Friday, 12 May 2017

Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching unveil latest signing as Smith Newmans become Community Project Sponsor

Matt Le Tisser Natural Coaching are delighted to announce that a sponsorship deal has been struck with Winchester accountants Smith Newmans, helping us to fund a Community Sports Project launched in more than 20 Schools across Hampshire and Wiltshire.
"SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED, I'M YOURS!": Matt Le Tissier presented new Community kit by Nigel Newman 
Smith Newmans, a firm of Accountants Business and Tax Advisers, are sponsoring our Community Sports Coaching Programme, allowing us to provide local children to take part in Sport and enjoy Matt's "Play with Freedom" philosophy.

Our Community Programmes are currently being run in Schools in and around Southampton, including Chandlers Ford, Winchester, North Baddesley and Salisbury with our Coaching Team keen "to make a Positive Difference".

The new Sponsorship from Smith Newmans will go towards funding new equipment and team kit for the aspiring youngsters, with our coaches wearing new shirts sporting the Smith Newmans company logo.

Director of Smith Newmans Nigel Newman explains:

“We’ve been Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching’s accountants since the company began and the community programmes they run are truly inspiring – supporting kids through sport and helping to spot the footballing stars of the future. As a local firm we wanted to alleviate some of the funding issues and help this valuable community project expand into other local schools.”

Matt Le Tissier adds:

“Obviously it’s fantastic for Smith Newmans to support us. The funding will help the community coaching programme in the schools across the Hampshire and Wiltshire area. It’s a great opportunity for kids to come and play football and learn in a supportive and positive environment with top coaches. This is just the beginning for us - and we may just find the next big star of the Premier League!”

You can find a Video News Release featuring interviews with Matt Le Tissier and Nigel Newman is available here:

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching Academy Players invited to train at Staplewood

We are delighted to announce that all of our U7 - U16 Academy Players are invited to a Training Day at Southampton FC's Staplewood Training Ground on Wednesday 19th April!!!

#WeMarchOn Matt broke the exciting News to our Academy Players via his Twitter page

This fantastic opportunity will see our Academy Players train with Southampton FC Academy Coaches as well as MLTNC Coaches, before being treated to a tour around the famous Staplewood Training Ground complex.

This is a FREE event and we ask all our U7 - U16 Academy Players to email to confirm their place.


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Will's Story: We welcome on board our first ever Player from the Isle of Wight

We welcome our first ever player from the Isle of Wight into the #MLTNCFamily as Will joins the Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching Academy after impressing our Coaches.

"Footy-Mad"12 year-old Will attends Christ the King Secondary School on the Isle of Wight and is now a family member of our Academy U13's, becoming the first "islander" to do so, making the journey across every Wednesday and Friday with Dad, Ian!
MAKING HEADLINES: Will features in Island County Press
Will is passionate about football, not just playing it but studies stats all the time, and also has an interest in Athletics, competing for his School and island Athletics Teams in Hampshire at 100 and 200 metres as well as various field events, especially the high jump which he set the record for at primary school!

Will's young sporting journey hasn't been so straight forward and is one of personal triumph having been diagnosed with Children's epilepsy only three years ago, having just moved to the island at the end of 2012.

At that time Will was told by a consultant to avoid all contact sports including football, swimming, cycling & skateboarding. A huge blow for a sports mad nine year old Will, and his family.

Will was determined this was not going to stop his dreams and against all expectations he has resumed all his sport over time and in the last 18 months started to excel at both athletics and football.

This time last year he was still on 8 doses of medicine a day but being fit free for over two years now, he has gradually reduced that, and on Christmas day 2016 he was able to stop taking anything. You can see what a triumph that was for him. He was given a positive report by the consultant in the summer but only due to massive growth spurts has he kept taking a nominal amount of medicine as a precaution but he entered the New year, a very happy and healthy child.
"ALL ABOARD SHIP": Will pictured with our Head Cochaes Joe Partington, Franny Benali & "Pele" at the Academy
The consultant described his changes as "remarkable". He is determined to succeed and perhaps more than most, wanting to prove people wrong who dismissed him three years ago.

"Our son William has joined in the under 13s this year and been taken into the Academy. From the first moment we arrived at MLTNC we were made to feel extremely welcome and important despite all the other children that play here."

