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Coaching & Development, Leadership & Culture, Performance | Aug 4, 2016
England Under-21s Manager Gareth Southgate on maximising your time with talent.

When training time is limited, coaches must make the most of it. England Under-21s Manager Gareth Southgate is only be able to assemble his squad a few times per year despite the pressure on the nation to succeed in international soccer. The situation is compounded by the lack of playing time many of his charges experience at their clubs in the English Premier League.

Southgate passed a recent test with flying colours as England won the prestigious Toulon Tournament in southern France in May. He believes the trick is making sure his players feel the value of joining England training camps. “Sometimes I’ll have a squad of 23 but only 18 can get changed, but if the five who didn’t get changed go back to their clubs and say, ‘it was a worthwhile, beneficial experience’ then that is what we’re heading for,” Southgate says.

Learning Does Not Stop on the Pitch

Southgate says that young players need an appealing vision and a clear performance pathway. “For us it’s not just about the style of play but the principles of being in the England system and mixing with players of other teams.”

In an exclusive interview with the Leaders Performance Institute, Southgate explains how England demonstrate the value of their programme to young players through:

  • Building a unified and consistent playing culture from Under-15 to the senior England team
  • Game-based learning
  • Reflecting and consolidating learning beyond the training pitch
  • Giving players a say in their personal development

For access to the full interview and 2,300-word article, and to the most comprehensive bank of cutting-edge performance content in the world, including best practice case studies, original research, and an archive of hundreds of panel discussions, presentations and talks, become a member of the Leaders Performance Institute today.

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