Expert Meeting – Day 1

Raymond Verheijen opened the 3rd WFA Expert Meeting in Clarens. How exciting to meet all coaches again! Raymond started with the similarities between our meeting room and a dressing room. A safe environment will be created in which all delegates will ask questions, but the bar is high. Another similarity is the overload of players, why not overload coaches to improve? Let’s get coaches out of their comfort zone this week and see the results!

Next was Corné Groenendijk, Academy Director at Ajax Cape Town explaining how to reach international standards, followed by an inspiring presentation and Q&A with Ernst Middendorp. Ernst is Head Coach at Bloemfontein Celtics and explained how to coach tactically uneducated players.

The afternoon sessions were more practical. Firstly delegates showed their knowledge of the development of team periodisations, they learned the last few years. In small groups the coaches developed their team periodisations for: National Team, 1st Team & Youth Academy. The team periodisations were presented by the delegates and evaluated.

Secondly two case studies were being presented by two experts. Damian Roden, Head of Sports Science at Stoke City FC, presented how they became the fittest team in the English Premier League. The 2nd case study was about Individual Periodisation by Jan Zoutman, Head Coach FC Twente Reserves. He explained how the coach can make a difference by developing individual periodisation models.