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  1. The game grew from the North downwards. Originally football was a more Northern Sport. The founders of football were from the North and Midlands. The first semi pro and professional clubs were generally Northern. The close proximity of Scotland meant Scottish talent joined Northern clubs. The North's working class communities were an asset to support a working class sport. Liverpool and Manchester greatly benefitted from the above.
  2. A separate topic in itself. The answer to your question is not even close. The FA have age related coaching priorities. Coaches do not follow them, not only that as they are not a significant part of level one and two coaching badges many grassroots coaches are frequently not aware of what should be guiding their coaching.
  3. With due respect you said coaching is not necessarily psychological. Coaching is always psychological. Players have to be coaxed into buying into a team vision. A picture that frequently will mean they make self sacrifices to adapt to a team need. This is man management. Players will clash with those in charge. Players skill sets may not meet the team need. Players selves, their egos and drivers may never meet the keystone behaviours of what the coach wants. In your (and my) field of mental health we would not tell an individual the same things they would hear about themselves as they wou
  4. Interested is a psychological state. And so is motivated. The psychological drives the physical. Sports psychologists place great emphasis on how training has to be Interesting, to be integrated, and intense to become internalised. The greatests coaches in the World will still have their failures who don't buy into their pictures of football - Guardiola v Ibrahimovic
  5. It is a contradiction. You cannot be an excellent coach and lack people skills. Football coaching is psychological. The greatest coaches will fall out with players, it is inevitable.
  6. BCFC may be the biggest club but it is debatable that Bristol City have the largest academy and it is not challenged. Southampton run a development centre in Bath which is attached to its academy. Players from Bristol can join their academy via this centre - It would be pointless to coach players from Bristol if they did not. Exeter City run development centres around the South West and have a larger coaching base and coach more kids than BCFC do. Cardiff and Swansea link into independent development centres in Bristol and run/have run their own. Players from Bristol
  7. Academy running costs are circa two million a season at Cat 1, Cat 2 its below a million - Figure for Cat 2 was 800k when City gained cat 2 status. Clubs can and do spend a lot more e.g. Man City.
  8. Does Southampton's academy and the clubs approach make it more likely or less to produce the players it does from its academy? How would an extra million (or two) pounds a season make things difficult financially for BCFC? Academy costs are exempt v financial fair play rules. If viewed financially the academy has been a large profit making financial success. The FC loses money. Your last paragraph. Joe Bryan did not, neither Kelly and Reid. Bristol City's competition in the South West is Argyle, Exeter, Rovers ...
  9. I work in services for the vulnerable. A psychological tool we use is called mapping. We look at the individuals past from childhood and map it. Statistically those most likely to have ill health, to use drugs, to commit crime, to go to prison, to be sexually abused, those most likely to have mental health problems come from single parent families. The demographic most likely to be born into a one parent family? It is a taboo subject.
  10. Academy football is 9-16. The players are on schoolboy contracts. Antoine Semenyo was not at BCFC during this period. Post 16 payers players may receive a pro contract or become scholars and go onto education programmes external to the academy. Antoine Semenyo was not a scholar. U18 is the professional development stage of the EPPP. Antoine Semenyo joined at this point.
  11. Your definition appears to be that a player who was not part of the academy, did not play for the academy is an academy graduate. I will politely disagree. However the point actually made was about the performance of the academy. Having no academy graduates in the XI and one player who was not part of the academy, did not play for the academy on the bench is not an indicator of a highly performing academy.
  12. The player is not an academy graduate.
  13. No. Its is not a EFL requirement. Bristol City had Antonine Semenyo on the bench. He did not graduate from the academy he came from the SGS football programme to play for the U18 team.
  14. Exaggeration. Better yes but it will not be up there with the best. Bristol City are not producing large amounts of pros via its academy. It is not a high performing academy. Last season the XI included regularly no academy graduates in its matchday squad.. A comparison, a large is Derby who fielded five graduates. Bristol City's youth coaching network is smaller than Exeter Citys.
  15. You did not explain how BCFC are discriminating against black people. or how access to coaching education is discriminatory? Could you again you explain how the FA and BCFC are complicit in insidious racism? What is it you want Steve Lansdown to do, employ the less skilled because they are the right colour? You with respect have not addressed the point about coaching at grass roots levels and black and asian backgrounds at all. There are no boardrooms there keeping black people out of coaching courses. Its coaching for kids and youths. Where is the discrimination? Three of Bristol bi
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