Several people have asked in here about youth coaching and football in England and what is wrong. I am answering this from a personal view and a vested interest in a member of my own family, namely my grandson, I will also expand on the development of another sport that again I have a vested interest namely in my granddaughters and grandson. Firstly I will expand on the football coaching. I am a qualified FIFA level 2 coach, I have coached extensively in California, have turned down jobs with both the LA Heat and LA Galaxy. I tell you this just to get some credibility in the fact that I hope I know what I am talking about and the seriousness of this thread. My grandson is a very talented player both in skill and technique. He was at the Millwall academy but left due to traveling problems. He has also been to two major PL clubs to be “looked at” but could go no further due to geographical location. When he came to the UK he joined the local team and was immediately given a place in their youth first team. When I returned to the UK I went to see him play and train and was amazed at the lack of negative coaching employed by the coaches. I advised my daughter to move him to a club associated with Crawley Town. I was friendly with Johny Yems ( Crawley Manager) who was very interested and involved with youth coaching Again the coaching was, in my opinion, very third rate and he was really not progressing, in actual fact he was not enjoying the game and this reflected in his performances. I discussed this with Johny but his hands were tied due to the dictate of Crawley owners, who basically knew FA about football. It was at this time I got together with three parents who all felt the same, all of these parents were ex-football players and wanted their kids to progress. We decided to set up a team of our own with Andy being the manager and Rick and myself being the coaches. We formed a team from a mish mash of players and set about coaching them the right way. We had to enter the league in the bottom D division, this we won without losing a game and was instantly promoted to the B division. This again we won dropping only one point. By this time we had dropped a couple of players but the team were performing well with several players being selected to the league representative side. My grandson was leading goal scorer and developing to an outstanding left side midfield player, not my opinion but several media writers. At our club meeting the manager had decided, without consultation that he was going to form two teams, split the team we had, bring in some “other” players to win the A league. Rick and myself decided to bow out. We were not about “winning” everything but the natural progression of teaching kids the right way to play. The “new” A team finished fifth and the reserve team finished next to last in the C league. Again, my grandson went backwards and the two occasions I went to see them I could not believe the backward progress of the players. This coming season the “manager” is signing yet more kids as four of the original team are moving on. A bit long winded but this is just a small illustration of what goes on at the minor clubs in England today. It all boils down to size and the win win mentality of most of the coaches involved. We need to have more qualified coaches who are all reading from the same book and not passing on in how they used to play and that is good enough. So, after all that rambling what is the answer. Well, first of all coaches have to all be on the same program in teaching and development. If one player leaves and goes to another club it should not involve a different coaching technique. Now, I can hear you say but all the kids would be the same. No, it doesn’t work that way. You take the skills and techniques learn’t and develop those players to express their individual skills through their game be it attack, midfield, defense etc. That’s where the good managers and head coaches come in. I hear Trevor Brooking doing a lot of talking for the FA, what I do not hear is any action or ideas, it is more or less a lot of hot air talking, let the heat die down and then we have the same inquest after the next failure. I know. I did a presentation at several clubs in the US along the same themes but was met by a lot of resistance by coaches who just did not either want to change or be considered an equal to other coaches. Oh, they thought it was a good idea but for them to be an equal and not what they thought was one step ahead of the others was all they were concerned about, not about the development of youth. The courses they offered was all about making money. I spoke to yet another coach who was also concerned about the way we were developing young players, he was involved with a pretty major team, I asked him just why he didn’t change things,. He couldn’t because the owners wanted the team to play in a certain way and were not interested in developing players and youth of their own, the bottom line was instant results that would lead to more money coming through the gates. He relied on them for his living. Some of the correct way of teaching skills can be repetitive and boring but it will get the youth to learn the right and wrong way. Most coaches in the UK want to be known as a “fun” coach and do as much variation as possible. This will only give the players a brief overlay of what skill and technique are about, unfortunately you have to be disciplined and teach the repetitive and boring ways. Most overseas coaches do it hence the high skills and techniques they have. We have to get more qualified coaches taught to a good scheme. If any of you are interested in coaching go get your level 1 coaching badge. I know you will not learn much from the course apart from child welfare but it will be a start. I could write pages and pages on this subject but my last point is that the amenities etc. are no different to when I moved from England nearly 30 years ago, where is all the monies gone that should be pumped into our national game. My other point is that some players from UK Baseball were packing bags at our local M&S store and asking for donations to send a UK Baseball team to Sweden. My grand kids are involved with Baseball as is my son in law. Again I know there are large funds that have been allocated to UK Baseball, again I ask, where has all that money gone and why should kids who are representing the UK have to beg for funds?