"The coaches went out of their way to talk to us after our first training session and that has not changed as the weeks have passed. Steve and all the coaches are always available to talk to, happy to give feedback, and above all else so positive in how they coach the children."

"While there is the necessary level of constructive criticism and good behaviour expected, the atmosphere here is better than any other academy we have so far attended." "What impressed us most was the focus on Will's health as we travel over from the Isle of Wight, and the potential impact on his schooling due to the longer days and travel. This is symptomatic of the attitude throughout the club and adheres to Matt's philosophy in every way."

"Add to that Claire's kindness to us as the "overseas player"  - (and her tea and sandwich selection on offer)   - what more could you want!"

"Thank you for making us so welcome and thank you for such a great opportunity" Ian Hall - Father.

If any local businesses or private individuals would like to sponsor Will, then please contact:

From all us here at "MLT" keep up the great work, Will!

Friday, 18 November 2016

Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching Director Francis Benali receives Freedom of Southampton

On Wednesday 16th November, Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching Director, Francis Benali, was granted the Freedom of Southampton.

SUPER-FRAN: Stands proud with Honorary Award
The honour was awarded in recognition of Fran's fund raising achievements for charitable causes, having raised more than £390,000 for Cancer Research UK.

In his most recent Challenge, Benali's Big Race Fran ran a marathon and cycled 75 miles (120km) each day for a fortnight in October with the 1,000-mile (1,600km) route linking 44 football clubs taking him to South Wales, the Midlands and the North-West, before crossing the country and returning via East Anglia and London.

Fran was welcomed "Home" with a standing ovation from fans when he arrived at St Mary's Stadium at half-time during the home match against Burnley on 16th October.

All the MLTNC Team are extremely proud of Franny as he continues to act as a truly inspirational and positive Role Model for not only our Players, but our Coaches too.

Monday, 1 August 2016

Matt makes Ben's Big Day with Chauffeur Surprise!

On Wednesday 20th July, Matt pulled off one of the biggest surprises for our Academy Goalkeeper Ben, as he turned up at his doorstep to chauffeur him to his Year 6 Prom!

ALL ABOARD: Ben & MLT arrive in style at the Prom
Ben's Mum & Dad had been in on the Big Surprise after initially running the idea passed Steve Phillips who asked Matt whether he would shock Ben, who has been attending our Toynbee Academy since it's birth in 2012.

Matt was keen to make it happen, so arrived equipped with Chauffeur hat at the Shaw household just in time before the Prom with Ben still completely unaware.

PAPARAZZI: Ben & MLT pose for pictures!
After going for a quick spin, suited and booted, “looking a million dollars,” Ben arrived with Chauffeur MLT at the Prom to steal the spotlight!

"Ben was so surprised and a little overwhelmed I think and he absolutely loved it." ... Click here for video!


Friday, 15 July 2016

Congratulations to Kezia who signs for Saints' Girls Team

SAINT KEZIA: Jody, Pele & Fran congratulate Kez!
Matt & all the Coaching Team would like to say a massive Well Done to Kezia, who becomes the 19th #MLTNCFamily member in four years to join a Professional Club after signing for Southampton FC's Girls U10's Team.

Kezia joined us initially a few seasons back at our Monday Development Centre and quickly caught the eye of our Coaching Team who promoted her up into our Wednesday Academy where she’s continued to flourish.

We are all very proud and excited for young Kezia, who has been a delight to coach and has a great attitude and desire to improve, along with bundles of natural ability.

FAREWELL KEZIA: Fellow U10, U11 & U12 #MLTNCFamily members wish Kez all the best!
"We would like to thank you, the fantastic coaches for all you have done for Kezia. She has enjoyed every moment of her time at MLT and we believe the coaching has improved both her technical ability and her understanding of the game. Thank you for letting her join the boys!” Kezia's Parents, Sharon & Mark.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Meet the Coaches: Matt Le Tissier Natural Coaching's Joe Partington on his nine year journey with AFC Bournemouth

LOOKS THE PART: Joe acts as a fantastic role model
As the 2015/2016 season draws to a close, our Academy & Community Coach Joe Partington looks back on his nine year stint with AFC Bournemouth.

