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Coaches Complete Successful Trip Of The Basque Region

Coaches Complete Successful Trip Of The Basque Region

Eleven EFL coaches and two PFA coach educators have returned to the UK following a week of learning across the Basque region.

League Football Education’s Coaches Trip, funded by Erasmus+, exposed the group to Spanish methodology, highlighting a range of theories and techniques around the development of young players and coaches.

During the six-day project, the coaches visited La Liga clubs Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and SD Eibar, watching training sessions of various age groups and engaging in open forums with Heads of Methodology and first-team staff.

Coaches were given particularly open access to Sociedad’s philosophy via a full day spent with Head of Academy Luki Iriarte, while Eibar Head Coach José Luis Mendilibar took time out of his schedule to lead a Q&A session.

Meanwhile, the travelling party also studied local outfits Arenas Club and Danok Bat CF for an insight into their role as feeder clubs to the bigger Academies.

  • Day 1 | Coaches outside hotel in Bilbao
  • Day 1 | Athletic Bilbao training ground
  • Day 1 | Athletic Bilbao Head of Methodology Andoni Bombín welcomes the coaches
  • Day 1 | Coaches at Athletic Bilbao training ground
  • Day 1 | Athletic Bilbao Head of Methodology Andoni Bombín delivers a talk
  • Day 1 | Coaches during workshop led by Athletic Bilbao Head of Methodology Andoni Bombín 1
  • Day 1 | Coaches during workshop led by Athletic Bilbao Head of Methodology Andoni Bombín 2
  • Day 1 | Jason Pearcey shares knowledge with Athletic Bilbao Women’s Goalkeeper Coach Manex Sagarna
  • Day 1 | Neil Wainwright at Athletic Bilbao
  • Day 1 | Coaches watch Athletic Bilbao first and second team training 1
  • Day 1 | Coaches & Athletic Bilbao staff pose outside the training ground
  • Day 2 | Question & answer session with Arenas Club's Head Coach & Sports Director
  • Day 2 | Coaches watch Arenas Club first team training 1
  • Day 2 | Coaches watch Arenas Club first team training 2
  • Day 2 | Group meal
  • Day 2 | Danok Bat CF Coach Julen Santisteban delivers a talk 1
  • Day 2 | Danok Bat CF Coach Julen Santisteban delivers a talk 2
  • Day 2 | Coaches during a talk from Danok Bat CF Coach Julen Santisteban
  • Day 2 | Danok Bat CF Coach Julen Santisteban delivers a talk 3
  • Day 2 | Staff at Danok Bat CF
  • Day 3 | Athletic Bilbao's San Mamés Stadium 1
  • Day 3 | The Coaches experience a guided tour of the San Mamés Stadium 1
  • Day 3 | The Coaches experience a guided tour of the San Mamés Stadium 2
  • Day 3 | Athletic Bilbao's San Mamés Stadium 2
  • Day 3 | The Coaches experience a guided tour of the San Mamés Stadium 3
  • Day 3 | Tom Pell during the guided tour of the San Mamés Stadium
  • Day 3 | The Coaches experience a guided tour of the San Mamés Stadium 4
  • Day 3 | Athletic Bilbao's dressing room
  • Day 3 | The Coaches experience a guided tour of the San Mamés Stadium 5
  • Day 3 | The Coaches experience a guided tour of the San Mamés Stadium 6
  • Day 3 | The Coaches experience a guided tour of the San Mamés Stadium 7
  • Day 3 | Athletic Bilbao's San Mamés Stadium 3
  • Day 3 | The Coaches experience a guided tour of the San Mamés Stadium 8
  • Day 3 | Tom Pell & Stuart English at the San Mamés Stadium
  • Day 3 | Steve Torpey, Neil Wainwright, Jason Pearcey & Kyle Kirby at the San Mamés Stadium
  • Day 3 | Lewis Craig at the San Mamés Stadium
  • Day 3 | Iain Sankey & Steve Torpey at the San Mamés Stadium
  • Day 3 | Kyle Kirby & Rob Williams at the San Mamés Stadium
  • Day 3 | Athletic Bilbao's San Mamés Stadium 4
  • Day 3 | Athletic Bilbao's San Mamés Stadium 5
  • Day 4 | Real Sociedad training ground 1
