Pilot programme underway to help deliver better coaching at our club

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Former All Whites and Wellington Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert is leading a pilot programme to help support and develop coaching standards throughout Cambridge FC.

More than 30 junior and youth coaches are participating in the first stages of the programme which aims to standardise the way the club coaches its young players.

Herbert, who is Cambridge FC’s Technical Director, says it’s important players benefit from a coaching programme that is designed to provide coaches with the resources they need to run good sessions.

“It’s important we provide a curriculum that coaches can follow, and to give them resources such as session plans, drills and games,” Herbert said.

“We’re trying to work together as a group to support coaches and to share the ideas and practices that help them improve.”

Herbert said a recent meeting of more than 30 coaches had established a pilot group who will run four training sessions during August, using coaching materials provided by Herbert, so feedback can be shared with others.

An end-of-term review will add polish to the programme “so we can hit the ground running at the start of 2020”, Herbert said.

“It will take 2-3 years to really see the benefits of the programme coming through but I’m delighted so far with the enthusiasm and commitment of the club to make this happen.”

  • Ricki Herbert’s work with our coaches is made possible by the support of the Grassroots Trust. 
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