Transform your coaching practice

With Lead Course Tutor Tom Bates


Your Tutor

Tom Bates is a Peak Performance Psychologist, UEFA A Licence Coach, author and speaker.  Drawing on his pitchside and changing room experiences from behind the scenes in the Premier League and English Championship divisions Tom invites coaches to journey with him and turn optimism, energy and inspiration into positive performance outcomes and results!

The Course

  • Learn in detail the 1st key principle of sports psychology from The Future Coach – The Relationship Coach
  • Understand key sport psychology theories to transform performance

  • Understand how theory relates to real life athlete experiences

Helping You Achieve Coaching Success

Learn the 1st Key Principle of Sport Psychology

With Course Tutor Tom Bates

Learn how to apply sport psychology principles to boost performance

Understand how theory relates to real life athlete experiences

Understand key sport psychology theories

5 Lessons

A deeper dive into the 1st Principle from The Future Coach focussing on The Relationship Coach

The Future Coach Forum

Join the discussion, ask questions and share your learning experiences with other coaches


Join The Future Coach community and benefit from joining coaching groups and TFC messaging

Exclusive Benefits

Benefit from exclusive bonus content and enjoy membership perks of The Future Coach Course

What you will learn on This Future Coach Course

Successful soccer coaches are constantly seeking new ways to learn, evolve, and improve. Very often, footballing success is defined by mindset, and the real winners are the coaches, players, and teams who enter the competitive arena best prepared mentally and emotionally. They can perform in the moment, under pressure. This is what you will learn with The Future Coach Course.

  • Learn how to share your style of play for complete buy-in, on and off the field
  • Create a team culture that fosters competitive excellence and mental toughness
  • Understand the dynamics of how to create happier, healthier, winning teams
  • Build positive and cohesive relationships based on mutual trust and authenticity
  • Breed confident players who are driven to challenge themselves and each other
  • Develop your own inspired leadership techniques to use with your players

By taking this course you will improve your understanding of the basic principles and theories of sport psychology. Not only will this course help you as a coach or student but it will also allow you to learn how these principles apply to the real sport environment.

When can I start the The Future Coach Course: Principle #1 The Relationship Coach?

You can register for and take the course now for £9.99 and benefit from the free audio tracks and bonus content that accompany the course.

How long is The Future Coach Course: Principle #1 The Relationship Coach?

The course contains 5 lessons that will take you, in detail, through the 1st principle from The Future Coach

How much is The Future Coach Course: Principle #1 The Relationship Coach?

This course is £9.99 and includes free audio tracks of Tom reading through each lesson with you.

What do I get from this?

You will learn the key elements of sport psychology from the 1st principle of The Future Coach – The Realtionship Coach. This will help you to transform your coaching practice. You will become part of The Future Coach Community with access to the exclusive The Future Coach forum and The Future Coach group system. You will also have access to exclusive benefits.

I'm in. What's the next step?

Register and take the course now.

About Tom

In addition to elite level soccer experience, Tom’s work has extended into other professional sports working with GB Basketball, Swimming, Boxing, Rugby, Golf and Fencing. During the summer Olympic games of 2012 Tom worked with select GB athletes to maximise performance under pressure, engaging and applying Peak Performance principles based on the Science of Psychology.

The Future Coach Course Ambassadors

Steve Davis

Currently the head coach Developer and College Advisor for Cedar Stars Academy Girls, NJ, and the Technical Advisor for the NJ Wizards Women’s WPSL Team. Recent accomplishments include National Premier League National Championships, US Club Soccer National Championships, and multiple state championships. Steve has worked with the US Soccer National Training Centers, and USYS Region 1 Olympic Development Program, identifying players for US Youth National Teams. He has experience coaching at the NCAA Division I and III level. Steve, along with former Manchester United and Blackburn player, John Curtis, founded and operated the NYCSL Player Development Program before taking on the role as Director of Player and Coach Development for Virginia Rush SC. Steve is currently participating in the US Soccer Grassroots National Instructors License, and working for the New Jersey Youth Soccer State Association as a Coach Educator.


