Coach Education visit BWSC in Canada
January this year saw Jack and Mark fly out to Ontario, Canada to launch a new coaching programme, developed by Bolton Wanderers Coach Education department, especially to meet the development needs of overseas coaches.The week long seminar was hosted by Bolton Wanderers Soccer Club which is situated on the outskirts of Ontario.
Bolton Wanderers Soccer Club is an amateur club with a playing membership of over 3000 members, ranging from Under 6's to retirement age. The club has numerous coaches all eager to keep up to date with new information. A total of 28 coaches attended the seminar, mostly giving time up from work, all keen to see what was on offer.
The first day Jack and Mark were warmly welcomed by all the coaches and after a brief outline of the course it was off to work. The first session was practical workshop that covered an introduction to 'Themed Practices' which was well received by the watching gallery. The reasoning behind the session was then discussed in a workshop and questions invited from the gathered coaches.
A huge indoor dome had been hired by BWSC due to the snow and freezing weather, minus 26c some days and the visiting coaches made full use of this facility giving coaching demonstrations on both attacking and defending themes which were presented in various formats from Technical and Skill sessions through to Functions and Phases of Play. Once again the gathered coaches were eager to take part and asked probing questions.
Off the field the hospitality shown to both Jack and Mark was second to none. The accommodation provided was superb and both coaches wanted for nothing. During some down time, Dave Vanstone, one of the coaches on the course, volunteered to take them to visit Niagara Falls, an experience that both Jack and Mark will never forget. Thanks once again Dave.
Overall the programme was well received by all involved and as was the intention, challenged the thinking of all the staff at BWSC.
"Our intention was to share ideas that would stimulate thinking and challenge the thought processes of the BWSC coaches and I firmly believe that we achieved this."