Mitre Blog

3 essential qualities A scrum-half must possess

  The scrum-half. A crucial rugby position. As a scrum-half you are the link between the forwards and the backs.  You must feed the ball into the scrum and eagerly wait for its return. You make the majority of tactical decisions on the pitch. You need to be quick thinking, and have an even quicker pair of hands. So scrum-halfs take note, these essential qualities will help you run the show next time you’re on the field. A safe pair of hands and an excellent pass As a scrum-half you... Read More

How to be the ultimate goalkeeper

Every role on the pitch requires its own form of skill and ability. And many would argue that each position is just as demanding and crucial as the next. But here at Mitre we believe the one position that can really make or break a match, is the man between the sticks! Defending your team’s goal requires 90 minutes of dedicated focus and concentration. A single slip up, or lack of judgment, will cost your team the game. So, we’ve accumulated some essential do’s and don’ts for becoming the ultimate... Read More

Mastering The Long-Ball

Within any football match, the long-ball is going to utilised time and time again. Whether you see an opening up field or are clearing your line, the long-ball is a skill in its own right – and one that all players need to master! The long pass helps your team cover as much ground in the shortest time, and is perfect for switching play up. Below we’ve come up with some top tips for mastering the long-ball. The preparation Before you go for the long pass, have an idea off... Read More

4 tips for staying at the top of your game this summer

Make sure you keep your cool in the coming months of training with this ultimate guide to playing footy through the summer! #mitremoments 5-a-side at the park or a beach kick-about. Playing footy in the heat is inevitable and in fact most enthusiasts idea of a perfect way to spend the day. And who can blame them? There’s nothing better than a summer’s day spent with a few mates and a football. But the welcomed summer heat should not be considered a time to switch-off. If you want to stay... Read More

Is your child the next football superstar?

Each great footballer was once an eager child. They lived football. Boots on, ball in hand, each and every day. But what does it really take for a child to become the next big thing? Here at Mitre, we believe there are two essentials to give your child that head start they deserve:Number 1 – a devoted coach, andNumber 2 – the crucial gear. Below is a definitive inventory for your child as they strive to become the next football superstar! 1.     A Local Team Shooting, dribbling and tackling might... Read More


Breaking down the perfect slide tackle

Perfecting the slide tackle is an essential for the top-flight defender. Throwing yourself into the path of your opponent and stripping them from possession can make all the difference. But be warned. A mishap of judgement, poor timing or careless play can see you facing a red card. Be sure you’ve got your team covered with this definitive guide to perfecting the slide tackle.

Summer fitness tips

Commitment. Dedication. Pre-season is here already. For those footballers fortunate to still be representing their country in summer tournaments, there is barely enough time left before the new season kicks off again. Whether you’re a professional player, part of an amateur league, or play for your local Sunday league pub team, or anyone who takes a sustained break for their usual physical activity levels or sport, you’ll know the frustration of starting up again. Body condition. Match fitness. It all dips quickly. In decades past, many pro footballers, even at... Read More

4 simple rules for mastering the overhead kick

Attempting an overhead kick is not for the fainthearted. Throwing your body up into the air, parallel to the ground, requires a great deal of nerves and practice. But when your back is against the goal, mastering this spectacular display of athleticism will give you an edge over your opponents. Here at Mitre, we have put pen to paper and come up the 4 ultimate rules for conquering the beautiful bicycle kick. 1.    Positioning and Timing Before your boots take to the skies it is essential to position yourself correctly. Get in line... Read More

4 ways to outwit & outmanoeuvre your opponents

1.    The Cut You’ll deceive your opponent and trick them into making the first step. Once they have committed, you can cut across them and accelerate into open space. To start, dribble towards your opponent. The faster you dribble, the more effective the move! As they engage pretend to shoot or pass. More often than not, your opponent will lunge in an attempt to block. Now is your moment. Use the inside of your foot to cut in the opposite direction and burst out into space. This cut is... Read More

#madewithmitre – fiat tradesman trials

Last week St Helens plasterer won a one month trial with an English Football League club through the FIAT Tradesman Trials. Winner, River Humphreys, 25, chose League One side Rochdale AFC. He was crowed the winner by ex-tradesmen Stuart Pearce, Dean Windass and Geoff Horsfield. All moments of the trials were #madewithmitre. River Humphreys beat off stiff competition from across the UK to win the Fiat Professional Tradesman Trials – a search to find a current tradesman who has the talent to make it as a professional footballer in the... Read More