“Off the Pitch with Active”

These episodes are to help parents accelerate their children’s development and confidence in their sport by applying the recommendations from professionals, coaches and specialised educators.


Active#013: Interview with Steven Hooper Inclusion Coaching, UK

68:46 minutes podcast.

Steve has been coaching for over 10 years, running Inclusion Coaching. Steve spent 4 years, between 2012 and 2016 as part of the coaching team in the Academy at Championship club Bristol City FC. He has also coached at tier 9 of the football pyramid with Witney Town FC in the Hellenic Premier Division, tier 10 with Devizes Town FC (First Team, Reserves, U18’s) and in grass roots youth football with Devizes Town and Bishops Cannings YFC.


Delivered by Inclusion Coaching, at Charlie Austin Football School, children will learn new skills, make new friends score lots of goals, make lots of saves, improve their passing, perfect dribbling and most of all have lots of fun in what they believe is the perfect environment to develop not only football skills but also social and physical skills.

In this podcast, Steve shares what Inclusion Coaching is all about and how the help children to become better decision makers in football.


1:10      Introduction to Steve Hooper and Inclusion Coaching

4:44      Steve’s coaching background from Youth Lic to EUFA B and how he develops more confident decision makers.

17:45    What is Inclusion Coaching, what is the program and how they return money back to grassroots clubs.

20:20    Small sided game approach to guide children to learn the game based on conditions set upon them.

29:30    What can parents do to get a better understanding of what the coach and club are trying to achieve.

38:50    How do you get young children set their own targets in a training session.

58:40    Start the season explaining to parents what the coach wants to achieve with developing the children.

60:02    One way how you can deal with emotions on the sideline

To contact or follow Steve’s work use these links;

Twitter: @inclusionFooty1