My son or daughter is behind their friends in football and lacks confidence?
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by alice hutch
1y ago
Many parents often contact me with this question, concerned their child is a little behind their peers, whether it’s school football or the local grassroots team. I’m fortunate enough to have had over 20 years of experience in football coaching, these 2 decades have given me the opportunity to coach and see 100’s of young players develop. Having this wealth of experience I can honestly tell parents not to panic… Kids develop at different rates. The gold medalist at 7, 8 or 9 is often not the gold medalist further down the line. Football, like any other area, is a skill-based game and we as par ..read more
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4 Skills Every Defender Needs
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by alice hutch
1y ago
It’s essential for defenders to have a variety of skills in their locker. Defenders need to be able to control the game, keep possession and play forwards. The key is to keep pressure on the opposing team to stop them from creating chances and create space when playing forwards. Whether you’re a U8 or a first-team player, here are the key skills you want from a top defender in possession Aerial control Often the ball enters your half from Goal Kicks, Free Kicks or volleys, it’s important that you can control the ball from an aerial pass. This includes using your head, chest, knees as well as y ..read more
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Manchester United sign 1-on-1 client, Harrison Parker
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by alice hutch
1y ago
We are super proud of Harrison Parker signing for Manchester United’s U15’s. Harrison’s dad approached leading skills coach, Saul Isaksson-Hurst, 4 years ago to support Harrison in addition to his academy training. At the time Harrison didn’t have much confidence on the ball and needed to improve his technical skills and control. “Harrison came to me as a U12 without and confidence on the ball his dad asked me to supplement the excellent work he got at his club with some world class ball mastery. He’s now U15s and one of the most technically gifted Centre Backs in the country…hard work pays o ..read more
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Linking Ball Mastery To The Game
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by alice hutch
1y ago
Master your techniques to take into game situations Mastering 1v1 skills and ball mastery in an in-game situation is guaranteed to make you the game-changer. However, practising 1v1 skills alone or with a teammate is completely different to using those skills in-game.  To be able to use your 1v1 skills under pressure, you need to practice every day and build muscle memory.  Practising ball mastery will build confidence, technical ability, control and co-ordination which you can take into your game.  The trick is to start practising ball mastery in opposed situations, this means ..read more
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Noni Madueke’s Pre Season Pays Off
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by alice hutch
1y ago
PDA Football 1 on 1 Head Coach Saul Isaksson-Hurst has been training with PSV’s attacking midfielder, Noni Madueke. Saul and Noni have been working over pre-season on 1v1 opportunities, specific to his position to create goal-scoring opportunities. Saul used unopposed training to Noni’s training and linked all the drills realistic game scenarios ready for the pitch. Noni scored in the Champions League against Galatasaray and two in the cup final, of which two goals are identical to what Saul and Noni worked on. Check out Noni’s goals below! Here is what Noni had to say about working with Saul ..read more
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5 Key Attributes Of Top Midfielders
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by alice hutch
2y ago
What makes a great midfielder? Why do Thiago, Phil Foden and KDB stand out? There is no magic formula but there are attributes that every top midfielder must master. Here are 5 key midfielder attributes that you would see in a top-class footballer: 1. Receiving under pressure – At the highest level of the game you have to be able to receive the ball under pressure. 2. Breaking lines -The best players can break lines with the ball at their feet… exploiting space and dominating 1v1 in central areas. 3. Body movement & shapes – How you move your body efficiently ..read more
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Key benefits of having a 1 to 1 Football Coach
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by alice hutch
2y ago
Team training normally only involves a few hours a week and the amount of time players get to spend on the ball and to focus on the individual is limited. Making sure players have good quality time on the ball is crucial for a player’s development.  1on1 time with an expert is beneficial to boost both ability and confidence.  Build confidence   Confidence plays a huge role in whether a football player succeeds and that is where 1on1 soccer training can help. Training in a positive environment where the focus is all about the player can help to break down mental barriers and ..read more
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How to get more power on your shots
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by alice hutch
2y ago
Being able to get the perfect amount of power on your shot is just as important as being able to shoot on target.  Hitting a powerful shot does not require putting all your strength into your shot. In fact, this will actually hinder the shot, it’s about focusing on technique rather than power. Start making good habits and learn the right technique of striking the ball to achieve more powerful shots. In Sauls easy to follow steps, you can learn how perfect your technique from the run-up to the finish. Moving Ball – The only time a ball will be static if for free kicks, corners and penalti ..read more
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Nottingham Forrest signs Cyrus Christie
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by alice hutch
2y ago
Cyrus Christie has signed a season-long loan deal for Nottingham Forrest FC from Fulham. The PDA 1 on 1 client and Head Coach, Saul, have been working together for the last couple of years. The right-back has become Nottingham’s ninth recruit of the summer. Head coach, Sabri Lamouchi, puts the final touches together as the squad prepare for a promotion to The Premier League. After already securing a promotion to the Premier League for Fulham, Christie arrives with experience and determination. “It is great to come here to a club with great ambition. I am looking forward to the ..read more
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Goal Setting
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by alice hutch
2y ago
Setting football goals for the upcoming season will not only help your mental training, but it will also measure your performance. Here are some tips from PDA Football to help you set your goals. Think about having 3 different goal stages: Short Term – Your next game Medium Term – Your next 5/10 games Long Term – End of the season First, you need to start with having your end of season goals, for example, you want to score 20 goals, your medium goal would be to try and score three games in a row and your short term goal should be to create 5 shooting chances per a game. Then think about ..read more
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