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With the launch of the 2013 Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma courses in England just over 2 ½ weeks away, we are pleased to announce that the course at Fulham FC on Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2013 is now sold out.

Coaches from all levels of the game and from all over the world will descend on three professional club venues in London, Birmingham & Stoke during June 2013. Course attendees taking part on the on the highly respected 2-day course will be provided with expert tuition from Coerver® Co-founder, Alf Galustian (see below image 2012 Coerver® Youth Diploma – Manchester City FC).

At the time of writing there are now only a handful of places remaining for the course at Birmingham City FC on Saturday 1st & 2nd June 2013. Availability for the course at Stoke City FC on Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th June 2013 remains good although we are expecting that all Youth Diploma course dates will be sold out by the end of May 2013.

Coerver® Coaching UK Director, Scott Wright (see below image working with Manchester City U11’s at the 2012 Coerver® Youth Diploma) said “Participation numbers and general interest for this year’s Youth Diploma Courses here in England from both a national and international perspective has been phenomenal. As it stands we have coaches coming from many different levels of the game and from around 23 different countries across the world which really highlights the global demand for the Coerver programme”.

Scott added “We fully expect that the three scheduled courses will be completely sold out before the end of May. The dates in Birmingham, London and Stoke in June are the only Youth Diploma courses that we will be delivering in England during 2013 so I would strongly advise anybody that plans to attend but has not yet booked a place to do so within this period to avoid disappointment”.

Since the Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma, in association with FourFourTwo Performance, launched in 2011, over 800 coaches from all levels of the game and from across the world have participated on the 2-day course. The 2013 Youth Diploma courses are set to be the biggest and best yet with a wide range of attendees that includes grassroots coaches, teachers, professional youth coaches and professional coaches working at senior level both nationally and internationally.

The Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma course not only provides a rare opportunity to learn from Alf’s 30 years of global youth development experience but also the opportunity to participate on an official, authorised Coerver® Coach Education course, which through the Youth Diploma has been the first time in the organisations 29 year history where this opportunity has been available to external coaches.

The purpose of the Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma is to give attendees, from all levels of the game, a greater understanding of how to plan & deliver more effective coaching sessions. The focus of the course is the Coerver® Coaching Session Planner which provides a quick & easy solution for coaches who would like to construct weekly, monthly or even season long programmes using proven, high quality drills & games developed over 29 years by Coerver® Coaching.

Coerver® Co-founder and course tutor, Alf Galustian (see above image), said of the course “We had never had an authorized Coerver® pathway for Coaches until the last year, and we’ve been around 29 years, and we’re in 23 countries. Our new Diploma course is designed for Coaches who work with young players from 8-15 years old. We designed the diploma asking the question, how can we help coaches construct sessions for the week or the whole season?. The new Coerver® DVD’s and books Charlie Cooke and myself have devised, which is called the Coerver® Coaching Session Planner; is a formula that any coach can use to construct their season’s sessions, we have built the diploma course around this new material”.

Since 2011, the Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma course has been attended by a range of people working at various levels of the game from parents who wanted to help their kids at home to coaches working with senior international players in the Champions League:

“These last two days on the Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma course certainly made me a better coach, I have been a fan of Coerver® for many years”.
Jose Morais, First Team Coach – Real Madrid CF (below image – Youth Diploma 2011 Birmingham City)

“The foundations of great teaching have always been championed by Coerver® who have taken football and created a system by which any child, through hard work and good teaching can master the basic ball skills, that then lead onto their application in skilful play.

