Football: Bristol Academy seminar is a success

Coaches watched a training session during Bristol Academy's Female Coaching Seminar

Coaches watched a training session during Bristol Academy's Female Coaching Seminar

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THIRTY-FIVE coaches from Somerset, Gloucestershire and South Wales attended Bristol Academy's first Female Coaching Seminar.

The event gave a chance for coaches working within women's and girl's football to discuss different ideas around coaching and injury prevention with first team manager Dave Edmondson and club strength and conditioning coach Corinne Yorston.

The evening started with a 30-minute classroom based workshop with Edmondson.

This was followed by a strength and conditioning workshop by the Vixens captain, Corinne Yorston, who delivered a presentation focusing on injury prevention in female footballers.

Yorston said: "It was amazing to see so many local coaches wanting to learn and improve their knowledge."

Coaches then made their way to the new 4G facility at SGS College's Wise Campus to observe a first team training session, focusing on attacking from wide areas.

Edmondson talked coaches through his session's progression and was happy to answer further questions from enthusiastic coaches at the end of the session.

He said: "There were some good discussions and clearly some knowledgeable and enthusiastic coaches working in the women's game which is great for the region and for the further development of women's football."

As FA Club of the Year 2011 and 2013, Bristol Academy WFC is working hard to develop strong links with the community and local clubs.

The club will be looking to run another similar session later in the season following positive feedback from those who attended.

Edmondson was thrilled with the turnout and interest.

He said: "It was fantastic to see the number of grassroots coaches interested in discussing coaching methods and philosophies."

Yorston added: "It was a great opportunity to share in some of the work that we do at the club. The more we work together with local coaches the better it is for the clubs and the community and most importantly the young female footballers."

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