Quotes of the week –
“Practice makes permanent”
(Sir Bobby Robson)
“Anyone can play a game of football, you see a game on a Sunday, pub games, they all love
a game of football. The real players had a practice ethic about them”
(Sir Alex Ferguson)
Advice – The Fitness Chiefs Top Tips
Continuous practice will ensure consistency in your play.
Regular sports practice (in this case football) will develop your general life skills, as well as
football skills. Skills such as your technique, tactical awareness of the game, health and
fitness, stamina, reactions, decision making, relationships, discipline and interpersonal
Footballers and sports people alike need to develop perseverance! You learn never to quit,
to never give up or give in, what-ever the circumstances maybe. Have faith that you will
develop as a player and as a person; you don’t know what will happen in the future and to
always remain positive.
Your ability is what you’re capable of doing, however your motivation and determination both
determine what you can achieve. A player’s attitude towards something determines how well
you perform. Commitment to the cause is your greatest asset.
One of the best ways to acquire game intelligence is to train and practice with different
coaches, players and at various clubs throughout the year. This will help you develop as a
player. You will learn different perspectives and expand your strategic repertoire.
Adopting this approach will allow players to learn to play according to the philosophies and
tactical styles of a variation of teams / clubs. Some programs even offer theoretical
workshops and video analysis where they discuss the decision-making skills of each player
on the pitch.
Developing a player’s game intelligence requires an excessive amount of match play and
training time dedication and an even greater amount of reflection. The most intelligent
players always reflect on their mistakes and determine what they would do differently to
improve their performance.
Important information / facts of the week –
• Football is played with the brain, the more you play the more you learn.
• The intelligent players are always the ones who stand out the most.
• In order to get better at anything in life you have to practice, fail, practice. It’s the
exact same with football, you must play, fail, play and keep on repeating.
• In football you will have some highs, but you will also have many lows.
• The older you get the more you realise that giving 100% is the only way to minimise
the lows. Even if you lose matches, giving 100% means that you couldn’t have done
• Giving 100% during training means that you will improve even if the quality isn’t quite
• Having that 100% mentality and demanding it from others is vital to your success.
Practise regularly and always try to enjoy your training time. Otherwise it becomes very
difficult to continue to play the beautiful game at any level!
The Fitness Chief