In our latest Player Development Project webinar replay, we focus on coaching younger players. PDP Technical Advisor, Dan Wright is joined by two top academy coaches, Nathan Thomas and Nathan Philip.

Nathan Thomas is currently the Lead Foundation Phase Coach at MK Dons and has experience coaching at Middlesborough, Arsenal and Brentford – he also holds the FA Advanced Youth Award. Nathan Philip holds both the UEFA A Licence and Advanced Youth Award, has worked across these age groups in both coaching and recruitment roles at a range of clubs including Brentford, Chelsea FC and West Ham United. He now focuses on his own business providing specialist 1 to 1 coaching and small group work.

This conversation dives into a range of topics including:

  • Ball mastery
  • Small group work
  • The coaching spectrum
  • Principles of player development at MK Dons
  • Practical sessions
  • Videos for you to observe and adapt.

The panel discusses how to work with young players, what the guests have learnt from different environments and some age-appropriate session plans. As with all of our webinar events, this discussion featured live audience Q&A and covers some fantastic topics for coaches working with foundation phase players.

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