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Schools’ Soccer Conference

With Joe Roach, Mark Dickson (ISFA), Lee Bradbury, Neil Rollings

Building Sustainable Success in School Football Conference
Dates & Venues
    In association with
    Independent Schools Football Association

    This theory-based conference is endorsed by the Independent Schools’ Football Association (ISFA) and is ideal for Heads of football or teacher/coaches coaching 1st & 2nd XI teams.

    Soccer continues to be a rapidly growing sport within independent schools and the challenge for schools and coaches is to adapt with the National game and its ever-changing approach to modern day coaching techniques and practices.

    This conference highlights the key areas of the school game that are now essential in building the right type of environment for school Soccer to flourish, with particular emphasis on Culture, Environment and Tactics as well as how to coach the more important technical aspects of the game. Through video analysis and discussion, coaches will learn how to build robust systems to ensure their school programmes are up to date, stimulating and engaging for young players.


    Session One
    Creating a Winning Environment and a Culture for Sustained Success
    with Joe Roach

    • What does an elite environment look and feel like?
    • How can we both supportive and tough? 
    • Matching your behaviours to your values

    Session Two
    with Mark Dickson, ISFA

    • Competition structure and ISFA Competitions Review
    • Health, Dementia and Football – The FA’s Independent Field Study and its implications for schools

    Session Three
    Defensive Shape
    with Joe Roach

    • Compactness in defence
    • Mid block
    • Defending set plays

    Session Four 
    Gain The Edge in The Final Third
    with Lee Bradbury

    • Movement and body shape
    • Allusive running in and around the box
    • Linking play to score goals

    Session Five  
    Update on School Soccer
    with Neil Rollings

    Session Six
    Effective Formations with Lee Bradbury

    • What formation to use and when?
    • Key players and setting roles
    • Changing formations. How and why?
    • Park the bus or go for it?

    1 place £189 2 places £319 4 places £499

    Cinference runs 9.30am – 3.30pm. Price includes lunch, refreshments and notes. Excludes VAT.


    Joe Roach

    Joe Roach

    Joe is currently Academy Manager & Head of Coaching at Premier League club AFC Bournemouth, a role he has held for over 19 years. Joe is one of the most respected Academy coaches in the country and has been instrumental in helping Bournemouth climb from League 2 all the way to the Premier League in just 6 seasons. In 2017 Joe received an Outstanding Achievement Award for his services to Youth Team football. Prior to this, Joe was the first ever Director of Coaching within the Army FA.

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    Mark Dickson, ISFA

    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.

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    Lee Bradbury

    Lee Bradbury

    Lee is currently the Assistant Manager at Crawley Town FC and has made over 500 league appearances in professional football and scored an impressive 92 goals in a career that lasted for 20 years. During his career, Lee played for Manchester City, Crystal Palace and over 100 caps for AFC Bournemouth. He played in the top flight here in the UK before being appointed manager of Premier League team AFC Bournemouth in 2012.

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    Neil Rollings

    Neil Rollings

    Neil Rollings was Director of Sport in four HMC schools, over a 21 year career. He was an ISI Inspector and he now works with schools to develop and audit modern sports programmes and with Heads to appoint Directors of Sport. He is a regular conference speaker, influential blogger on school sport issues, and Chairman of PADSIS.

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