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Warnock impressed by 7 Elite Academy / Coaching Connexions Programme

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Stephen Warnock has praised the high standards on show from players at the 7 Elite Academy / Coaching Connexions programme.

The project delivers professional football coaching and education to youngsters in Liverpool, as well as regular opportunities to play football and study overseas.

Warnock, who played 540 games during a 16-year senior career, has joined the coaching staff at the programme after its initial expansion last year.

Stephen Warnock at a 7 Elite Academy / Coaching Connexions Programme classroom session

And he’s been impressed by the quality of facilities, both on the pitch and in the classroom.

The former Liverpool and England defender said: “When you go into the college and see students on iPads and big screens, showing formations for the training ground you know it’s the highest quality.

“The students here are in a great position. With the technology they have in clipping games and things like that, it’s good for their education and career going forward, if they choose that line of work. They’re all excellent skills.

“I would have loved to be in that position with the students’ facilities, the iPads, and the ability to improve themselves in so many ways. They’re in a great position and I hope they understand that.”

7 Elite Academy runs coaching and educational programmes for thousands of youngsters in the United Kingdom, United States and Tanzania.

Coaching Connexions supports students aged 16- 18 with gaining the skills and knowledge to progress within the Sports industry at sites across the UK.

The collaboration in Liverpool is a chance for Warnock to continue working within football after gaining his UEFA B coaching badge.

He added: “The big thing for me, with coaching and working with coaches is that the more you do it, the more you get to know the players.

“You get to see different sides of the players and know the ones you can help with bits of advice about the game and industry. It’s a good learning curve for both parties.

“The quality of football is very good, but there’s always things to work on. You watch Premier League football and players can have good or bad games.

“What the coaches are trying to drive into the players here is the need to keep standards high every single day and keep working hard. That is so important.”

 

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James Shaw