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PNE Academy Host Second Successful Grassroots Event

1 December 2014

Over 80 coaches attended a grassroots coaching conference hosted by the Preston North End Academy on Thursday.

The conference, hosted at Myerscough College, was constructed to help engage, educate, support and inspire local coaches from Preston and the surrounding area who work and volunteer at grassroots level in the game, the second such event held by the Academy this year.

The evening contained a theory and practical element with coaches from the Academy working with their players from U13s-15s level.

First team goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly also delivered a session involving the young ‘keepers which then integrated the outfield players

In addition to the event, which was supported by the FA and provided the grassroots coaches with three hours of Continuous Professional Development (CPD), all sessions and presentation packages will be sent to the attendees for them to implement the philosophies and strategies of the Academy into the clubs and players they work with.

Speaking about the hugely successful evening, Head of Coaching Stuart Delaney said: “After the success from the first Grassroots Conference which was held in March 2014, we as an Academy staff decided that the focus should be more towards the practical element of player development.

“16 sessions were delivered as best practice with visuals supporting the coaches and players’ learning.

“We had an excellent turn out from the local grassroots game and engaged them in various thought provoking activities.

“These included the journey of a developing player, how and why planning can accelerate an individual’s learning which will benefit the group through goal setting and how to plan and deliver coaching sessions based around the in, out & transition of possession.

“The feedback which we have received already from the grassroots coaches is very positive and they appreciate all the hard work and support which the Academy is providing.

“The grassroots initiative which the Academy have delivered is unique to the professional game by providing CPD opportunities to local coaches who give a lot of their free time up to develop local youngsters and it is important that we continue this support in the future and give something back to the grassroots game.

“I would like to thank Myerscough College for providing us with a first class facility for the evening and also all the Academy coaches and players who provided the local grassroot coaches with the quality of sessions on show.”

If you would like your Club to be considered for the next grassroots conference then please email your interest to and we will notify you of the next event when we send out the advertisement.

The next Conference, we hope, will be delivered in March 2015.

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