THE Club Shop at Inver Park is now stocking a book written by former Larne player Trevor McMullan.
The name of Trevor McMullan is one which has gone down in the history books of the club, having been part of the 1987 Ulster Cup win.
Following his playing career, Trevor has been involved in passing on his knowledge to the next generation of players as a coach, and has now penned a book which he hopes will help this process.
‘Seven Soccer Skills’ is a book which aims to teach both boys and girls the seven essential techniques of the game in a fun and approachable way for kids, coaches and parents alike.
There are also ‘You’re The Ref’ pages which offer a fun and challenging way to learn the laws of the game.
Trevor himself explains the reason why he put pen to paper: “This book came about as a result of years of experience teaching young football players and coaches.
“Attempting to get parents, young players and coaches to understand each other’s role in the development of the young player always seemed a challenge.
“The trigger came one day when watching a boys’ under-10 match in a local park. I heard a team manager tell a young player, who was about to take a throw-in, to ‘throw the ball down the line’. “
“I thought to myself ‘why can this young player not think and decide for himself and where, on display, are the skills associated with a throw-in that the young player and his team-mates should have been taught in training?’.
“This question started the process of writing this book, which took three years to complete.”
The book is also endorsed by Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill. He said: “Seven Soccer Skills supports the ethos of Let Them Play, the Irish Football Association’s youth football strategy, which strives to create a fun, safe and inclusive culture, thus inspiring a lifelong love of the game. I highly recommend this book.”
The book, priced at £14, will be on sale from the Club Shop at Inver Park from this Saturday.