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Coaching: A Journey About the People

What is coaching? PDP Editor & UEFA A licensed coach Dave Wright talks about the ups and downs of his career as a football coach. From technical and tactical lessons to the spoils of victory on the field, the real rewards come from shaping the lives of young players in whose reflection we often see ourselves.


Since 2002, I have only gone one season without coaching a football team. Throughout that time, I can remember nearly all of the players I have coached, many of the key moments at training, during matches, at tournaments and especially the times where I walked away from a session or a match wondering what I could have done differently.

Having fallen into coaching at the age of 19 (probably far too young to teach), I soon discovered it wasn’t just a hobby or something I did for a few dollars here or there whilst at University, it was an immediate passion, a muse I fell in love with. As someone who had played at a half-decent level locally in New Zealand but never really had...

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