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Sylvain

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« on: April 19, 2013, 11:38:15 AM »
FA representatives visit Clairefontaine for UEFA Study Group on elite women's football development

As part of the UEFA Study Group Scheme, eleven representatives from The FA were invited to attend a four day study visit to France, hosted by the French Federation (FFF) to learn about the elite women’s football development pathway and federation.

UEFA visits such as this have been introduced and implemented in support of coach education and provides European associations with the opportunity to share knowledge and discuss football development.

The group representing The FA were Rachel Pavlou (National Development Manager), Hope Powell (National Head Coach), Brent Hills (National U23s Head Coach), Keith Rees (National GK Coach), Lydia Bedford (Middlesex), Jennifer Herst (Liverpool), Rebecca Sawiuk (Stoke), Tammy Waine (Brighton), Mark Sampson (Bristol), Paul Palmer (Millwall) and Corrine Yorston (Bristol).

The English delegation was joined by representatives from Czech Republic, Switzerland and the host Nation in Clairefontaine at the National Technical Centre (Le Centre Technique National Fernand Sastre).

This prestigious facility provided an excellent setting for what was expected to be an exceptional opportunity, the support staff and accommodation lived up to the high standards the FFF advocates.

Here, the specific study visit content was broken down and delivered in the following format:-

- Technical direction.
- Football developments from nations in attendance.
- Football policy and intervention in primary/secondary schools.
- Elite women’s football.
- Observation of training sessions.

The visit consisted of 15 sessions over a three day period, including the opportunity to watch youth representatives from the FFF’s international academy, observe and question the coaches working with Paris Saint-Germain Ladies, amongst some engaging, in-depth presentations about the culture, development, talent pathway and identification in France.

The support staff who represented the FFF included Gaëtane Thiney (National Technical Advisor/Current French National Player), Gérard Precheur (Academy Director), Angélique Roujas (Coach) and Bruno Bini (Women’s French National Head Coach) to name a few.

National coach Elizabeth Loisel and regional technical advisor Micheal Berbeche opened the proceedings, with a welcoming introduction and went on to further outline the FFF’s organisational structure and technical direction for the future.

This was followed by the opportunity for the visiting nations to provide a short presentation for introductions and a brief insight into recent developments in the footballing landscape from their respective country.

Rachel Pavlou delivered a vibrant, heartfelt presentation on behalf of The FA which highlighted the special moments from recent years, including, the Olympics, European qualification and video footage from the first year of the Women’s Super League. All three presentations outlined their commitment and dedication to the continuous development of the women’s game.

Bruno Bini delivered a motivating and educational lecture on the philosophy and vision of the French team, where he shared inspirational videos and innovative knowledge. He discussed some key attributes that contribute to the French talented player identification process, insightful information on the core coaching philosophy surrounding the French national squad and how he aims to implement the FFF’s coaching vision for the future, which incorporated hopefully winning a major tournament on the next five years.

This philosophy was then transferred to the grass, where delegates were provided with the opportunity to watch a training session for the players who train at the Clairefontaine national football institute (INF).

Here we saw both male and female players ranging from 14-16 training together. 15 of the 20 national team squad have come via the Clairefontaine training academy. Led by Gérard Precheur and Angélique Roujas, the training session was made up of a possession game, a constant technical practice and small-sided game in a circuit style session, as well as a goalkeeper session. The session allowed us to gain an insight into the aforementioned philosophy where theory met practice. The players within the session showed great work ethic, played with a very high tempo, had a positive attitude and were outstanding technicians and athletes which is something we strive for.

The second practical coaching session was delivered by the first team coach of Paris Saint-Germain Ladies, Farid Benstiti and he provided delegates with the opportunity to see some brilliant international players train in their contextual environment. The session’s primary focus was on combination play, interchange, transition and physiological improvement. Post-session, the coaches opened the floor to members of the delegations to ask questions. The discussions enabled us to understand the coaches, session outcomes, scheme of work and re-enforce their philosophy. Farid highlighted the importance of understanding how you want your team to play and the unique set of core values he has which he believes can bring the club future success.

