“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”
– Swami Vivekananda
Wow! Here we are, the whistle has blown for the last time this season. These past ten weeks have just flown by and I’ve cherished every moment fondly.
In this post I’ll be discussing my experience coaching the players, my personal highlights and lastly what the future holds for Coats and Goalposts. So get comfy, turn your phones on silent, put your meetings on hold as I give you insight to what happened over the thin white line.
My experience coaching the players –
Jan 8th 2017 saw the first session of ‘Super Sundays’ take place at Old Market Square, Columbia Road. I’ve known the majority of the players for a while, some have joined by word of mouth or seeing us on social media. I have ten to eleven core members but I also have people drop in when they can for pitch side vibes. The Super Sunday training program is a program that progressively intensifies week, which also included, dietary advice, body conditioning, ball skills, meditation, strength work and Yoga. Some of the stuff we’ve incorporated into the program were alien to some of the players but with repetition and hard work the players become accustomed the drills and philosophy of C&G – I’ve been lucky enough to inherit an amazing group of players. Saturday night I always visualise how things will pan out pitchside, Sunday morning I normally get very jittery because I am anxious to get underway. Once we get going, I am in my element and everything flows beautifully.
There have been many special moments I can recall but I’ve picked my top three moments that were momentous at Super Sundays. So in no particular order…
The first moment that came to mind happened during Week 2, Yogahood with Sanchia. Prior to Sanchia coming down, only three out of fourteen players had done yoga before. Seeing these young men on the mat really struck a cord with me, and that was how receptive and open they were. They allowed their bodies/minds to be free and Sanchia to give them a wonderful session that they all thoroughly enjoyed and request to have more of.
Second on the list was the award ceremony. That was a very special night, I planned making that happening on my iPhone about year ago on the train, not in my wildest dreams did I think I would’ve actually made it happen. I felt it was very important that we celebrated the players’ successes and being able to have Paul Canoville come down to share the evening with us was amazing. I was overwhelmed with the turn out and emotions once the night concluded.
And lastly, on our final session we had a training match. Myself and Courtney live in the same house – I don’t know what he had in his Weetabix but he was on it! Now Courtney is one of our guns in the team and always works hard but in this session particularly, he went above and beyond. It honestly blew me away. I’m always in his ear because I know what he’s capable of and everything just clicked on that day, which earned him man of the match.
What’s next for C&G?
Season Two kicks off on April 9th back at Columbia Road, Old Market Sqaure. For ages 16+
Coats and Goalposts Juniors (date and location TBC) we’ll be working with ages 8 to 12 and is open to all.
We’ll be hosting our own strength and condition class every Friday 10am @ SPACe Gym. Classes cost £4, to come down you must RSVP as spaces are very limited.
We’re working on new projects which I can’t say too much about at the moment, but all will be revealed soon. What I can say is we’ll be doing more work off the field, holding mobile workshops and hosting more events to raise awareness and to fundraise.
I am really looking forward to our future endeavours and everything in between. I can’t wait to get the ball rolling (no pun intended).
See y’all over the thin white line soon.
Shameek A. Farrell aka The Gaffer.