Included below are a number of refence materials which may assist in your role as coach. These include information on how to ensure your players are safe and fit, an online coaching course for Small Whites and instruction on conducting a session
Coaching and Injury Prevention
Playing a game isn't enough to develop the fitness required for peak performance and injury prevention. If you are not already, now is the time to start preparing your players for a safe, successful and enjoyable season. It doesn't matter how good a player is, if they're not fit, or they get injured, they won't perform at their best, if at all! And if one player's performance suffers, the teams performance suffers.
Fit for Football - Warming Up, Cooling Down and Stretching
A thorough warw-up and cool-down is crucial to prepare the body for the activity to come, this time and next time. The most important thing is to greadually increase body temperature and them to get the body into the positions it will need to adopt during play (jogging, side-stepping, skippping etc) followed by dynamic stretches (leg swings, walking lunges etc) is adeal. Ball work and then some higher intensity movement should then follow. build up to maximum sprinting gradually and don't let anyone take shots on goal until they are fully warmed up.