It was evident from the time spent with the FFF that they are working very hard to lay long term foundations in order to generate success in the future. Since their European U19 success in 2010 they have been heavily promoting the national teams and running national campaigns to encourage more females into Football, as players, coaches and referees as well as raising the profile of their national team members.

This hard work is paying off as live international matches are shown every season attracting television audiences and stadium spectators of up to 19,000. With the extra television exposure, they hope that it will increase female football participation from 60,135 by an extra 10 per cent every year.

Bruno Bini said his three priorities are technique,technique and technique! Technique with a ball, technique with team-mates and technique with team-mates against opposition. If they get that right, coupled with their development plan, he believes they will be very successful in the future.

Speaking about the trip, Hope Powell said of the visit:”It was a great opportunity for myself, staff and some key individuals who help develop and support the women’s game in England to visit the French FA and have the opportunity to share knowledge and expertise about the development of their game.

“It was great to have the opportunity to visit one of the now leading nations of the women’s game and encouraging to see that we feel the things we are trying or have implemented are similar to that of France, albeit that we need to do so much more’

FA delegate Rebecca Sawiuk added: “The FFF provided us with an exceptional experience from the class room to the football field, especially with their enlightening training strategy.”

Read more at http://www.thefa.com/News/2013/apr/uefa-study-visit-france-170413#bDrKr6G3lwmYhbff.99

Sylvain

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Re: French lessons
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2013, 07:28:00 AM »
I believe the "new" England manager is named in that article

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Re: French lessons
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2013, 07:33:10 AM »
I believe I know that name! Are they worthy winner of the title?

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Re: French lessons
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2013, 07:45:44 AM »
I believe the "new" England manager is named in that article

So it's Bruno Bino then, is it? If true, you'd better dust off your scouting manual, sylvain!

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Re: French lessons
« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2013, 08:29:46 AM »
Guess you don't need to do any scouting!!

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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2013, 09:43:52 AM »
Brent Hills name is there............... ;)

Sylvain

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Re: French lessons
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2013, 10:55:16 AM »
I believe the "new" England manager is named in that article

So it's Bruno Bino then, is it? If true, you'd better dust off your scouting manual, sylvain!
it's not Bini, otherwise some players England career would probably be be finished and blacklisted players would be back lol

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Re: French lessons
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2013, 11:11:11 AM »
so, what is the delay?

Sylvain

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« Reply #8 on: November 07, 2013, 11:12:41 AM »
Guess the FA are not in a hurry or that coach is working his notice with his club.

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Re: French lessons
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2013, 11:18:46 AM »
not many club managers in that list.....

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« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2013, 11:31:34 AM »
Can't beleive everyone is missing it...haha

Does anyone have a link to the England Women's manager odds?

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« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2013, 11:39:04 AM »
I guess we'll have to wait for the announcement officially....

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Re: French lessons
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2013, 01:43:36 PM »
Technique, Technique and Technique

Totally different priorities to what we see right thru the England Age groups.

Size, Fitness and running.

Maybe we will finally begin to see the girls who are good footballers breaking through into the squads not just the ones who are good in fitness testing!


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« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2013, 02:08:57 PM »
to be fair its the type of girls that are chosen by the coaches, we have the highly technical players , but they dont get chosen.
how many players make it from u15 to seniors, not many. so its later when other talents are chosen, only to be restored at senior level. pssssh

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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2013, 07:16:31 PM »
Technique, Technique and Technique

Totally different priorities to what we see right thru the England Age groups.

Size, Fitness and running.

Maybe we will finally begin to see the girls who are good footballers breaking through into the squads not just the ones who are good in fitness testing!



Well said raefil. Wouldn't that be a refreshing change!