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Coppinger working with Academy

8 March 2022

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Players from Rovers Academy Youth Development phase have begun working with club legend and now head of player development James Coppinger.

Coppinger is focusing on developing their understanding of what it takes to become a professional footballer and to have a successful career in the game at any level.

The 41-year-old did a presentation and talked to the U13 to U16s about developing a Pro Mindset in all walks of life, not just sport and this will undoubtedly help them in their football journey.

This was the first in a series of meetings that will take place across the rest of the season in order to try to get the boys to start thinking differently in such areas as preparation, resilience, responsibilities, attitude and application to all areas in and around the game.

Lead Youth Development phase coach Tony Mee said: "I read James' book "Ahead of the Game" and it's like a bible for young footballer’s to help them make the most of the opportunities they have.

“As much as we advise them, when it comes from someone with James' wealth of experience it carries a lot more weight.

“The boys really engaged with the process and we're looking forward to working with Copps over the rest of the season.”

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