Joe played a part in "The Cherrie's" rise up through the ranks, from League Two to the Premier League.

Now, a key figure of Eastleigh FC, playing in the Vanarama National League, Joe hopes he can help "The Spitfires" climb up the Leagues and reduplicate the AFC Bournemouth success story of recent years.

I was 15 - just turned 16 maybe - when Portsmouth told me I wasn’t going to get a scholarship contract. I got a contact with Bournemouth and ended up playing a couple of trial games. Joe Roach invited me to join the youth team and I snapped it up.
I remember in my first year I only had a couple of opportunities to train with the first team. However, in my second year the club was having a lot of financial problems and a lot of the youth team lads ended up in training and on the bench. It was a blessing in disguise for us, because we wouldn’t have got that opportunity anywhere else.

My debut was Luton away. We ended up winning 4-1, Max Gradel scored a worldy. I came on towards the end of the game, I can’t even remember if I touched the ball, but it was a big moment for me.

Without a doubt my biggest moment that season was scoring the equaliser against Swansea. I came on for a few minutes, jumped up for a corner and closed my eyes - the ball hit me on the head and went in! I went a little bit mental; to do that when I was still a youth team player was pretty special.

At the end of that season we were going in one by one to find out if we had been offered professional deals. If I am honest, I wasn’t expecting to get one as there were some good players who missed out that season.

Kevin Bond wasn’t there himself, but Joe Roach delivered the news. He gave us a letter from the manager saying, ‘we’d like to invite you to turn professional’ - my mum has still got it somewhere!

I got my first start under Jimmy Quinn in a match at home to Bury.
He wasn’t at the club very long, but for some reason he saw something in me to give me a start. I had a volley that came of my heel and went in, so it ended up being a good full debut and something to remember.

I remember Eddie coming in, because he had worked with the reserves for a long time already. I’d been working with him for a while and had a good relationship with him already. I played in his first game as manager, but unfortunately we ended up losing it late on at Darlington.

I think Eddie sort of knew that perhaps I was just a little bit too young. Or perhaps in his eyes he wanted to go with something different to get results, but I wasn’t a main pick in the side. At that age it was still nice to be involved consistently and be half a part of something special when the lads stayed up.

In the build up to the 2012/13 I felt like I had done quite well in pre-season and I had come back fit. Still, I had no idea that I would be starting the first game of the season. As a boyhood Portsmouth fan, walking out onto the pitch at Fratton Park and being a part of the game will be something I always remember.

Lee Bradbury and I were good friends, we used to travel in together pretty much everyday. We were at Colchester away when Eddie was leaving for Burnley and Bradders said to me, ‘I think I might be involved in looking after the squad’. Obviously, he ended being manager on a permanent basis and you can’t start travelling in with the manager, so I had to start doing my own thing!

When Eddie came back we had a chat and he said he wanted to turn me into a defender. We worked hard together on the training ground to make the transition as best we could. You don’t appreciate how much of his effort and time go into making people improve until you leave and experience different managers and different coaches.

I blocked a shot by Jordan Chiedozie in training and my leg ended up twisting the wrong way round after it got caught in the ground. I went for an x-ray that afternoon and Steve Hard told me it was fractured. I was devastated at the time but what can you do?

During my recovery, I came in one morning and expected to train with the fitness coaches as normal. I spoke to Steve about something that didn’t look quite right on my leg. He sent a photo to the surgeon and they called me in to operate on an infection the same day.

I ended up have three operations in a week. That period obviously wasn’t too positive for me, but If Steve hadn’t referred me to the surgeon when he did, God knows what would have happened to my leg!

Even though I was part of the sides that had success at AFC Bournemouth, I am not going to kid myself and say that I was a massive part of it. Every season that I was there the lads were so successful and winning games that it was difficult for me to get in, and even more difficult to stay in.

There wasn’t really any conversation at the end of my final season, it was just a mutual thing and we didn’t have to speak about it. I went in to see Eddie to say thank you and let him know how much I appreciated everything he had done for me as a coach and towards me as a person as well.

My best friend at Bournemouth? Without a doubt Steve Cook. We lived together for about three or four years, we were always a positive influence on each other. To this day, I am certain that Cooky and I are the best FIFA partnership the club has ever seen.