Mark O Sullivan : Sports Director Espanyolfootball.com
One of my first memories is of a small round spherical shaped thing that suddenly entered my world one day and it has rarely left me in my search for its soul as I kicked it from pillar to post , from street to bedroom , from backgarden to a field somewhere in my hometown of Cork City Ireland. Now as a father of 2 and living in Stockholm Sweden the love for this spherical object has not waned one bit and my search for the soul of football continues.
I am really excited to be given this forum at Espanyolfootball.com to express my thoughts and feelings on the game . I have a very strong interest in player development and the methods we use as we go about it. As a coach at Boo FF academy here in Stockholm and through my own football schools I have been lucky to work with many young enthusiastic minds varying from 4 years of age to 18 .
Reading through the many social medias that we are exposed to today such as Twitter , Facebook and various blogs / Podcasts there seems to be many others on the same quest as me. In the last few years there has been a pardigm shft in player development where Spain has lead the way and Espanyol are right at the forefront of this movement . Traditional models are being torn up , ripped apart as a more game centered holistic approach takes precedence where the child is at the center. The cognitive , the physical , the technical and the tactical are all been coached at the same time……..But lets not forget this is nothing new. This is what we did as kids many years ago . Nobody needed to tell us this as we were already experiencing the most natural football educational system …..Spontaneous / Street Football….maybe we just got a bit lost on the way here 😉
Let the discussions begin