My approach to coaching
My name is Declan Cooke I have coached the Cork Youths to All-Ireland success for the first time in 27 years, season 2011/12 beating the DDSL in Tolka Park. I am currently coaching the Munster U17 squad season 2012/13, along with coaching at Ireland’s only Youth Academy in Cork with the Cork Youth League. Currently I’m also involved with the Carrigaline United Afc premier under-14 team season 2012/13 who are doing really well.
Along with Tony Drinan, we use a number of tried and tested coaching methods during every session at Carrigaline. Our team are playing with the Cork Schoolboys League. we have 7 players on our squad who have being named on the Cork U14 Kennedy Cup Squad which is a first for any team to do so.
All children who participate in Speedsoccer will benefit from these coaching techniques and methods.
My primary reason for starting Speedsoccer is to increase player and coach awareness of the need to maximise a player’s ability at a young age. The window of opportunity is a small one-the maximum benefit from this method of training is attainted between the ages of 7 and 14.
More about my background
I joined the Carrigaline Soccer Academy as a coach. Afterwards, I was invited to take up the role of Coach Co-Ordinator. During my time in this role I oversaw the development of the Carrigaline Academy to its current standing. Today, the Academy includes 450 children between the ages of 6 to 10 years of age. There are 45 coaches involved. I introduced coaching standards to all Academy teams and to this day it has fantastic results with each of the teams all competing at their own level, with 4 of these teams all in the the top 3 of their respective premier divisions Nov 2012. This involved compiling mission statements for both the Academy and the Schoolboy teams and the development of training guides for all coaches. These guides are tailored to achieve the maximum benefit for the child being coached during each training session. There is a different development plan for each age group.
I have completed coaching courses with the FAI, Kick Start 1, Kick Start 2, UEFA Youth Cert and currently undergoing UEFA B April 2013. I have also obtained qualifications in SAQ (Speed, Agility, Quickness). I have studied PFCS (Physical fitness and conditioning for sport) techniques at Setanta College, which is Ireland’s Number 1 coaching College for field and court sports also I am a qualified OFA occupational first aider.
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