Talent ID (Soccer) – Rasmus Ankersen’s Gold Mine Affect

By | 2016-01-20T20:59:00+00:00 January 20th, 2016|Soccer Stories|

Talent ID (Soccer) - Rasmus Ankersen’s Gold Mine Affect This article will give you a practical view of how Rasmus Ankersen’s Gold Mine Affect can be used in talent identification. In his book titled “Gold Mine Effect: Crack the Secrets of High Performance” (2013), Rasmus Ankersen sets out a rather controversial view of performance and its consequences. The most attractive aspect of the work is its ability to speak to athletes, parents, guardians, coaches, clubs and anyone else that has an interest in sports. The premise of the book is that there are many great athletes out there in some of the poorest parts of the world but they are not picked up because the talent scouts in Western developed societies tend to favor the finished products of athletes who have been given every advantage and are therefore able to perform well on cue. In many ways the book explains why backwater countries like Jamaica, Ethiopia and Kenya are beginning to dominate Olympic and other athletic events. Although the phenomenon has not yet spread to soccer, there are signs that a lot is being missed. If one was to look at the English Premier League or its French counterpart, it is quite clear that many players from these parts of the world are being recruited to bolster national teams. Basically the book talks of six gold mines which are countries that currently produce or will most likely produce some of the best athletes in the world. Interestingly the gold mines [...]

Street Soccer skills sessions are coming to town

By | 2016-01-18T11:41:00+00:00 January 18th, 2016|Soccer Stories|

WITH his Street Soccer Akkademy (SSA) having been very successful in Canada, Ady Beasley has come back to his roots to bring a new and exciting programme to the youth of Redditch. The programme is a very unique concept and allows players to learn through playing and having fun with their friends. Director Ady has dedicated his life to learning new ways of coaching the beautiful game and now has one mission – to give youngsters their game back. Having travelled throughout Europe and Canada, Ady has also educated very bright students from Loughborough and Bournemouth University, along with working with Darren Laver and the International Street Soccer Association (ISSA) on holiday camps with Thomas Cook, and has decided to bring the game home. Ady said: “Street Soccer has many different styles played all over the world but what we consider Street Soccer to be is fluid play, faints, deception and extensive use of ground work as well as goals, nutmegs and creative moves to beat your opponent. “Technique and strategy are the key elements of playing a good game. “Anyone who watches a game will be able to see creativity in players and identify moments of creative flair. Players like Messi, Ronaldinho, Kaka and Ronaldo, to name a few, are some of the most creative and arguably the best.” The SSA will be staging evening and weekend programmes in and around Redditch to start with for youngsters between the ages of five and 15, along with a class for [...]