and Transition Stages
  • What do young players need in order to develop ?                                     
  • Engaging players and maintaining interest
  • Going beyond X’s and O’s in coaching (video examples)          


Session 2 – Player Development 

  • Barriers to effective development
  • Fundamentals for player development for U11’s football.
  • Basic principles to help develop young  players                                                                                       


Session 3 (practical)  Designing and delivering multiple outcome session for young players 

  • Design practices for maximum impact
  • Session examples
  • Ball related warm ups, skill development practices, small sided games 
  • Practical delivery the Premiership Academy way                                                                                                                       

Session 4 (practical)  Formations for Prep school Football

  • Developing a tactical focus
  • Considering formations for U11 and U13 Soccer 
  • Advantages and disadvantages of different systems
  • Incorporating the best players into the formation                                             


Prices:    One place:  £ 189.  Two places:  £319, Four places: £509

Includes lunch and resources

20% Discount on prices above for IAPS schools

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


Richard Allen

Richard Allen is Director of Football at Loughborough University.  In this role, he  oversees the delivery of international coaching programmes and leading the development of girls’ and boys’ football. He also works within the FA Talent ID programme.  This includes the Level 4 course for Heads of Recruitment, which provides innovative education in Talent Leadership, Management, Strategy and Development in Football. He was previously FA Head of Talent Identification, and prior to that Head of Academy for both QPR and Tottenham Hotspur

Michael Donaldson

Michael is the current Head of Player Development and Enrichment at Premier League club Tottenham Hotspurs.  He has been in this position since 2012. He is in charge of the coaching and development programmes for the young players coming into the Academy, working with children in the 9-16 age range.  This includes their technical, tactical and personal improvement.   He works with schools within mainstream education devising and delivering innovative coaching programmes, which improve player development and engagement with the game


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