Congratulations to Chris Barnes. He recently completed his FA Level 2 Coaching Award, alongside several other Southwell City football coaches. This takes the number of coaches that are qualified Level 2 or above into double figures, which is well above the average for most local grassroots football clubs.
Recently, Chris was lucky enough to be invited to attend a Match Day Masterclass at the home of the England football team, St George’s Park. His eldest daughter Hope, who plays for City U12 Girls, went along too.
The pair had a tour of the site including the Wembley replica pitch, the futsal stadium and the full-size indoor training facility. Former England & Arsenal captain, Tony Adams, was involved in sessions for coaches and children on the day.
Later, the invited coaches and players were put through their paces by an England UEFA A coach and then allowed to play a match on the indoor training pitch.
After the match, the coaches went through a full post-match hydrotherapy session with an FA physio which included a warm-down in the hydrotherapy pool, 6 rotations of the cold and hot plunge pools followed by the underwater treadmill
Chris picked up quite a few tips which we are hoping to see at his next Southwell City training sessions in 2020!