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"Skills & Strategies for Coaching Soccer offers insight for coaches at any level. From basic drills to advanced practices, it details techniques and philosophies that will help you develop players both on and off the field."
Head Coach, England Women's National Football Team
Alan Hargreaves MA, Med, DLC, played for Lancashire, Loughborough Colleges, and English Universities. A fully qualified Football Association coach, he directed national residential coaching courses for players up to 18 years of age and codirected the Soccer Academy for Young Players in California. He was head coach for the British Colleges soccer team and coached professional soccer for five years—two years with Stoke City and three years with Crewe Alexandra. He has conducted numerous coaches' and players' courses in England and California and was a consultant in fitness training for soccer and hockey players.
Alan directed the fitness training program for the 1980 and 1984 British men's Olympic field hockey team. He has also worked extensively in universities, soccer coaching clinics, and residential camps, many for the American Youth Soccer Organization.
Now retired, Alan enjoys playing tennis and golf and traveling with his wife, Janet.
Richard Bate, BEd (PhysEd), played for Sheffield Wednesday, York City, and Boston United football clubs and represented the British Colleges while a student. He is a UEFA professional license holder, an FA staff coach, an AFC staff coach, a UEFA license coach, and an England Youth team coach.
Richard has coached at Leeds United FC, Notts County FC, Lincoln City FC, and Hereford United FC and has been technical director at Watford FC. He was also technical director for the Malaysian Football Association and the Canadian Soccer Association.
He has directed and conducted several UEFA professional license courses and over 25 UEFA “A” license courses. Together with S Subramaniam, he has devised and instigated the Coach Education Programme throughout Asia on behalf of the Asian Football Confederation. Currently he is director of Elite Coaching courses for the Football Association.
Richard lives in Ross on Wye with his wife, Maggie, and enjoys traveling, reading, and walking in his leisure time.