Thoughts from Day 1 of the Manchester United Special Topics Course
Posted by Chris Clements, NSCAA Membership Development Coordinator on Feb 7, 2013 in Events 0 Comments
The NSCAA provided a unique opportunity for a group to travel to Manchester, England, on an exclusive Special Topics course about long term athlete development led by Rene Meulensteen, First Team coach for Manchester United. Chris Clements, NSCAA Membership Development Coordinator, will provide brief recaps and photos from each day of the tour.
February 6 brought the first session on the Manchester United trip, a two-hour classroom discussion with first team coach Rene Meulensteen. Rene provided an inspirational discussion based on his strategies for success, the same strategies that Manchester United have employed both in the youth programs and with the first team.
Rene used an inspirational presentation that incorporated video clips from Manchester United first team and youth teams to help the course attendees understand the fundamentals of the philosophy. Rene’s philosophy looks at four key elements: the physical, personality, basic skill and decision making. All four of these elements held to make the complete player at every age. If one of these areas are missing or lacking, then it will affect the complete player. In order to be a world-class player, you need all four elements. Rene, also broke down a timeline for the development of a complete player providing the information of what you should be focusing on at what age.
After the classroom session, the England vs. Brazil game was turned on the television and the candidates watched the game with Rene and NSCAA Director of Coaching Education, Ian Barker. This provided a great opportunity for some coaches to personally talk with Rene and Ian about the game as it unfolded. A great end to an amazing first day!