New style soccer coaching comes to Morley

A YORKSHIRE-based football coaching scheme attracting worldwide interest in its unique way of teaching youngsters become confident and complete players is on its way to Morley.

Total Soccer Limited (TSL), is run by Gerard Exley who has devised a four stage scientific coaching programme, the Circuit of Excellence (COE), to improve footballers' skills regardless of age or ability to help develop the complete player.

The programme, which is being rolled out across the company's schools and coaching clinics, involves four 15-minute sessions to help with all aspects football learning covering the disciplines of movement skills; technique drills; skill drills and small sided games.

"I devised it like this because for example, some players are quick but lack ball control, while others have great control but are slow and the COE will teach players to have all of the components required to play the game," explained Gerard.

"The circuits are broken down into 15 minute sessions but can be reduced or increased to suit individuals requirements."

TSL has already established sites in Ossett, Leeds, Huddersfield, Bradford, Harrogate and Barnsley and is due to run a one-day soccer school at Cross Hall School in Morley on Friday, February 11 and a 10-week coaching course at the school, starting on Thursday, March 3 (4-5pm).

Total Soccer has also branched out to Bristol and the South West where former Ipswich Town and England international Russell Osman is in charge of the schools and this year there are plans to open new centres in Rotherham, York and Hull, where the school is being endorsed by another former England star Nicky Barmby.

The company uses fully qualified coaches and former professionals like Gareth Stoker, Wayne Noteman, Paul Allen and Gary Hobson.

"It has taken me five years of hard work and countless hours of research, watching games, training sessions and visiting other countries and clubs in Europe to put the Circuit of Excellence together," said Gerard.

"I piloted it at one of my own schools and the children and parents were very receptive to the ideas and could see the difference the COE was making.

"It is more of an educational coaching programme which I also would like to take into local schools.

"The programme is not just about running around with a ball, but by getting the children's minds and bodies working together by using various methods and techniques such as movement to music and dance to improve their co-ordination, balance and rhythmic movement.

"The beauty of it is that is can be done by all children regardless of age and ability and can also be used in different sports like rugby, hockey, netball, basketball, cricket and so on, to help individuals become better at their chosen sports."

For further information contact Total Soccer's offices on 0870 242 3532.