Coaching Philosophy (what i'm about)

Posted by Paul Kelshaw on February 12, 2015 at 11:10 PM

I have been involved with HLSC for nearly two years, initially starting as trainer for the winter program and eventually becoming the clubs first Director of Coaching. During this time a have coached well over 500 kids and every travel team in the club. I talk to board members, coaches, trainers and parents on a weekly basis and am constantly talking to the kids on and off the field. Many people who are part of the club are familiar with my training methods but I want to be sure that everyone is on the same page and has a good understanding of why I am here training your kids and trying to improve your club.

Below is my philosophy that is also available on my website along with my vision statement and mission statement. I wrote this philosophy as part of my USSF National youth license that I passed in the summer. I am always looking to further my knowledge and education of the game and coaching youth soccer.

As a youth soccer coach and Director of Coaching, I will ensure I put every effort into fostering an environment where every child has the ability to fulfil their potential. My aim is to create life lessons through soccer develop soccer players and or fans for life.

I encourage constant movement and involvement to maximize time with the ball. I believe that training should replicate the game so I can develop players who are comfortable on the ball, who are not afraid to take on players and are encouraged to keep the ball through possession.

I believe all players should play hard; give 100% but play fair and enjoy the fact soccer is a game. I strive to win on numerous levels but not at the risk of sacrificing fair play and moral development.

I like to bring enjoyment to the game, helping players have fun setting an example through leadership and a love of the game. As a coach I will continually challenge myself and players through constant coach and player education. This can only be achieved with upmost respect for myself, players, parents, coaches, officials and the game itself.

I appreciate your constant support and feedback while I continue to grow the game and improve playing standards.

Paul Kelshaw

HLSC Director of Coaching


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