Coaches Continue to Develop as Development Centre Grows


As the third session begins for Cookstown Youth’s Development Centre we have seen a significant rise in the numbers attending. The 2014/2015 season saw an average of 86 kids and currently after the second session the average is 160 kids, with our U8’s competing in the small sided games at Castlecaulfield 3G and our U10’s at the Mid-Ulster Sports Arena on a Friday night. With the introduction of a senior team on the club’s 25th year anniversary it is important to continue to develop players and push them into this team and support the growth of the club, and this begins at our Development Centre.

As a club we want to develop players that are creative, skilful, comfortable on the ball, confident in a 1v1 situation and that can score goals while creating an enjoyable atmosphere with social interaction. Through consultation the board took the decision to invest in an Introductory Coerver Coaching Course for all its coaches. In December 2015, Austin Speight UK and Ireland Director of Coerver Coaching gave an insight into philosophy of Coerver Coaching and how it can be implemented, providing lectures on the pyramid of Coerver Coaching, which is Ball Mastery, Receiving and Passing, 1v1 Attack/Defence, Speed, Finishing and Group Play





Following this, several of the administrators of the Development Centre attended Coerver’s Youth Diploma 1 in Belfast in February. This two day training course over consecutive Sundays covered the topics of Coerver Approach to Coaching and Session Planning for your Season. Another coach attended the Youth Diploma 2 course held in Dundalk over a weekend in which Coerver Co-Founder Alf Galustian presented lectures and demonstrated practical’s on the idea of Box Attack and Defence and gave his insight into the fundamentals of Coerver Coaching. Austin Speight demonstrated a ball mastery session with 5-12 year old kids showing that these skills can be introduced at a very young age with Dr Peter Bain presenting a lecture on “The Brain and the basis of Confidence and Creativity”.


The feedback from all our coaches has been very positive and the kids have enjoyed the practical sessions while developing individual and team based skills.

Development Centre coordinator David Millar commented: I have a different approach on how I set out my training sessions now and have seen a significant improvement in individual and team based skills for the 2002 age group. Regarding the kids that attend the Development Centre, it is clear to see that the players are more comfortable on the ball thanks to the Ball Mastery. The Development Centre is growing and as a Club we will try and educate our coaches in providing a positive learning culture for players to gain confidence and enjoy themselves.

CYFC Developement Cntr coaches , 20.11.15




New Coaches/Volunteers

CYFC Have welcomed several new coaches/Volunteers over the past 2 years within the development centre and club as a whole; the new coaches have been made very welcome and have undergone Club courses including IFA grassroots and level 1 coaching courses. The courses can cost the club anything from £250 upwards for each person and CYFC have been able to source support grants from the Local McDonalds, AIVC/LCDI/DSD Volunteer grants and from Sports NI to cover some of the costs over the past 2 years.

CYFC PRO Andy Kelly Commented: Over the past number of years we have started our coach mentoring program and have got a great response from people that are still playing the game or just finished ,or people that either had an interest in the game or just wanted to get involved with our club. But with the club continuing to grow year on year we still need more people to fill vital roles within our club to continue with our growth.  We would also be keen to recruit Duke of Edinburgh and President Award students to volunteer with us as part of their awards and in doing this they could come away with an accredited coaching badge.

Would you be interested in becoming a Volunteer to help out with different roles in CYFC ?

This may be as a coach at the development centre, manager of a team, take photos of matches, help with teams on match day.Our aim as a club is to develop a positive learning culture for both our players and coaches. If you are interesting in getting involved with the club in any capacity contact our PRO Andy Kelly on 07872901473 or e-mail

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Copeland in association with COOKSTOWN YOUTH FC support Cookstown Youth Development Centre coaching in the community.

Local manufacturing company COPELAND Cookstown, who are part of the EMERSON Climate Technologies Group are once again very supportive of CYFC Development Centre. Through the support and Association from Copeland the development centre has been able to offer  free sessions to every child that has attended the centre on the 1st and 2nd terms already. CYFC development centre co-ordinator Niall Hunter commented “The support from Copeland has been great, they were very happy to support CYFC but wanted to make sure that all children from the local community that attended our development centre  were getting something back. We have been able to run free sessions for all children attending on a given night which is great and we also handed out over 160 Easter Eggs at the end of the 2nd term, once again because of the support from Copeland. This will continue into the 3rd and last term of the year as well.”

Cookstown Youth FC joint Chairman Stafford Thompson stated ” The support for the Development Centre from Copeland Cookstown has been a major boost to the Club and has helped us to take the Centre to a higher level in what we can offer the children of the area. Copeland have been a major employer in the Cookstown area for over twenty years now and it is great for CYFC to be able to work with company of such standing.

CYFC have been very fortunate to have secured a long term sponsorship deal with another local firm , Steelweld Fabrications , and now the support from Copeland Cookstown has only served to cement and grow our relationships with major companies in the community and this support is vital to the continued support of Cookstown Youth Football Club.”

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