We are passionate about our football and the belief that we must develop our players to be the best they can be. The Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma Course has just made this whole job so much easier.”
Carl Lander, Assistant Head Teacher – St Aubyns School, Essex

“I enjoyed the Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma course immensely, I feel the course did show me some variations on familiar themes and I enjoyed how both Alf and Scott presented the course”.
David Connolly, Southampton FC Striker

“I thought the Youth Diploma course was excellent, Coerver® is the building block on which all football should be taught. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it has really encouraged me towant to become a better coach”.
Mark Williams, Grassroots Coach – Birmingham

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Coerver® Coaching Youth Diploma course, and would recommend that all coaches working with young players should attend”.
Richard Beale, Reserve Team Manager – Birmingham City FC

“Many thanks to all of you for what to proved to be a well delivered and interesting course at the weekend. I personally have taken a great amount away from it and intend to use the system to help me plan and deliver my coaching sessions , although I think the real learning starts here!.”
Lee Foster – Coach (Bristol – UK)

“I would like to thank you for the wonderful Coerver Youth Diploma course this weekend at Fullham FC. As a master in Physical Education I was very pleased about the Coerver Methodology. Also as a UEFA B coach and youth co-ordinator of the U6-U12 age groups, I will definitely use this methodology. So once again, thanks a lot, you did a great job!!. Hopefully I can attend again next year with more coaches from our local club.”
Kris Hermans – Coach (Pellenberg – Belgium)

“Really enjoyed the course over the weekend, picked up lots of new ideas to take back into my sessions”
Ben Smith – Professional Footballer (Crawley Town FC – UK)

“Can I firstly say a big thank you for an excellent 2 days. The course was fantastic, far exceeding my wildest expectations (life changing as a coach) and with Alf Galustian delivering the course what can I say!!! The man’s a genius in my books. I have been following Coerver for over 10 years, I truly believe that the only and most effective way to learn this beautiful game is the COERVER way.”
Javid Mukhtar – Grassroots Coach/Parent (Essex – UK)

“First of all I’d like to thank you so much for a great course this weekend at Fulham FC, we all enjoyed it immensely. It was an honour and great pleasure to finally meet you all, and especially having Mr. Galustian teaching us. We went straight home and gave the training you did with the U12′s on Sunday with our girls, so we’re really on our way!!”
Mats Wold – Coach (Fyllingsdalen – Norway)

“First of all, I would like to say BIG THANK YOU to all the Coerver team. I really enjoyed the Coerver Coaching Youth Diploma course. Your lecture and practical sessions helped me to understand Coerver Coaching and I will recommend your course to all my friends working with young players. After your course I believe I became a better coach.”
Michal Bainski – Coach (Lodz – Poland)

“I would like to congratulate Coerver for the incredible Youth Diploma Course at Fulham FC. It was so helpful and interesting to me as a coach. I found Coerver Coaching on the internet two years ago and I now strongly believe that it is by far the most interesting and effective coaching method for developing young players, keep up the good work!!.”
Ahanasios Adamos – Coach (Athens – Greece)

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Sydney FC star and former Coerver® kid, Terry Antonis has completed a move to Serie A after agreeing personal terms with Parma on a four-year contract.

Terry, who featured in numerous Coerver® Coaching DVD’s from the age of 7 years old, travelled to Italy with his father Peter Antonis and after meeting with the Italian club’s management team, he agreed to put pen to paper for the club that was home to former Australian internationals, Vince Grella and Mark Bresciano.

It is understood that the A-League club was reluctant to let Antonis go, but the sum offered by Parma triggered a release clause in his contract (see below photo of Terry playing for Australia Vs Spain).

Terry said of his move to Italy “It’s always been my dream to play in Serie A and I couldn’t be happier, it’s a fantastic set up over here and a huge opportunity for me to further my career. To be joining the same club that Vince Grella and Mark Bresciano played for is a privilege and I hope I can taste some of the success they enjoyed in Italy”.

Terry added “It’s a club with great tradition and hopefully I can take my game to another level here and add to my football education. I also want to thank Sydney FC and especially Alessandro Del Piero (see below image) and Pascal Bosschaart who have been really influential and have helped me so much in my time at the club”.

Assuming everything goes to plan, Terry will officially join Parma – coached by Italy international Roberto Donadoni, when the transfer window re-opens on 1 July 2013. The 19 year-old won’t link up with his new teammates until after the FIFA Under-20 World Cup which runs from 21 June to 13 July in Turkey where he will captain the Australian national team.

Terry finished by saying “I certainly don’t think I’ll just go over there and start playing in Serie A straight away. It’s going to be a big learning experience and I’ll devote myself to becoming a better player and I feel I’ll be in the right environment to do that.”

