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An MoF Coach

As well as being punctual and reliable, these are

qualities that MoF coaches should have and be growing:


Assessing player needs

A learning coach


The MoF Session Checklist



The 7 things that a MoF session must have:

Problem statement

Session plan

Game-based learning

Simple, varied activities

High 'Active Learning Time'

Fair, fun, inclusive behaviours

Uninterrupted games (joy & flow)


5 key inputs into the session of an expert MoF coach:

Coaching interventions

Managing difference

Child collaboration and problem solving

Providing feedback to children

Bridging learning



Futsal Club

4pm Red class



End of session de-brief

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The current and future children that we coach need us to keep improving.

When we think back on how we were as coaches two years ago or five years ago or ten years ago, we will probably admit to having changed a great deal over that time. Growth is constant, even though we may hardly notice it week to week. Growth can be made more rapid and more specific if we take time and effort to channel it and nurture it. 

MoF is very proud of its coaching staff. A major product of the programme is the development of effective, confident coaches. MoF coaches have gone on to do some amazing things and work in varied roles in and out of football. Whatever the future holds for us as coaches, people, learners, parents,or whatever else, we want all our coaches to look back at their time at MoF and remember it to be a time when they grew, changed and developed for the better.

The ideas below aim to give you inspiration and direction to your journey as a MoF coach.

Who are you?

Real change doesn't happen because you have a new practice idea or you went to watch someone do a session that you thought was really cool. Real change isn't about where to put your cones, or what clever question to ask the children. Real change is not a read of a superficial coaching manual, or the completion of a new Level of coaching qualification. Real change comes from a better understanding of Who You Are. What makes you, you? What do you stand for? 

There are many ways to start or continue discovering this. One way to begin is to write down your coaching philosophy. Try a Google search of "coaching philosophy" for more info and ideas on how to this.

If you want to go deeper - and you really should go deeper - then start asking yourself not just what you believe, but why you believe it. Ask yourself where your main convictions came from, see if you can work out what made you the way you are. Get inspired, watch videos about personal discovery, read books about life, talk frankly to people you admire or who know you well, always asking yourself: Who am I, and why am I like that?

You may find that it is very tricky to answer these questions without going back deep into your childhood. And if this is the case - that we are all mostly products of our childhood - then perhaps we need to question how well those decisions about ourselves and our lives (that we made when we were children) really serve the children we are now responsible for.

If you have time, then write a deeper biography about yourself. See the link below for an attempt to do this:

Suggestions for Coach Evaluation

At a more superficial (but useful nonetheless!) level, here are some suggestions on how to improve your coaching to become a better MoF coach:

  • Get a generic Coach Evaluation by Mark. This will include a detailed breakdown of your session, with ALT measurements.
  • Watch another MoF coach, ideally someone who is strong in the area that you are weak. Observe, make notes, reflect, add to your own coaching.
  • Get another MoF coach to observe you and give you feedback – in specific areas. This can be a very useful way of sharing ideas and best practice.
  • Co-coach or team coach. Spend time developing, delivering and evaluating a session with someone else, ideally someone who is strong in an area that you perceive yourself being weaker in.
  • Visit other similar programmes to watch more experienced coaches work (ask Mark for suggestions)
  • Reflect on your sessions after you’ve delivered them – what worked and what didn’t? Why? (see Mark for ideas and suggestions)
  • Video your session, watch it back and reflect on your session design and delivery.
  • Get feedback from parents and from children (see Mark for ideas and suggestions)
  • Go on courses: FA Levels 1 and 2; Premier Skills Pratice Play courses; FA Futsal L1 and L2
  • Attend MoF Coach Education sessions (these usually happen every term or half-term)
  • Read articles and research, watch videos (see Mark for ideas and suggestions)

Build a picture of yourself as a MoF Coach, in relation to the Session Checklist (see Circle diagram below). Identify areas that you want to improve in, and tailor your planning, delivery and reflection to focus on these areas.

Evaluating sessions

Evaluation of sessions needn’t take a long time, but reflection and evaluation is absolutely necessary in order to improve and grow. Try finding 15 mins the day after a session to think about:

  • What activity worked best? Why?
  • How did children react? Was there any misbehaviour? Why/why not?
  • What would you change in this session for next time?
  • What was the biggest difficulty you had in the session? How did you try to deal with it? Were you successful?

You may also like to consider more specific questions, depending on what areas you are trying to improve in. For example:

  • Did the children always understand your instructions? If not, why not?
  • How much of your session included opposed skill work? Why not more?
  • Was their evidence of child creativity, of them finding new ways of doing things?

Build a picture of yourself as a MoF Coach by using the methods described on this page (and others you can think of) to complete the MoF Coach Reflection & Evaluation Circle below. This will help you identify areas of strength (in which you can help others) and areas where you need help.