Every Boy's Dream: England's Football Future on the Line: Britain's Footballing Future Paperback – 1 Aug 2009
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'skilfully analyses the successes and deficiencies of the academy system' --Guardian Sport
'A copy of which should be on the desk of the manager, coach or proprietor of every football club in the land as soon as possible.' --The Daily Telegraph
'Chris Green, takes a long hard look at the state of youth coaching and its findings are predictably grim. Green has uncovered a total disconnect between the game's top brass and the kids at the sharp end.' --When Saturday Comes
About the Author
Chris Green is a BBC Radio 5 Live/Radio 4/ Radio 1 broadcaster and a former presenter/producer of the sports investigative programme On The Line. His written work has appeared in The Sunday Times, Observer Sport Monthly, Financial Times, Times Educational Supplement and FourFourTwo. He is also currently a regular contributor to School Sport magazine and PE & Sport Today.
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I found the book fascinating. It is obvious that the author is passionate about English football and his frustration at football's hierarchy and their inability to work together for the good of the future of the English game becomes increasingly apparent.
The book is well researched and clearly shows what is wrong with youth development in English football and suggests a path to what should be happening.
Any football fan will enjoy the book but not the message.
With all the hype of the Premiership and anythng football, this is a sobering read - Chris Green has written a real gem here and should be compulsory reading at the FA, for any junior football coach or parent.
I've been fortunate to talk with the author and he speaks as he writes...I would love something to change and happen, after reading this book !
Any parent of a young child who feels their child has the ability to become a footballer MUST !! read this book , if only to open their eyes to what reallly goes on and how their child is likely to be treated.
I loved this book because as a Coach and a Dad of a very fine young player (He was scouted by a club at 6 , he's now 17 and playing football for Town and County ..when so many have sadly left the game !) ..I read about everything I had seen both good, bad and down right ugly and also some great ideas about what is needed to improve the game at grassroots,local club and national level.
If I could recommend one book and one book only to be on the reading list of every FA Coach or potential Coach/Manager ,it would be without any doubt this book !
Read it because if we don't listen and act the game in this country will become at best mediocre or at worst an English Player of true World Class potential will be a thing of history books and joyous memory !
A few quibbles, however. Firstly, I was hoping for more on how they do it abroad. France is often quoted as the example to follow but I didn't learn anything about how their approach might be better. What about Germany, Italy and Spain? They are strong footballing nations: how do they approach youth development? The Dutch approach sounds good, but is it all it's cracked up to be? I once went on a football tour to Germany with my sunday football team (so, obviously, not a high standard) and we were based in and around a village football facility much like the Dutch ones. Yet, despite our own lack of quality, we weren't impressed with the standard we observed.
Also, the concentration on bad news stories in order to make the point obscures the fact that there are kids who are enjoying their time with clubs and getting something out of it even though it's going to end up in disappointment for the vast majority. In the interests of balance, it would have been worthwhile interviewing some kids / parents still with clubs or at least kids / parents who hadn't been as badly let down. I'd like to think that my kid is at a club which, whilst not perfect, is at least doing its best to avoid some of the excesses listed in the book; as far as I can tell, there are other clubs out there trying to find a decent trade-off between the right thing for the kid and the right thing for the club itself.
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