Talk with Alf Galustian and Mathew Syed
I attended a talk with Alf Galustian, co-founder of Coerver, a coaching method and philosophy used all around the world; and Mathew Syed, ex British table tennis star and now journalist and author, most known for ‘Bounce’.
The talk began with a brief introduction from Joe Joyce, NUFC Academy Director, he addressed the Academy players and parents that were in attendance, as well as the Academy coaches and other youth coaches. He outlined NUFCs mission statement for the Academy and touched on areas that would later pop up in both speeches. Alf Galustian took to the microphone and briefly outlined to the parents and players, the method behind Coerver and how this incorporated into training at NUFC and other clubs. Alf explained how the kids are ‘stressed’ as they train to improve their skill level, basically increasing difficulty gradually to ingrain the skill. He slightly touched on the nature/nuture argument and grabbed the kids’ attention by talking about Messi and how it was possible they could be like him. Unfortunately, the recording did not pick up much of Alfs talk, but if you have seen him before, it was not anything new. He outlined the areas which they have identified as the key components to a technical player, such as ball mastery and being confident in a 1v1 situation. Alf did highlight later on, which is on the audio, that he could ‘teach a player 46 ways to beat an opponent’. 46!
Alf only spoke for about ten minutes and passed on to Mathew, luckily for me/us, this recording has worked and here are the clips for you to enjoy. I found this talk very interesting and useful, especially for the parents and players of the Academy, who I believe this had a great effect on. I particularly liked the part about motivation and the effect of using the word ‘talent’, I knew some of the players and parents in the room, and as I was waiting outside to talk to one of them, I could hear all of the parents talking about practice, the kids mentioning motivation and wanting to learn, which was impressive! Enjoy Please listen to 1 – 2 – 3 -5 – 6 – 4 in that order!