Licenses & Diplomas

  • US Soccer A, B, C, D National Licenses
  • USC Premier, Advanced National, National Diplomas
  • USC Advanced Director of Coaching Certificate
  • USC Director of Coaching Diploma
  • US Soccer Grassroots License
  • FIFA Medical Diploma – in progress


United Soccer Coaches Conventions

  • Presented on the importance of understanding player maturation rates in player development – 2016
  • Assisted FIFA Technical Advisor Laurent Papillon during on-field presentation on “Tactical Methods” – 2015
  • Presented to NSCAA panel of experts on creating a Virtual Learning Environment – 2015
  • Assisted Emma Hayes of Chelsea FC Ladies on-field presentation “Forward Touch, Forward Play, the Arsenal Way” – 2006


Current and Previous Coaching Experience

  • Cedar Stars Academy Coach Developer & College Advisor
  • US Soccer Coaching Instructor
  • United Soccer Coaches – Coach Educator
  • VA Rush Zone 2 Director of Coach and Player Development
  • NY Rush Technical Director
  • USYS Region I ODP Staff Coach
  • NCAA DI & DIII Head Coach and Assistant Coach
  • US Soccer National Training Center Staff Coach
  • US Club Soccer PDP Staff Coach
  • NYCSL Girls Director of Coaching
Chris Panayiotou

Chris is currently the Developmental Technical Director for Rush Soccer and Developmental Director of Coaching at Virginia Rush. He also has experience as a WI and VA Youth Soccer Coaching Education. Chris runs monthly Developmental webinars / calls with expert speakers and specialists. Chris also has served as MC at the Rushfest and also runs a free Developmental Camp with Rush staff and volunteers for siblings at Rushfest.

Prior to working for VA Rush, Chris held the Youth Director of Coaching Position at MYSC and now Wisconsin Rush. Chris holds UEFA “B” License, “Y” License, Premier Diploma, F.A. Preliminary Badge, as well as his USSF “C” License.

He has presented at previous USC Conventions, 2018 on Club Culture as part of a panel with Tom Goodman. He assisted FIFA Technical Advisor Laurent Papillion during an on-field presentation, “Tactical Methods,” and Tom Goodman “U10 Best Practices” on-field session. He presented at the 2015 Convention in Baltimore on “Advancing Too Soon” with Steve Davis. He was also recently mentioned in Bill Beswick’s best selling book “One Goal” and presentation in Baltimore for his coaching methods and behaviors. He also presented in January 2013 in Indianapolis on “Creating a Culture of Excellence”.

Chris is UK certified Physical Education Teacher. He has been with Rush since 2010 and has also been a part of the Select staff since then. Chris has coached since he was 17 and has coached all ages and abilities. Chris played collegiately at Solihull College of Technology where they won the National Championship in 1990, the equivalent of 4 state championships, 3 regional championships in his 4 years at the school. Chris was the recipient of the “Double Goal Coach” Award National winner from the Postive Coaching Alliance in 2016 along with Virginia Youth Boys Soccer Recreational Coach of the year.

Kat Nichols

Kathryn (Kat) Nichols was born and raised in Grapevine, Texas (outside of Dallas). She has been involved in soccer since the age of 4 when her playing career began. Coming up through the club and ODP system in North Texas, helped her follow her dreams of playing soccer in college. She attended Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where she played all 4 years as a center back. After college, she began her coaching journey and has worked with many of the top level clubs in the Birmingham area over the last 14 years. She is currently serving as the Girls Director of Coaching and Girls College Liaison for Vestavia Hills Soccer Club. Kat is continuing to pursue top level coaching license. She currently holds her USSF C, USC (formally NSCAA) National Youth, Goal Keeping Level 1 and National coaching licenses.


“I worked with Tom during our time together at West Bromwich Albion FC and really enjoyed his ideas and work at the club. It is a testament to this that we have remained friends and he is always somebody I can rely on for sound guidance and advice. What gives Tom the edge is that he is a qualified coach, so had a great knowledge of elite performance alongside his psychology expertise.”

Steven Reid

Premier League First Team Coach, Crystal Palace FC

“I have always enjoyed discussing sports and education with Tom. His passion and eagerness to meet and know sportsmen is rather remarkable, providing the correct tools to empower and improve their resilience.”

Ruben Bonastre

FC Barcelona

“Tom is a true friend and professional whom I respect as one of the best in his field.”

Jack Butland

Premiership Footballer

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