Planning my next training session

At my club we are going to coach right through to the new season with no break – the plan is to run some training camps in August so the players are ready for playing contact matches again.

This means I need a number of different games to get them up to speed for going into the camps and ultimately into pre-season. My players are desperate for some contact games but I am careful they don’t go too full on because they haven’t done contact for some time.

What shape pre-season will take I am not sure but the games below will be ideal for different age groups before you go into pre-season training.

Also I have released two pods this week, the latest episode of my Touchline Tales podcast is about Coach Mentors and I’ve also just released one with Chris Panayiotou, the Director of Coaching for Virginia Rush senior boys – Looking Beyond Winning.

Keep players up to date with the shape you want your players to keep next season. Team shape – pass from the back is a great game to play that gets players alert to the ball from the back.

If you have younger players make sure their techniques are up to scratch before you go into pre-season with Dribble the ball 5 yards and score. This works for other techniques as well – try my session for Running with the ball.

Finally Beat two and score is a dream practice for players who love to show off their skill and dribbling ability. Players must compete to dribble outside the opponent’s end line and into a second 1v1 situation where a quick change of direction can give them the opportunity to shoot.

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