Training coaches in ‘The Falkirk Way’

The Falkirk Foundation's recent coaches in service day
The Falkirk Foundation's recent coaches in service day

Falkirk Foundation has held its first coach ‘in service day’ of the season at Westfield.

As well as being the first chance that the community coaches had the chance to play on the new hallowed plastic turf at Westfield, they also unveiled new coaching equipment and learned computer skills to further the lessons they are teaching local players.

The two groups of coaches who were in attendance took part in a practical and a theoretical session focused on coaching “The Falkirk Way”. Standards were set in an opening presentation on what is expected of coaches, session planning and themes for coaching over the next eight weeks.

More than 1000 children pass through the doors of the FFCF each week, playing in leagues and training sessions from senior women, under-16s all the way through to pre-school age groups.

Richard Fox, Falkirk Foundation’s Football Development Officer, told The Falkirk Herald: “We have volunteer coaches - but to deliver the Falkirk FC philosophy a lot has to go into it - it’s sessions like these that are crucial to the development of our coaches - 
it’s hard work.

“The community foundation, and coaching methods, are constantly evolving so we hold these days regularly to give the support, practical and organisational skills needed to our coaches and help them plan and prepare their sessions.

“A recent development is having the senior Falkirk first team here. It is invaluable for me to watch the guys go about their day-to-day training and take tips and drills from Gary Holt’s preparations and apply them to our own and that’s something we spoke about both on the pitch and in the classroom at the in-service day.”

The most exciting news of all though is that the FFCF have now invested in a brand new football session planning software tool which will allow coaches to have access to 1000s of sessions from some of the best coaches from all over the world.

The new program was demonstrated and “showed how we can standardise all of our coaching sessions and increase the level of professional coaching direction being delivered to all of our community football teams, whilst still allowing our volunteers to have their own input into all sessions,” explained Foxy, who is approaching his ten-year anniversary of being involved in the Bairns’ community coaching section. He can co-ordinate and track all coaching sessions that are being delivered throughout the foundation with the computer.

“The progress made in the past few months is visible for all to see. All of programmes benefit from access to the FFC pitch and are allocated slots over the 12 hours available to us. The majority of matches for our teams now take place on the pitch giving our members access to the best facilities and support available to meet the needs of each individual.

“The coaches put the effort in and I’m sure we’ll see the benefit over the coming weeks and months.”