The former professional player shares his views on The New Five A-Side
Brian Deane, the fans’ favourite and first ever goal scorer in the English Premier League has had a long and successful footballing career, retiring from the professional game back in 2006. These days Brian’s passion for the game is as strong as ever with his time being devoted not only to his International Academy for Football and Education (IAFE), but also to such great initiatives as ‘Kick Racism Out Of Football’ and The Princes Trust.
Brian became interested in TN5 during its developmental stages and has been supportive of The New Five A-Side and its aims ever since. ‘I think TN5 is a fantastic new approach to the game of 5 a-side and I can really see it being used by players of all different ages and abilities. It’s an opportunity for people who enjoy a kickabout with their mates to inject a more competitive element into their game, without it being so competitive that it alienates players who feel their skills aren’t quite up to scratch’.
TN5 is the perfect way to keep active and keep sociable whilst fitting around players’ busy lives. Due to its flexible nature there is no need for people to feel like they are letting the side down if they can’t play each and every week. The New Five A-Side works with as few as 9 players, so with up to 20 people allowed in a pool, there should always be someone who can fill in in someone’s absence. This flexibility appeals to Brian who adds, ‘Life is hectic and not everyone has the time to commit to a traditional league, so I think the flexibility of TN5 will work well for those with families or busy work schedules’.
You can read about Brian’s work with The International Academy for Football and Education at www.footballandeducation.com and you can follow him on Twitter @deanobri1968.