Spanish coaches to share expertise

Barry Quinn
Barry Quinn

Forfar Boys Football Club has secured a visit from four of Valencia CF’s first team coaches to deliver training at Station Park on September 16.

Stopping off in Forfar as part of their roadshow throughout the UK, the Valencia coaches will provide skills sessions and coaching drills to train the youngsters in the Spanish style of football.

The key is to reach out to school teachers and present a coaching system through which individuals and groups of coaches can unlock their true potential.

They will also learn about the psychology, the thinking, the dynamics and the passion it takes to truly help cultivate and nurture the creative football it takes to fully develop the potential of young players.

The workshop is designed as a taster session, but it will be one which lifts the lid on what it takes to craft and perfect an innovative and rewarding coaching philosophy and system.

Forfar Boys’ chairman Barry Quinn said: “This is an unbelievable coup for us and it is thanks to Garry Balfour, the Under-10s’ manager and vice-chairman, and Jed from Inspiresports.

“This was no mean feat so hats off to them.

“This will be a great experience for all our boys, having seen first-hand the quality of coaching at Valencia earlier this year.

“So we are delighted that the coaches are coming to Forfar to share their expertise as they really are the best at what they do.

“In a way we are years behind Spain in terms of development over here due to the facilities they have compared to us and obviously because they can play year-round and not have to scout around for a playable pitch in the winter.”

Carlos De Lera, Valencia FC head academy coach, added: “We have welcomed thousands of young players from the UK over the past eight years to our training complex in Spain.

“We are very excited to be given the opportunity to offer our skills and knowledge to Forfar Boys Football Club.”

To make this a real community event Forfar Boys FC is inviting some of the clubs it works with on a regular basis to the question and answer session after the training.

Representatives from Forfar Albion, Forfar Athletic, Aberdeen FC and Dundee FC will all be in attendance.

In addition to the training and Q&A sessions, Forfar Athletic chairman, Alastair Donald, has offered all the boys who take part a free ticket to a Loons game.