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On this page you will find a number of ideas and resources to help you with your coaching sessions, just download and print.

Goalkeeping Tutorial Success

On November 29th the club hosted their first ever Goalkeeping Tutorial. The course was aimed to give coaches, managers and parents a basic knowledge of goalkeeping techniques and skills required to succeed within matches. The course was lead by Senior Goalkeeping Coach, Dean Goodwin and Assistant Coach Matt Bennett and covered topics such as the W catch, cup, scoop, high catch, position along with much more. At the end of the course we had 15 coaches with a new, basic understanding of the position and how to identify and correct techniques.

We would like to remind you that goalkeepers train Tuesday 5-6 and Friday 6-8 at Nicholas Breakspear School and Saturday 10-12 at Highfield Park.

I just wanted to say a big thank you to Dean for the goalkeeping tutorial. I genuinely found it very interesting and really useful to know the terminology and ideas behind what you have been working on with Ellen on Tuesday evenings. I think all ideas were expressed clearly and articulately and I was very impressed with how well all questions were addressed and answered. Thank you for also providing us with the handout; I particularly want to use the warm up ideas with Ellen prior to games as I have never previously known what I should be doing other than getting her to catch some balls!  I know you were asking if there is any constructive criticism/ideas for next time, but really struggling to suggest anything other than perhaps repeating the session at a warmer time of year!  Many thanks again,  Sarah

Anthony Gosling's time at St. George's

Feedback from City Youth Coach Anthony Gosling on his recent trip to St George's Park


I was luckily enough as a young coach to attend this years Football Futures camp held at the Home of English football St. George’s park. Over the first 2 days of the four I took part in different workshops which looked at 5 different key area’s of football. Informal football, disability football, Refereeing, football presented within the media and also coaching children between 5-11 years old. These different workshops really opened my eyes to a wide range of areas in football, giving me a better understanding of all 5 areas with the most interesting one being the workshop on disability football. The next two days were the specialist training days which I selected to do coaching. Roger Davies who is FA national coaching in education manger led the two key, inspiring days which everyone would agree with me to be full of new session plans and new ideas to bring to our own coaching.

In addition to this I was lucky enough to meet some famous people from the world of football. Which was great.

The whole experience for me will really influence my progress as a coach and making a lot of new good contacts will help me go far in the future. Thank you for those who put me forward for this experience, it is something I will never forget.

Coaching Resources

Coaching Resources

Click on the thumbnail images to download the Coaching Resources

Downloads are in pdf format

Session Plans 1


Session Plans 2


Grass Roots Youth Coaching










Chelsea Coaches Sessions

Coach development Methods

Coaching Games


Games for understanding

Sky Sports

St Albans City Youth were invited to take part in the Sky Sport research into Grassroots Football earlier this year..

The programme  focussed on Under 11 teams. Sky Sports were interested in the opinions of the players, parents and coaches. The feedback will be particularly interesting to us as we are currently collating views and opinions on the benefits of 9v9 football. Part of the research involved parents recording the number of time players touched the ball in 9v9 compared to a conventional 11 a side match.

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Saturday Morning Training at Highfield Park - Back on 19th August

City Youth FC - Saturday Morning - Boys and Girls Soccer School

 Saturday Morning Training is back from 19th August

   Highfield Park - The Home of St Albans City Youth FC

  Directions to Highfield Park

 Aimed at young Children 5's years and over

 Every Saturday 10.30 - 12.00 Highfield Park Playing Fields AL4 ODB

 Saturday Morning

We always need parents to come forward to be Team Managers to help coach our younger teams.

If you are interested in being trained for one of these positions please speak to Ian Woods.

These activities are supported by the

Herts Sports Partnership

Don't forget to bring along a drink or you can buy one from the Tea Bar.

PARKING - Do-not park on the road adjacent to the pitches, ample parking is available in the Highfield Centre

For further details contact Ian Woods Tel 01727 857458