There is little literature aimed at developing the soccer skills of primary school children, so Malcolm Cook's book is very timely, particularly with the advent of the Football Association's Academies for the coaching and development of young soccer players beginning to take off.
For anyone to achieve sporting greatness, they need to have an aptitude for their chosen game, as well as the ability to learn and develop the skills associated with the sport. This is where this book comes in, as children between seven and 11 years old still have a tremendous enthusiasm and capacity to learn.
Malcolm Cook has been coaching soccer for 30 years and has successfully brought together his vast experience as a coach and teacher in this easy-to-follow and practical manual which is designed for both new and experienced coaches of this age group. It will undoubtedly help young players to have fun and play well as they develop their skills and knowledge of the UK's national sport.
A wide range of fully illustrated progressive practice drills, which cover the essential skills as well as warming up and down, are included to help such young players to develop. Passing, shooting, heading, dribbling and running with the ball, crossing and even goalkeeping all come under close scrutiny.
The book doesn't attempt to teach coaches how to coach, but it does offer fresh ideas on what to coach.
As well as easy-to-use instructions, each drill contains information on the equipment needed, the space required and the organisation of players.
Fun, educational and challenging, this book will be of great assistance to anyone involved in coaching and teaching soccer to youngsters in this age group; in particular, their parents!
Reviewed by Ben Naylor
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