I don’t know anyone out there in the wide world that enjoys winning more than I do especially when it comes to football, but it is much more than the simple matter of winning matches.
In more than 25 years spent involved with this most beautiful of games one of the main things I have learnt is that defeat will always teach you more than victory, that the two are inseparable and you can’t really enjoy one without at one time or another having endured the other.
Our Boys Under 16 side has been moved from a league where they were beating most teams to one where they are losing.
There are some that now want to leave, to join the ‘winners’ and I would tell them that football is more about experiences that merely just results.
On the back of our Under 16 girls trip to Valencia we have now been invited to return, all expenses paid, to a one day tournament to be held in Spain next season. This is a direct result of being part of a team, a unit, not merely a set of individuals striving for personal glories.
Losing is always hard, often hurtful, not just for the players but also the coaches, parents, supporters, but it is something that can be overcome if you feel part of a team and are prepared to work together, show the right attitude, teamwork, camaraderie, and to listen and improve.
I would urge all of our young players to keep their heads up and stick at it and realise that victories in life neither are, nor should be, confined to playing football matches and lifting trophies. Walking away is easy, but teaches us nothing.
We are also now at Biggleswade United seriously looking at increasing the involvement of women coaches. It has come to my attention that there is a company currently giving financial assistance to girls to get their B licences and I have spoken to them asking the female coaches to contact us at the club with a view to gaining practical experience.
We would love to help them by getting them to speak to our coaches here like Fran Constancio, the head of our Academy and first team manager, Cristian Colás both of who hold Pro Licence badges which, in a coaching sense, is as qualified as you can get.
I see absolutely no reason why eventually we should not have some women coaches having the opportunity to run mens – and girls – teams at the club at all levels up to and including the first team.
The reason why there aren’t women coaches working at every level in football is simply because they have not been given the same opportunities as the men to gain the qualifications and the commensurate practical experience that comes with it and that will help them to rise to where they want to be.
Back to business and tomorrow (Sat ko 3pm) sees us on out travels again when we visit Leverstock Green before making the trip on Tuesday night to take on Holmer Green. (ko 7.45pm)
See you there