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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

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End of session de-brief

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"It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves"

- Sir Edmund Hilary

1. The cornerstones of Self_Esteem

The two cornerstones of self-esteem are a Sense of Worthiness and a Sense of Belonging.

Think about a place / group / team / job which raises your self-esteem and enhances your confidence. It is highly likely that you (a) feel relaxed and at home there (belonging) and (b) feel valued there, that are some things you are good at and those things are recognised and praised (worthiness).

Coaches at MoF need to understand this relationship between Belonging and Worthiness and help children to feel these senses throughout their MoF experience. This is important for a number of reasons. Essentially, our aim is to develop confident, creative, skilful players - and this aim is much more likely to be reached if children feel a worthy and valued part of our programme. Helping children to see themselves as valuable and worthy will have benefits for them far beyond their football development. Confident children will be able to input more into their school education and be less afraid to try new things in other areas of their life and learning.

2. How do we help children feel a sense of belonging and worthiness?

  • Coaches should learn players names, and use players names.
  • Be friendly! A warm welcoming smile will go a long way to making a child feel they have arrived in a good place.
  • Use labelled praise – use a name, say why something was good. (“Louis, I loved the way you passed that ball to Danny! It went right into his path!”). Or praise the effort or idea involved in a success, or in something that didn't work as expected.
  • Include all players in demonstrations, even players who aren’t high-ability.
  • For players who are often naughty or misbehave, it is particularly important to praise them when they are doing something good. Catch them doing something good.
  • Introduce yourself to the child's parents and make them feel at home. A parent who is supportive of us and speaks positively about the MoF programme will help us make the child feel at home.
  • Make sure all players feel able to make mistakes - praise effort in trying new things as well as success. "Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong" (Peter T. McIntyre)