I love it when people use the phrase 'long story short', it gets to the juicy bit instantly - so I'll try and make it quick.
I'm a Professional Football Coach and have years of experience working with Premier League & International Athletes, both Male and Female.
I was also the first ever full-time female coach to work in a Men's Premier League Academy as well as a proud winner of the Premier Leagues Eamonn Dolan Award.
I am football obsessed & have a huge passion for trying to get the very best out of people. I can’t stand wasted talent. If you were born with even the slightest bit of talent, I believe you should do everything you possibly can in your power to unlock that. I see too many players not reaching their potential & not looking after their own mindset & more importantly, not knowing HOW to.
As well as this, I have a huge fascination in Mental Health & the psychology of the brain. Mental Health is an issue. And from my own personal experience, a BIG issue in the football world. It's not talked about enough & again, in my opinion, there is not enough being done about it. So I wanted to do something.
I wanted to make something that locked both football & a healthy mindset in one place.
Having always been involved in the football world as well as suffering from issues with my own mental health, I wanted to create something that locked all of my knowledge, experience & learning as well as help from researchers, footballers, psychologists & coaches all over the world in one place. I wanted to make it for the people who are the reason I coach... the PLAYERS.
I therefore give you... the Player Padlock Pad.
The content & reflections will help with football development, the tasks, quotes & information will help the brain stay healthy. It’s what I think, is the perfect blend between good mental health & understanding of what a player needs to make it to the top levels.
The owners of the Player Padlock Pad will become not only better players, but better people & better people… make better footballers.
Bit by bit, I hope this pad will unlock potential players may not even know they have.
Natalie Henderson is a Professional Football Coach. She is currently England Head Coach for the WU17's and was previously Newcastle United Men’s Academy YDP Lead Phase Coach.
Natalie was the first ever female coach to be employed full time in a Premier League Male Academy and spent 8 years of her coaching career there. She was the only female to be a Lead Phase Coach within the Youth Development Phase in a PL academy (Category 1) right up until she left in 2021.
She is also a proud winner of the Premier League’s Eamonn Dolan Award, which is an award that looks to 'recognise an individual making an exceptional contribution to football coaching and/or coach development in football within the Academy environment'.
Natalie is a past player for Durham Women & Newcastle United FC.
Natalie holds the following:
UEFA A Licence
FA Advanced Youth Award
BA (Hons) Sports Development & Coaching
Premier League ECAS Coaching Degree
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