I'm Simon Bradbury, Lead Coach of our newly formed, U12 Girls only team. I've been involved with Lydiard Youth FC for over eight years seasons & am Lead coach of our U15 Hammers. I am currently undertaking my Level 2 FA qualification that has an emphasis on player profiling and individual player development.
My philosophy is to instil a team ethic that sees the players work closely to each other, build friendships and to help each other both on the football field, in training sessions and as importantly, in school and their social lives. Enjoyment is a key fundamental. My teams will always work hard, challenge each other to improve, to encourage and support one another and work to an end, team goal. In my experience those values will always be as important as perceived ability.
Development is key. Players need to play football and have as many opportunities to touch the ball as they progress through grassroots. I will always remind players that they HAVE to make mistakes if they want to learn, they HAVE to make mistakes if they want to get better.
I have three children, two boys and a young daughter. My eldest son plays for Lydiard Youth and my daughter is now in the U12 girl group. My family work within football, my brother is a UEFA A qualified coach, working in an elite academy in Austria.