About 4 months ago (April 2022), my preparation for coaching St.Paul's School 1st XI for season 2022 has begun. I know most of football students in this school especially old age group (Y9-Y12). Because this is my 3 rd year at the school as their 1st XI Football Head Coach. Past seasons, Preseason training, School holiday development clinics have been helping me to know students as well as school football families and the culture in this school.
TAS competition for each football team have deferent environment as some schools traditionally have (had) full time football program under the school(s) initiative. Or another schools have a joint program with local NPL clubs. These schools have benefit about coaching quality, recruiting football scholarship students, as well as much more amount of training hours comparing other schools in the school groups (TAS). The rest of schools are not particularly focusing on football including where I coach.
My team/ the school never have full time football program or football scholarship students (Of course some students are really good players though). This school focus on academic as well as balance of sports education. I was very interested in coaching this school to compete against other bigger schools who also have advanced benefits in football environment when I had first meeting with some school sports stakeholders here. Because, I thought all of our better results based on game performance will be recognised as our proper development under my coaching.
We have played 6 games so far in this season, and our team results are 4 wins and 2 draws (21 goals, 4 conceded goal /+ 17 as the goal deferences).
We have one more regular season game and if we can secure another point, we are able to go to final.
To put it mildly, I have to say that these results and the performance of the players who support them are connected. And there is also the daily school and instruction site effort. The students have continued to work hard to respond to it. I think we have a wonderful consciousness united under the school symbol.
There is passion in school football. And there is a drama in which the school and parents work together to create a page of tradition. As a coach, I will continue to make efforts in football so that I can contribute to the growth of the students and the evaluation of the school.
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