Sydney FC were believed to be keen on selling Antonis to FC Utrecht for a higher sum, having agreed to send him on trial to the Eredivisie club. When Parma came calling the decision was made easy for Antonis who will become the second Australian currently playing in Serie A, joining Australian International midfielder James Troisi who plays for Atalanta.

Everyone at Coerver® Coaching is extremely proud of Terry’s achievements, and he adds his name to the long list of players to have developed under the Coerver® programme and have gone on to fulfil their dream of becoming a professional footballer, WELL DONE TERRY!.

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Coerver® Coaching are delighted to announce that the first European Youth Diploma of 2013 will be hosted by Spanish giants, Real Madrid CF. The course will take place between the 14th & 15th May 2013 at the “Los Blancos” Valdebebas training centre which is widely regarded as one of the best professional sports training facilities in the world (see below image).

Coerver® Coaching co-founder Alfred Galustian said of the course, “It’s a fantastic way to kick off this year’s Youth Diplomas in Europe. I really look forward to working at Real Madrid again, the last trip was very good especially learning from the then Technical Director of the Club, and now current Spain Head Coach Vicente Del Bosque”. (see below image).

Real Madrid CF first team coach, Jose Morais attended the Coerver® Youth Diploma course in Birmingham in May 2011 and also attended the Youth Diploma course in Madrid in December 2012 (see below image). Jose said “I am a long-time fan of Coerver Coaching, and recommend it to every coach I meet. I use some of the Coerver work with the First Team at Real Madrid and one of the wonderful things about Coerver is that it can be adaptable to players of all abilities”.

Jose added “At the early ages the foundation of teaching should focus on technique, Coerver was the first time I had been exposed to a curriculum, which focused on this philosophy. Since the early years, Coerver has added game related and full game pressures to all of the skills, that was perfect for me in my work”.

“Football is changing so the skills needed by the players are also changing, young player’s today need to be able to make killer passes, to turn at speed and to dribble past defenders. Repeatable drills can stimulate players to improve in all of these areas”.

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Coerver® Coaching are delighted to announce that they have entered into an agreement with Sports Stars Media plc (“Sports Stars”), the Portuguese-based sports animation and media company.

The organisations will collaborate across a number of media platforms with Coerver® Coaching providing soccer skills know-how to be showcased in the up-coming Mourinho and the Special Ones TV series (See below image), Mourinho Trading Card Game and the Multi Skills Cup.

This new agreement with Coerver® Coaching is the third major signing by Sports Stars Media PLC in the last 18 months following on from securing the image rights for Jose Mourinho for the animated TV soccer series, which will promote the sale of the Mourinho Trading Card Game with 3D Augmented Reality, and a global online soccer league competition fronted by one of the world’s top footballers, Cristiano Ronaldo, called the Multi Skills Cup.

Sports Stars Media PLC CEO Ruben Dias said of the collaboration “Sports Stars has made significant progress since admission to AIM in February 2012, not only in signing up leading soccer personalities and business partners, but also adapting its offering quickly to the rapidly changing digital market, leaving it very well positioned to benefit. It is in discussions with a number of broadcasters for the Gombby and Mourinho TV Series and is actively seeking business alliances globally for the Ronaldo World Championship.”

Jimmy Galustian CEO of Coerver® Coaching added “We are delighted to be teaming up with Sports Stars Media on their various projects. We believe that there is great potential for overlap between what we do and the new content being created for Mourinho and the Special Ones and the Multi Skills Cup. We hope that these will not only entertain kids but be used as educational tools by parents and coaches. We will certainly be using them in our grass roots programmes globally.”

The initial filming days for the Mourinho content were staged at Coerver® Coaching Partner club, Stoke City FC, who provided the players and facilities for the shoot. Coerver® Coaching would like to thank Stoke City FC for their assitance on this project. (See below image Coerver® UK Director, Scott Wright with Stoke City FC Academy Manager, Dave Wright with the academy players that participated in the filming).

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