Article by Premier League legend and one of English football’s bright young coaching talents, Steven Gerrard
In it, he endorses Harrow United’s coaching ethos, built around clear principles of play, technical and physical development and an understanding of what it takes to be competitive and succeed as a team.
Unlike so many alternative ‘skills providers’ our balanced approach develops technique and skill, team play and a competitive mentality NOT ball juggling circus acts who showboat in training, then get ‘found out’ in matches
”Steven Gerrard out to address Academy ‘showboat mentality’ as Liverpool legend eyes more steel”
Gerrard believes there’s a “showboating mentality” in English academies and he says emerging talent must toughen up if they are going to succeed at the top level.
“There is a showboating mentality. A lot of kids that play the game think they have to do 10 lollipops or Cruyff turns to look good or stand out.
“There are a lot of skilful players in the game that young players try and emulate – probably too much instead of trying to be themselves and playing to their own strengths.
….the article can be found in full in this weeks Guardian, Mirror and Liverpool Echo