Paul Cooper

Paul Cooper has coached football at grass roots level for fifteen years and in 2006 founded the children’s football initiative ‘Give Us Back Our Game’.
In 2008 he had his first book published, Learn through Play (small sided games for football) and he writes a regular column for the magazine Soccer Coaching International.
He lives in Gloucestershire and is married with two children.

Chapped Legs and Punctured Balls

Paul Cooper lived for football like most other 1960s kids and this is his account of the things that went with the game in those more innocent times – the clothes and shoes kids wore, the balls they played with from the very rare leather case ball with its occasionally…