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Soccer Diet (online course)

The Simplest Way to Improve Your Team's Performance
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The objective of the course is to assist coaches to improve the diet of their players with the goal of improving performance on the pitch.

The course components include video lectures for 14 modules, more than 100 interactive tasks and 150 video clips, and advice on dealing with real life scenarios faced by coaches. You are helped to set up your own blog for your players and their parents to improve their diet. As part of the course, you join an online community of soccer diet experts and other coaches.

“I found the whole programme well set out and very informative. It was useful for me at this stage to undertake some kind of “refresher” as well as updating my nutritional knowledge.” Andy Williams, Head Coach English Schools FA Under 18 International Team.

The course has been developed with Jay Williams, a Professor of Exercise Science in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise at Virginia Tech, USA and the author of “The Science behind Soccer Nutrition.” Prof Williams has a long history of working with athletes, ranging from kindergarten soccer players to Olympic track and field stars.

As soon as you complete the purchase you will be contacted by email by the course leader and will be free to start the course.

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The 5 objectives of the course and the online community are:

– To test coaches’ knowledge through the Introductory Quiz.
– To confirm and clarify knowledge in each of the modules so that coaches can answer questions asked by players and parents.
– To apply knowledge to the scenarios we have created.
– To develop a digital resource (we recommend a blog) to influence and engage players and parents.
– To be an ongoing resource for coaches in the area of soccer diet.

The course includes the following topics:

– Does Nutrition Affect Performance?
– The Importance of Energy
– Maintaining & Replenishing Muscle Glycogen
– Hydration
– Are Supplements needed?
– Making Solid Selections
– Matchday Strategies
– The Congested Calendar
– Eating on the Run
– Keeping a Diet and Training Journal

As part of the course you interact with Professor Jay Williams and can download all 15 chapters of his book on soccer nutrition (worth £14 / $20)

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Rated 4.14 out of 5 stars
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14 reviews for Soccer Diet (online course)

  1. 5 out of 5

    "It was truly an outstanding learning experience!

    It is the first course I've seen that deals with the nature of teams and group dynamics instead of techniques and tactics.

    Interesting, thought provoking and extremely realistic regarding the situations that come up within high level teams on a daily basis.

    Being able to work through scenarios, exchange viewpoints with other professionals on the course was very beneficial."

    - John Pascarella - Assistant Coach, Sporting KC, MLS - USA

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  2. 4 out of 5

    Just wanted to let you know that I have received some great responses from my athletes' parents regarding my new blog (https://coachnmartin.wordpress.com) which I developed as a result of completing this course.

    I posted it onto my Facebook page and a friend in Michigan (whose son plays at a rather high level up there) loved the idea and how I'd begun it.

    She said she'll insist that all the boys there read it and the parents are aware of it. You know, as the title of the course says, this really is a simple thing to do and the parents are eager for this information.

    I've said it many times before, but thank you again for putting out good, solid and productive courses for coaches.

    - Nicholas Martin, Head Coach, McCallum High School - USA

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  3. 5 out of 5

    "I found the whole program well set out and very informative. It was useful for me at this stage to undertake some kind of 'refresher' as well as updating my nutritional knowledge.

    This was the perfect tool. I thought the sound bite video clips/powerpoints used to summarise each chapter were helpful in the sense that they focus on the main points without all of the research/evidence that back up each point.

    Having access to the reading material and not having to source it all myself through the web (which as is pointed out is full of misleading and inaccurate information) again was a major plus of the program.

    I did enjoy the scenarios, because ultimately that is our work as a football coach and negotiating these moments is a test of our knowledge and skills, and is often a weakness and therefore left untouched."

    - Andy Williams, Head Coach English Schools FA Under 18 International Team

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  4. 5 out of 5

    I'd recommend this course to all coaches and managers who work in senior football.

    I found it far more valuable and relevant to my own situation. Top value and top content.

    I particularly enjoyed the video content, listening to managers talking about real life football experiences.

    - Hugo Langton, 1st Team Coach - Eastbourne Borough FC - England

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  5. 4 out of 5

    "I have just completed the course and cannot wait to start my own blog on Soccer diet and how by eating a solid diet it can help improve performance.

    As a youth coach I feel it is necessary to help educate my players on this topic.

    All aspects of the course were of tremendous value to me, I love the idea of the reflective learning aspect with the player journals and really getting them to think seriously about their diet."

    - Darren Spurrier, UEFA B Coach, New Jersey, USA and owner of Darren Spurrier Soccer Training Website

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  6. 4 out of 5

    'I would like to express how much I have enjoyed completing this course.

    I have seen this as a journey in my coaching/managerial career, where I have valued sharing past experiences, listening to many of the top class managers and voicing my own opinions towards all of the scenarios and activities'

    - Ross Bond, City Football Schools- Age Group Co-ordinator, City Football Services (Manchester City FC, NY City FC, Melbourne City FC, Yokohama F,Marinos)

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  7. 5 out of 5

    "The whole course was brilliant.

    The question asking to consider how I like to be coached and how I like to communicate was very thought provoking as were many of the questions of the course."

    - Chris Panayiotou - Youth Director of Coaching, MYSC Rush - USA

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  8. 3 out of 5

    "The course was very factual, informative and very beneficial".

    - Gary Burke, Maryland ODP U13 boys Head Coach 2012 - USA

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  9. 4 out of 5

    "The information I have gained throughout all parts of Courses 1 & 2 have been enlightening in regards to thought processes of all who were interviewed. Information they provided was educational in fact exceptionally so.

    I can sincerely say all have been invaluable. The structured delivery of both courses and tasks/activities to complete lead and encourage you to the next.

    I have been on numerous courses spanning nearly 30 years including those while a member of the Southampton Premier League Academy coaching staff I can place these courses at the very top and as such will be encouraging current colleagues to enrol as a matter of urgency - Great job by all involved in both courses".

    - Chris Palmer, Southampton FC Academy, England

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  10. 4 out of 5

    'I thought the course was excellent, I've been telling the guys in the office here to book on the course.

    The last module on communication was fascinating, its nice to hear top coaches giving their experiences of dealing with players'.

    - Keith Harmes - Chelsea F.C. Academy - UK

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Course looks good.

    I checked many of the videos and the information given. It is precise and simple, effective....And good information of course!

    - Sigi Ragnar Eyjólfsson, Technical Director Icelandic Football Association and Head Coach Icelandic Women's International Team

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  12. 4 out of 5

    "I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the module.

    It was extremely helpful and worthwhile, providing me with some great insights and it helped me to think about the game and management more, providing me with new ideas to move forward as a coach"

    - Colin Jack, Academy Coach,Hibernian FC - Scotland

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  13. 4 out of 5

    Lots of very good points and interesting video links in this course.

    I like the emphasis of balance and timing within the examples, which was crucial in many of the scenarios that came up.

    Heat of the moment for us all brings out who we really are and makes us wiser and more prepared for the future when you find yourself going through these sort of experiences.

    - Billy Davies, former Manager of Nottingham Forest FC

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  14. 3 out of 5

    'The biggest plus point for me was seeing top mangers sharing their views and how the work for'.

    - Andy Rohman, Coach Accrington Stanley FC, England

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