It’s fantastic to announce that the website has now merged all of the resources from the Sporting Influencer and Sporting Resource into one location for you to access.

The Sporting Influencer

Within any given sport, parents have been highlighted as one of the major influences on a child’s level of enjoyment and participation. Having coached youth right through into senior football for a number of years, I’ve been fortunate to encounter and observed the great, positive, non-interested, negative, uneducated also unsupported parents e.g. Positive – encouragement, positive reinforcement, no pressure placed upon winning and Negative – aggressive sideline behaviour, dictating players decision making. The effects of each approach have been discussed in the Helpful and Harmful 2.0 Becoming a Sporting Influencer 2.0

With elite football players evolving into multi-millionaires and living luxury lifestyles, a percentage of parents have unrealistic expectations for their children to reach those levels from an early age. This creates unnecessary pressure by placing avoidable emotional also a psychological strain on those young players participating. In the contrast, some parents do recognise and more importantly understand the long term player development model and the importance of participation and enjoyment within the sport. Those positive parents are engaged, willing and open to understanding how to become a positive sporting influencer, thus increasing a child’s enjoyment of the game.

These blogs will highlight, educate and share contributions that potentially aid coaches, organizations and parents about how to deal with an array of matters and/or concerns within the youth sports environment. I wish to clarify that any suggestions that are made, must be carefully considered and adapted to one’s environment and individual and/or team. I must reiterate that “one size fits all” doesn’t apply in this context.

The Sporting Resource

The Sporting Resource is a FREE platform that allows the coaching community to discover and freely share resources from all over the world.

We hope to share as many materials as possible with you; any resources created by others will be credited where possible.

The Tactical View

The Tactical View

The Tactical View is a FREE e-newsletter that lands in your inbox every week. We provide insights from the football world, including:

– Interviews with elite coaches and players
– Tactical & player analysis
– Club profiles
– Free coaching resources
– Trivia
– And much more!

You’ll also receive our e-book, Set Piece Routines, for FREE when you subscribe too.
We’ve previously interviewed guests such as Paul McGuinness, Thomas Gronnemark, Adam Le Fondre, Mark Hudson and many others. You’ll have full access to these interviews and all of our previous content as a subscriber.

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Many thanks,

Tom Shorrocks

Paul Barry

NEW Interview

⭐️ Interview Series: No. 3️⃣8️⃣

Paul Barry

📚Arsenal Academy U10 Head Coach, UEFA A Licence and FA Advanced award accredited, with 20 years coaching experience. Having worked across America, English FA, Dagenham & Redbridge FC, Southend FC among several other organisations.

💬 “Being a positive youth sports parent is paramount to a child’s long-term participation, engagement and enjoyment of their chosen sport(s). Parents are the primary carer and influencer for a young person and the way that they act is usually role modelled by their son or daughter.”

Interview Series

Coaching Methodology

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The lockdown has given me sufficient time to devise an E-Book surrounding what represents and illustrates my coaching. With an unbelievable amount of resources available now more than ever and some I’ve collated over the years, I wanted to get everything into one place. I’ve utilised and adapted amazing work from other organisations and coaches from around the world that all provide an insight into how I view, plan, approach, and reflect within my environment.

With everything, I’m humble enough to credit other people’s work and have made a conscious effort to contact as many people as possible to highlight their contribution within the E-Book. Again if I haven’t reached out to you or you feel a certain document(s) are adapted from something you’ve created, please get in contact and we’ll credit you immediately.

This has been a personal project only for my own development as a coach where I’ve spent countless hours over the last few months to create all these resources, principles, and key messages that define my coaching on Canva. I’ve attempted to be as objective as possible having supporting literature behind these key messages. I totally understand that there could be other alternative methods and principles that I could’ve included or there could be some that you disagree with (and that’s okay). As I mentioned, at the start these are a representation of my coaching and suited to the environment that I coach, and with the experiences and knowledge that have shaped my methodologies within coaching and will hopefully continue to do so.

Little snippet:

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Thank you

Richard Cashman

Founder: The Sporting Influencer and The Sporting Resource

Jorg van der Breggen: Part 1

🆕: Interview Series: Part 1

🙌🏻Meet: Jorg van der Breggen

⚽️ Role: Dutch FA – Coordinator Football Development

💭 “My tendency in the beginning to maybe keep the parents away, because of the pressure and the hazzle changed completely by bringing them closer so they better understood what we were doing. The ‘enemy’ became the ‘resource’. And I really do think that as coaches we sometimes need to be a little bit humbler, because parents know their kids much better than we as coaches do. So, I believe that it is very important to make them a part of the process!”

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You can find more about Jorg on these social media outlets:

Twitter: @JvanderB78

LinkedIn: Jorg 

Instagram: jvdb_78

Thank you Jorg for taking the time to complete the following interview questions.

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Bobby Puppione

33 – 🆕 Interview Series: Bobby Puppione

⚽️Girls Academy Director at TSJ FC Virginia
USSF A License, US Soccer Academy Director License and US Soccer Grassroots Coach Educator

🗣”My advice to parents in youth sports: Support your child’s journey in a positive way. Don’t hover over them and make it a job. Allow them to succeed and fail while helping keep things in perspective.”

⤵️Read more here:


Kurtis Wright-Pottinger

🆕First Interview of 2020

📱Meet: Kurtis Wright-Pottinger

📈Founder: Let’s Play The Game
⚽️ Experiences: Coaching local teams and in schools for almost 16 years now

🗣“Every child has their own development pathway, some want to just make friends and have fun others want to really hone their skills and take it as far as they possibly can.

Whatever their journey, a parent should be flexible with their expectations and have lots of PATIENCE!”

Read more here

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The Vicious Circle

🆕 Content: The Vicious Circle

💭”As coaches and parents, you should understand what motivates children to play football. These motivations are usually quite different from those of adults. If a coach takes the time to explain to parents and players what kind of comments are appropriate and why then young players have a better chance of flourishing.

Sometimes a vicious circle can form when a parent exhibits negative influencers.

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📍*Information/graphic originally retrieved from ©️ FA England: E:Learning: The Psychology Award Level 1.

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Ross Struel – Clarke


🆕: Interview Series
Meet: Ross Struel – Clarke
Coached in: 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇨🇳 🇺🇸

🗣“Players need to make their own mistakes and then they will learn from them in the future and it is important parents and coaches identify this and create an environment where players can make mistakes. In this incident I did speak to the parent individually and he stopped standing behind the goal. I explained the reasons behind it and to be fair he understood. That’s why it is important to have an open and honest dialogue with parents as a coach.”

Read more

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The Sporting Influencer

The key to communicating effectively with your child’s coach

NEW Guest Blog by Working with Parents in Sport

“Many parents can find this incredibly tough and finding the right balance is not always easy. Some parents are afraid to communicate anything with their child’s coach as they may be perceived to be pushy, unhinged or interfering….”

“Other parents can be overly involved and vocal both in their support and in their conversations with the coach, often overstepping the mark in what should be a healthy two way relationship…..”


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Most viewed contents in 2018

Let’s start by celebrating our most successful year to date. We managed to accumulate 35,649 views on our website, beating the previous year 2017 views by 6,618. Thank you.
Now let’s share the most viewed contents in 2018:

Thank you

The Sporting Influencer


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