The England 100-club will soon have a new member. Wayne Rooney was just 17 years old when he made his senior debut as a substitute at Upton Park and became the Three Lions’ youngest ever player, breaking a 124-year record. Eleven-and-a-half years on, the 29-year-old is set reach his... Read more
St. George’s Park impresses David Beckham
David Beckham admitted he was amazed by the facilities at St. George’s Park and said it’s a “dream” place for England’s players to train.  On his first visit to the national football centre in Staffordshire, the former Three Lions captain was impressed with the facilities, which include 12 external... Read more
Steven Gerrard retires from international football
Steven Gerrard admitted his decision to retire from international duty was “one of the toughest” of his career but the skipper loked back fondly at his 14-year England career. And while he says he would love to be able to continue playing for his country, with Champions League football... Read more
The Youth Award Module 2 got me back in the mood for coaching courses and ready for what would, to date, be my biggest challenge in coaching – the UEFA B Licence. I had wanted to get on the course ever since I picked up the bug on the Level 2... Read more
Jamie has taken his next steps along the coaching pathway and is now working towards the UEFA B coaching licence… January’s Youth Award Module 2 got me back in the mood for coaching courses and ready for what would, to date, be my biggest challenge in coaching – the UEFA B... Read more
Youth Award Module 2 – Course Blog
Jamie completed The FA Youth Award Module 2 ‘Developing the Practice’ in January 2014. To learn more about this four-day course and what is involved, click on the links below… Day One – The Practice Spectrum Day Two – Developing Skill Day Three – Practice Makes Permanent Day Four –... Read more
Having read through much of the course literature since Saturday’s session, we gathered back at the venue in Colchester on Friday and the first task was to quiz the other candidates on the subjects raised in the pre-course reading. Split into groups, we each came up with five questions from... Read more
After Friday’s focus on developing coaching sessions and the practice spectrum, we returned to the venue literally a stone’s throw from Colchester United’s old Layer Road ground – now a housing estate – to talk about skill. Thinking back to the Level Two course and when the question ‘what is skill?’ was... Read more
Two years ago I was like a man possessed as I finally began the Level Two coaching award. It is an intensive course and it really got me hooked, so much so that, with my final assessment still to do I’d already enrolled on the first part of the new FA... Read more
By Jamie Bradbury in Jerusalem Roy Hodgson and David Bernstein were given a poignant insight into the Holocaust during an emotional visit to Yad Vashem, the World Centre of Holocaust Research in Jerusalem. Last summer, while in Poland for Euro 2012, Hodgson and Bernstein took some members of the... Read more