Should you get a Footstock Coach?
Footstock recently introduced a coaching programme that pairs new or struggling users with a more experienced “mentor” to help those finding their Footstock feet to get to grips with the platform. The Footstock blog spoke to two coachees to find out how the experience has worked out for them.
How did you hear about the Footstock coaching scheme and what made you want to get involved?
Swiftyman (coached by Noely):
I first heard about it through email conversation when I signed up as I had a query. I thought I may as well take up the offer, being new to the platform and looking for guidance.
Wackastock (coached by Umberto):
Via Twitter, but I didn’t ask for help straight away as I thought it was only open to new users. I felt I needed some help with the platform as I was constantly depositing money and wasting it on entries put together five minutes before kick-off.
How has your experience with your coach been?
It’s been great. Any queries or questions are answered and helpful in building my knowledge of the platform. Even if you know your football or if you are new to the fantasy side of things, it’s been helpful to know what kind of players to pick.
Fantastic, it has really given me confidence to pick my sides now with greater understanding of what I am doing. My coach has given me some great advice, on everything from picking my sides to trading cards, etc.
Have you had any success in contests?
The weekend before last was my best ever funnily enough. I finished 2nd in the West Ham v Man U Silver single-match contest and I also finished joint 2nd in the GW11 Silver contest to take home £132. So proud of myself! All in all a take home of over £160.
Yes, overall I am up £83 in the last seven days (including 5th place in the Sunday Silver 13.12.2020)! I have also been trading players successfully and making small profits here and there on the trades. My card base is growing and I no longer find myself in a rush to be in the Gold contests as I am happy to be competing in the Bronze and Silvers until my collection allows me to be competitive in the Golds.
Is there any specific advice you have received that you think would benefit other new users?
The type of players needed. For example, I was advised to replace a player with another if I had them, but at that time I didn’t. The kind of players that can regularly get lots of points as they rack up more crosses, dribbles, etc.
Yes, don’t rush it!!!! I was trying to compete at all levels, but let’s be realistic, to play at Gold level you need to have the big-gun cards, and I didn’t. My collection was better suited to Silver and Bronze tournaments (plenty of 2*,3* and some 4* players). I have since been building my collection with my profits from the last week and all without depositing any money of my own. I also found I was not picking the right players, with too many centre backs in some teams and a lack of attacking full backs.
Would you recommend getting a Footstock coach to others?
Most definitely, yes. Especially to those who are completely new to this kind of platform. Even for someone like me who has entered fantasy teams for well over 15 years, it was useful to get advice on anything from selection to what contests to enter. They are there to answer you and guide you as to what is on offer, and can help you with the platform at all times.
I definitely would recommend it to any user, new or old, that feels they are missing out on things that can help them to better use the players/cards that they have. Having a coach has meant that I now pick my entries with confidence and more thought.
I don’t think I would have stuck around on Footstock if I hadn’t had access to a coach. I was getting frustrated with my entries and constantly depositing money – I think I would have lost interest for sure.
If you want to hear some opinions straight from the coach and coachee’s mouth, check out the episode 11 of the Official Footstock Podcast, where James got the lowdown from Coach Girty and his pupil Tom on how things have been going for them!