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Project restart made simple

My team is looking forward to having lock down lifted and I aim to be ready for that first training session when we can start to get back to something remotely resembling normality with my players.

I’m one of the lucky ones that has a lot of support from the club with all that comes with coaching and managing a grassroots team but I know a lot of coaches will be looking for support as they face the challenges of getting back to training.

Over the next few weeks I hope to make it easy for you to plan your route back to full training with sessions that you can use within the constraints of the numbers you can use at training. Training will initially be non-contact and social distancing will need to be observed. For ease coaches should only use balls, cones and goals, with minimal use of bibs or other equipment that is harder to disinfect after each session.

In England the FA has advised 5 or fewer players plus a coach, no contact and 2m distance between players.

Try the sessions below that I will use with my players under the new guidelines:

Non-contact passing for 5 players Passing sequences are fun ways to get your team used to linking play and using the ball with good direction and weight. You can see a sequence like this put to good use when coaching playing out from the back, counter-attacking and midfield play. It requires practice in technique and skill.

In the second session, if you want your team to have more creative options in the final third, use Non-contact support patterns to encourage players to support team-mates and improve first-touch and accurate passing.

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