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PNE next Generation learn from Myerscough starlets

Posted on Thursday 08 November 2012

Preston North End’s next generation spent their half-term break receiving coaching and fitness training from Myerscough College’s talented Football Coaching students at the College’s Preston campus.

Myerscough welcomed Preston players from Under 9 level right through to Under 16 level for the three day Coaching and Fitness camp.  While at the College, the players received coaching, fitness testing and advice from Myerscough College’s 1st and 2nd Year FdA Football Coaching students.

The students were responsible for every aspect of organising and delivering the camp, from recording training data and compiling evidence based fitness reports, to the delivery of coaching sessions, and designing and delivering fitness sessions to assess and improve the overall fitness of PNE’s youngsters.

This gave the students the chance to gain valuable practical experience to compliment their academic learning, as well as increasing their future employability by working with a big name such as Preston North End.

Current Preston North End Academy coach and Head of the FdA Coaching Programme at Myerscough College, Chris Yiannaki, believes opportunities to gain practical experience is vitally important for students.

He said: “Whilst technical knowledge and understanding is essential for football coaches, it’s the practical, hands-on experience that can make a difference on a CV and help claim that all important first-job once students leave College.

Every student is given a clear job role at the start of the camp and it’s their responsibility to complete their tasks and make sure these talented young players get the highest quality coaching while they’re here. It’s fantastic for our students to work with such a big name as Preston North End so I must thank the club for putting their trust in Myerscough College.”

The FdA Football Coaching degree is designed to provide students with the practical skills, academic knowledge and coaching expertise to gain employment as coaches in the football industry. Students are given a solid grounding in the academic principles of football coaching and its delivery in practice, as well as given work experience opportunities and the chance to put theory into practice throughout the year.

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