The trainer training of the future

The trainer training of the future

Last week we published a guest article on the topic “The trainer training of the future” at Spond. If you're wondering how training could work in the future, what the focus is and how long a license like this could take, just take a look and read the following article.

If you talk to fellow trainers and ask how their trainer training went, you will often get the same answers. The training of 10-20 years ago does not differ in many respects from that of today.

However, “learning” is changing. Especially through the use of new media and the associated opportunities to learn online from anywhere. This will change coach training in the coming years. If we ask a fellow trainer about his C-license training in 5 years at the latest, this could be his answer:

“The training was very intensive, but incredibly good. It is now structured very differently than it was a few years ago. There is now a connection between face-to-face and online training. The training lasts a total of 8 weeks, with regular changes between the face-to-face and online phases. The amount of attendance time is approximately 2.5 weeks and the online training is 5.5 weeks. The attendance times were very intensive. The online training is structured so that new tasks, lectures or group work take place every few days. It is possible to complete this after work, so that

no extra vacation is needed. The attendance time is a little longer than yours back then, but many lectures will take place online, so that every trainer can receive better and more intensive training in practice .

But wait, let me tell you in more detail:

After successfully registering for the training course, all participants receive a link to an online portal that accompanied us throughout the entire training. The portal serves as a virtual classroom in which live conferences are held, presentations are presented and game scenes and forms of training are commented on and discussed. There are also course materials stored there that are available for download. The portal is also available as an app, so you can not only access it on your computer, but also view or read new content while on the go.

The trainer training no longer began at the sports school, but with all course participants on a specific day in the learning portal. Here we got to know each other for the first time, as well as the first group tasks that we presented during the first face-to-face time.

As I said, many theoretical topics are taught during the online training period via the portal , so that the face-to-face time could be used much more intensively for practice . External trainers have either given live lectures or posted lectures on the portal. Through a comment function in the stored videos, we were able to ask trainers questions, which can then be answered not only by the trainer, but also by fellow trainers. Social online learning has found its way into trainer training.

The practical units were all filmed with a 360-degree camera. The camera is on the square. The video is then uploaded to everyone's private account in the portal , so that afterwards we could look closely at what we said, how we said it and whether the players reacted to it the way we wanted. We also received VR glasses for the duration of the course so that we can optimally imagine ourselves back in the situation. Self -reflection plays a big role here. Anyone who wants to can also unlock the video for others to get feedback.

In terms of content, the focus is very much on how we communicate correctly with individual players and the team. The course, which took 3 days alone , is called “Man Management”. Although the communication skills were probably already trained in your time, it is now clear that a coach today needs much better soft skills in order to really bring out the potential of his players or to recognize problems more quickly. But it was also about the correct coaching behavior during games and training. There were always role plays, lectures and tasks. The three days were really intense, but extremely helpful. During the online training period there were also further suggestions that we should then specifically try out in our teams.

The lectures on how we can improve our players' perception and decision-making skills were very interesting. Here it is really important to understand how the processes in the brain work and how we can specifically train them in training. The training bibs from RESWITCH¹ are an exciting training tool. A lot has happened on these topics in recent years , but the priority remains very high. Another focus of training is data analysis. However, this varies in length and intensity depending on the license level. The aim is for us to understand how to interpret data correctly and not blindly follow the data hype or categorically exclude it, but rather consciously question what you can and cannot use for your training at your playing level. It was exciting to gain an insight into the database of a large provider. We were given really cool tasks. For example, we had to choose the best player at Euro 2024 from a data perspective. That was exciting because it was a different player than expected.

Tactics training today is specifically designed for game principles. Every coach should develop his own game principles that promise success. This is separate from any gaming systems. They are no longer such a high priority. Much more attention is paid to how our players act in individual situations. We have now developed individual options for action based on how a player triggers a situation. This is of course much more complex than it probably was back then. I really like the fact that it goes into so much depth today.

Basically, the training was really long and very intensive. However, I gained so much for the practice during this time that it was really worth it. The structure of the online and face-to-face training is great because it really goes into depth. I can only recommend the training to you.

What's great is that we can now also do training courses online or via the app, which will receive points. This now gives us the opportunity to view missed training courses. The points system is now structured a little differently.

The points are no longer just there to extend the license. Today , hard-working trainers who train regularly are “rewarded” extra. Depending on how many milestone points I reach, I can take part in an elite youth license training course or A-license training course or I can choose training aids that will then be sent to me. Training is also really fun. I think a real culture of further education and training has emerged. I think that's great because you can always develop further. But tell me, what was your training like back then and how are you continuing your education today?”….

I think we are entering a time when “learning” as we know it will change. We will certainly receive more intensive and multimedia training and further training in the future. This development will also find its way into coaching training, simply because it is important to deal with football in even more detail. The trainer training of the future described would be so useful for us trainers that I would wish I had experienced it myself.

Would you register for the trainer training of the future described?

What do you think of the idea of ​​further training?

The article was published on April 5, 2019 by Spond:

Author: Tammo Neubauer

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