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Merfyn Roberts, FA coach educator for the social corner, outlines 10 top-tips to help improve player behaviour.

1) Create a club language

Kids need to understand what the expectations are at your club. Try and use language like “when you’re wearing the club badge we expect…” and “when you’re training with us on a Saturday morning this is what we do…”. All this helps to give the kids a chance to learn within a consistent framework.   Continue reading “TOP 10 TIPS FOR MANAGING PLAYER BEHAVIOUR”

BREAKING – Hundreds come forward and Report abuse to Police.

Grassroots understands that the number of people that have came forward and reported abuse within football, current and historic,  to police forces around England now stands at 350.


What at first appeared to be isolated cases may well turn out to be the biggest scandal to rock football in recent memory, the shear numbers coming forward have led organisations such as The FA and The NSPCC to put in place dedicated helplines for victims.

The scandal surrounding allegations of historical child sex abuse in football could spread to other sports, a senior police officer has warned.


A “significant” number of other alleged victims of abuse are likely to come forward and further sporting governing bodies may report similar problems, Chief Constable Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) lead for child protection, said.

The horrifying thought that this could be happening within a sport followed by and loved by millions of children leaves a chill running down our spines.


The NSPCC which this week set up a dedicated hotline – on 0800 023 2642 – for football-related cases.



3 points at what cost !! Will I sacrifice player participation for the win…..

I never wrote a match report on Saturday!

Why ?

Because I was more interested in the physiological effect the 3 points would impact on me as coach. I always revisit games for days afterwards in my head.

The what if’s, the buts, the why’s and when’s. How can I help the children for next week. Unlike any other week this week was extra important. I needed to ask myself what impact the 3 points had over being fair.

Did the win sacrifice player participation? Luckily the answer is No. But it quite easily could have. I learnt of the added pressure for 3 points. Why ? Parent pressure, league pressure, team/club rivalry. Ex coaches showing their abundance of trophies at that level.

The only people not to accept any pressure is the children. They just want to play football and have fun, right ? If I was guilty of one thing it was taking the ownership away from the kids. I pigeon holed them into their best positions, I got lost in the environment and focused on 3 points. Do I feel great for it ? No and neither do the kids.


They don’t care about the 3 points. Don’t get me wrong wanting to win is perfectly natural, but kids would rather play and lose than warm the bench and win Roll on next week, back to full player ownership.

Athletes learn by doing, not by watching ! Don’t deprive children the opportunity to learn. Once the 3 points take priority excluding and demoralising a child in the process by turning them into part playing bench warmers it’s time to step down as a coach and go home.

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I’m old enough to know I’m not good enough to play, maybe it’s time for me to walk away.

I sit on the sidelines waiting my turn.

I can’t wait to get on and have energy to burn.

I tried my best in training.

I tried my best at school.

I’ve behaved well for Mam and dad and always for coach.

I ask coach if I can play and he says the game is really tight.

If you let me on I will play with all my might.

It’s not so fun stuck on the side alone.

While my friends are playing and I’m cold to the bone.

I know others are better but I always try my best.

How will I get better if I don’t play with the rest.

My coach wants to win, I just want to play.

This is my childhood at the end of the day.

I thought this was fun but it’s not anymore.

Coach isn’t interested in me only the score.

I’m old enough to know I’m not good enough to play, maybe it’s time for me to walk away.


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