07 Sep 2017


LMA Ambassador Alan Irvine and the hugely successful athletics coach Toni Minichiello were the special guest presenters at the first LMA Technical Performance Clinic of the 2017/18 season, hosted at Burton Albion's Pirelli Stadium on Wednesday 6th September 2017.

Irvine and Minichiello were asked to share their insight and experiences of coaching, based on the theme Skill Development at an Elite Level, with the 100 managers and coaches in attendance at the event.

The day started with Irvine delivering a practical training session to Burton Albion's academy players, showcasing a number of technical training drills developed throughout his career. Whilst working with the group, supported by Burton's academy coaches, Irvine regularly addressed his onlooking peers, articulating his coaching ideas before and after putting them into practice on the field.

He followed this up with an interactive 30 minute Q&A session, hosted by LMA Technical Manager John Duncan, providing further insight into the importance of balancing skill development with team performance and achieving results. This included examples of when he had worked with players on their weaknesses and enabled them to dramatically improve their performance.


The LMA then welcomed Toni Minichiello, former coach to Olympic and three-time World Champion athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, to take part in a 45 minute Q&A session on how he was able to develop one of Britain's most successful athletes of the past 15 years.

Minichiello's experiences with Ennis-Hill provided a unique and fascinating account of how a coach can continue to raise the bar and encourage constant improvement in the development and performance of an individual athlete. Whilst his experiences as a coach have been outside of football, his ideas and advice were so easily transferable across sports that the majority of managers and coaches went home with a different perspective of how to improve their players and teams in future.

The next LMA Technical Performance Clinic is due to take place in November 2017; further details to be released soon.