  • Day 4 | Real Sociedad training ground 2
  • Day 4 | Real Sociedad Head of Academy Luki Iriarte welcomes the coaches
  • Day 4 | Real Sociedad training ground 3
  • Day 4 | Real Sociedad Head of Academy Luki Iriarte leads an open forum 1
  • Day 4 | LFE Project Manager Dan Jolley introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | PFA Coach Educator Iain Sankey introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | PFA Coach Educator Steve Torpey introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | Cardiff City Head of Coaching Tom Ramasut introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | Shrewsbury Town Head of Coach Development Rob Williams introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | Walsall PDP Coach Kyle Kirby introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | Morecambe U18 Academy Coach Neil Wainwright introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | Birmingham City Academy Head of Coaching Stuart English introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | Wigan Athletic U18s Head Coach Peter Murphy introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | Colchester United U18s Lead Coach Liam Bailey introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | Salford City Assistant Head of Academy Lewis Craig introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | Derby County Goalkeeper Coach Jason Pearcey introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | Fleetwood Town Head of Coaching Matt Blinkhorn introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | Cambridge United Academy Manager Tom Pell introduces himself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | LFE Project Officer Kelly Butterworth introduces herself to Real Sociedad staff
  • Day 4 | Real Sociedad Head of Academy Luki Iriarte leads an open forum 2
  • Day 4 | Real Sociedad Head of Academy Luki Iriarte leads an open forum 3
  • Day 4 | Real Sociedad Head of Academy Luki Iriarte leads an open forum 4
  • Day 4 | Real Sociedad Coaches discusses his session plan for afternoon training 1
  • Day 4 | Real Sociedad Coaches discusses his session plan for afternoon training 2
  • Day 5 | SD Eibar's training ground
  • Day 5 | SD Eibar first team get training underway
  • Day 5 | SD Eibar first team training warm up
  • Day 5 | SD Eibar Head Coach José Luis Mendilibar & Analyst Andoni Azkargorta hold a Q&A session 1
  • Day 5 | SD Eibar Head Coach José Luis Mendilibar & Analyst Andoni Azkargorta hold a Q&A session 2
  • Day 5 | SD Eibar Head Coach José Luis Mendilibar & Analyst Andoni Azkargorta hold a Q&A session 3
  • Day 5 | The coaches pose with SD Eibar Head Coach José Luis Mendilibar & Analyst Andoni Azkargorta
  • Day 5 | SD Eibar's Ipurua Municipial Stadium
  • Day 5 | Coaches take a tour of SD Eibar's Ipurua Municipial stadium
  • Day 5 | SD Eibar Head of Methodology Jordi Clares leads an interactive meeting 1
  • Day 5 | Peter Murphy gets involved during Jordi Clares' methodology workshop
  • Day 5 | SD Eibar Head of Methodology Jordi Clares leads an interactive meeting 2
  • Day 5 | Lewis Craig gets involved during Jordi Clares' methodology workshop
  • Day 5 | Coaches & LFE staff sit down for an end of trip meal 1
  • Day 5 | Coaches & LFE staff sit down for an end of trip meal 2

Coach Participants:

  • Stuart English (Birmingham City)
  • Tom Pell (Cambridge United)
  • Tom Ramasut (Cardiff City)
  • Liam Bailey (Colchester United)
  • Jason Pearcey (Derby County)
  • Matt Blinkhorn (Fleetwood Town)
  • Neil Wainwright (Morecambe)
  • Lewis Craig (Salford City)
  • Rob Williams (Shrewsbury Town)
  • Iain Sankey (The PFA)
  • Stephen Torpey (The PFA)
  • Kyle Kirby (Walsall)
  • Peter Murphy (Wigan Athletic)

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