We may be edging into Spring but we’ve still got plenty of grim weather left to come. This is Britain after all. Remember “The Beast From the East” in March last year? Anyway, we’ve decided to have a look at cold weather training with some help from our friends at Football DNA.

Rethink your Warm Up

The key to keeping players focused when the cold is biting at them is to think of an imaginative warm up which will get them engaged right from the off. Think of something different to what you normally do so the players have to think a little more and their mind is taken off the conditions. It also needs to be something which gets the blood pumping quickly.

Once they are warmed up, they will soon forget about the conditions. Football DNA suggest some form of ‘tag’ game, with or without the ball, which involves lots of changing direction and minimal standing still.

Session Design

The key point to be taken from this guide is that time spent standing still needs to be kept to a minimum. This may sound like stating the obvious but it isn’t always easy to keep all 15+ players constantly engaged and on the move. Avoid having players queuing up for drills and waiting for long periods while coaches set up the next session. With that in mind it’s a good idea to have all of the drills set out with cones, markers, manikins etc. before training starts so players can move quickly between them.

Session Delivery

Rather than stopping the session to deliver coaching points or messages to the players, try to identify a method of getting your ideas across which allows your players to keep moving while you speak. Stopping everyone and getting them to stand around in a huddle for 5 minutes is clearly not the best idea.

Hydration is obviously very important however; try to keep drinks breaks as short as possible before getting going again, 30 seconds to a minute is ideal.

Keep Players Wrapped Up

Another obvious, yet sometimes overlooked point is to ensure that your players are dressed appropriately for the conditions. This is particularly important when training young children, as it is more difficult for youngsters to warm up again after they have become cold.

Remind players about the temperatures before they turn up. There’ll always be players who are happy to train whatever the weather in shorts and t-shirts but most will prefer a few more layers. Players can always take layers off if they get too hot.

Shop Winterwear

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Thanks to our friends at Football DNA, the original article can be found by clicking here.

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