CAFConf 2017

Coaching Adult Football Conference A Success

The Kent FA held its first Coaching Adult Football conference on Sunday, as K Sports welcomed over 40 coaches and managers from across the county.

The conference which was packed full of useful workshops delivered by leading professionals aimed to support coaches ahead of the new season.

The day included four exclusive workshops with former Gillingham FC Academy Manager, Darren Hare opening the event with a practical session where he showcased his experience and knowledge in order to deliver an appropriate and efficient pre-season schedule to your players.

The workshop was followed by former Charlton Athletic first team coach, Damian Matthew providing an excellent insight into how teams prepare for a weekend fixture including the implementation of a game plan and tactics in both theory and practical demonstrations.

The afternoon sessions were both classroom based with Nick Gearing, Head of Analysis at Leyton Orient FC and previously Gillingham FC providing a unique insight into Match Analysis within a professional environment while British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health and Care Professions Council member, Matthew Cunliffe discussed the types of things that may affect sport performance, such as pressure, expectations, external influences, and concentration.

Football Development Office, Lee Suter said "It was a wonderful opportunity for coaches and managers from all disciplines of adult football to share good practice, network and learn from some of Kent’s top football experts".

Ravinder Marwaha who attended the day was complimentary of the day saying "Coming from someone who has no formal FA football badges, I thought it was an extremely valuable day and definitely learnt a lot through the day. This experience will help me and my team massively".

If you could not attend the conference but would like to access the resources please register at and email who will add you to the group.The

Kent FA is committed to the support and development of adult football and have produced a number of resources to help clubs recruit players and volunteers as well as support with the creation of new teams. Click here for further details.

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