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On Wednesday 10th July 2013 Barry Poole visited the club to present a talk to players and parents from the Under 15s (2013/14 season). Barry told everyone a little about Pass4Soccer as well as providing an update about how his son, Phil, is doing in America. Phil won Managers Player at Wideopen Juniors in the early 1990's as well being a regular recipient of the Most Man of the match Awards. Since then he went on to play at Newcastle Academy where he was coached and encouraged by Pavel Srnicek, Simon Smith and John Carver. He gained a PFA Scolarship at Hull City FC. He then had the opportunity through a PFA US University Placement Scheme to go to Wingate University in North Carolina. While there he played for 4 years, captained for 2 years. At this stage he became involved in community coaching, gained his coaches badges and at 21 became the youngest invitee to gain National Soccer Coaches Association of America Premier Award. He became a head coach at Matthews Soccer Club Charlotte at the age of 22 and was head hunted to join the Charlotte Soccer Academy in 2004 ultimately becoming Director of Coaching. in January 2011, Phil was appointed Executive Director at Lake Norman Soccer Club in North Carolina. He oversees their expansion plans having increased players numbers from 350 to over 1300 with some in the 2 years since his appointment. He is also a member of the USSF National Coaching Staff including the Olympic Development Team.

Phil coaching Puerto RicoIt is great now for Wideopen Juniors to see what an ex-player can achieve as Phil has been Head Coach for the Canada v Puerto Rico game in the CONCACAF Qualifying Group for the 2014 World Cup. Group leaders Canada were held to a 0-0 draw. A great result and one drawing frustrated praise from the Canadian Coach and both Canadian and US media. Following this game the Puerto Rico FA extended Philip’s Coaching staff appointment into 2013 for games against teams such as Cuba, Honduras and Costa Rica. 

Phil Poole

Phil sent a message to everyone at Wideopen Juniors saying:

“Hello Everyone. There are players in this early picture like me who moved on and up into other local clubs, professional academies and even played with Premier League clubs. Roy Gordon and I remain firm friends to this day. All the lads I am sure, like me, will be indebted to the hard work all at Wideopen Juniors FC have given so unselfishly since President John Stephenson’s vision and dedication launched the club in 1987.

Philip Poole”

Phil was Managers Player in 1992 / 93 season: Roll of Honour at Wideopen Juniors

While at Hull City FC Phil came back to Wideopen Juniors to present Awards at the 1999 end of season Presentation Night along with his friend Roy Gordon who had also played at Wideopen Juniors and went on to NUFC: Special Guests

Barry shared the following information during his presentation which is invaluable advice to our players within Wideopen Football Club:

What are the Cornerstones?

FIFA’s official Philosophy of the Grassroots Game states “ FOOTBALL IS A SCHOOL OF LIFE” with the cornerstones providing the foundation for players with the help of their parents, teachers and professional coaches to help you succeed in both football and in life!


Full Game Stamina
Quickness off mark
Training habits (on & off)


Passing & Receiving,
Running with the Ball
Dribbling & Turns
Ball Control
1 v 1 Attacking


Attacking Principles
Combination Play
Forward out of Back
Defending Principle  


Attitude, Discipline, Health
Nutrition, Exercise, Behaviour
Respect , Honesty, Education
Communication, Sleep, Appearance
Self Confidence, Self Assessment
Willingness to learn
Commitment to excellence  


The Social Cornerstone - Building Bricks.

Top coaches, educators and assessors take note in these areas:

Health, Nutrition, Discipline, Sleep, Exercise, Training habits on & off field, Behaviour, Appearance, Respect, Acceptance of criticism, Honesty, Self Assessment, Education, Commitment to Excellence, Communication, Application to Feedback, Self Confidence and Winning Mentality.

Indeed, these criteria are embedded in the criteria for awarding Wideopen Juniors prestigious Stephen Thompson Award at the end of the season.

“Expectation, Desire, Determination, Talent are not enough!”

Love the Game - what can be achieved through football.

Grass Roots FA Learning and Coaching is designed enjoyment and progress.

Players aged 12 to 18 should seek out advance coaching.

The Cornerstones are the foundations for further enjoyment and progress.

Philip Poole

Visit: www.Pass4Soccer.com

If you need any advice relating to the content of Barry's presentation or Phil's work in America please contact Club Secretary, David Swan.

If you are interested in knowing more about the North East Sports Academy at Tyne Met College contact Head of Sport Mark McCutcheon at 0191 229 5242.

Class and training are held during the week at Complete Football, Gosforth Park.

PASS4SOCCER  are the chosen partners to Football League Education, English Schools’ FA and British Colleges Sports/English Colleges FA based at The North East Sports Academy in Tyne Metropolitan College.

Barry's Presentation at Wideopen Football Club