FA Coach Mentor Programme
Offering on-the-ground support
meet our fa coach mentors
The Mentoring role interested me because I have always thought we needed to start with the coaches before trying to educate our players. The FA initiative excited me and I knew it was a wonderful opportunity to try and reach out to the football community. I am now in my third year of mentoring and have had contact with over 100 coaches within the club structure. Watching coaches develop in their confidence, and witnessing their players responding in a positive manner after my interventions is the most rewarding part of the role.01872246055
The reason I got into Mentoring is because I am an aspiring coach and have been fortunate enough to have mentors who have supported and guided me so far on my coaching journey and I wanted the opportunity to support other aspiring coaches on their journeys. I enjoy working with coaches, learning from coaches, sharing best practice and providing opportunities to bounce ideas to help and develop coaches which will ultimately have an impact on the players.
I’m incredibly excited to part of the mentoring team. I’ve been coaching since the age of 16 and have experience coaching boys, girls, women’s and disability players both in the UK and overseas. I'm passionate about developing both players and coaches and the mentoring role gives me the opportunity to support local coaches, share good practice and meet coaches at different stages of their journeys. I've been lucky to have mentors that have both challenged and inspired me to develop as a coach and I hope to be able to do the same for others.
With knowledge gain throughout my own football journey I wanted to try and give something back to a sport that had given me so much pleasure and enjoyment. When the opportunity arose for me to become a FA Coach Mentor, I thought it would be great to help Coaches, parents and our younger players. I enjoy the engagement with all the coaches and watching them grow and challenge themselves beyond what they would usually do. I love the support that the teams get for all our FA Coach Mentor’s in Cornwall as we are a passionate football county who want to grow and develop our younger players of the future.
In my role I have been able to work 1:1 and in small groups with local grassroots coaches to provide support and guidance where needed. I am an aspiring coach myself understand the challenges the role can sometimes bring. I have recently completed my UEFA B licence and am looking forward to using that and my other experience to help others pass on the shared passion for football we all have onto their players. I am really looking forward to working with coaches and players across the county.
I think the FA coach mentor programme is a fantastic free-to-access initiative that is available to all grass-root coaches. My aim is not only to provide coaching support for individuals on a 1 to 1 basis but also to use my coaching experience to support the whole club with their learning processes from assistance with developing a club philosophy, to match day observation and support. I very much look forward to the challenges ahead and hope that my coaching expertise can assist other coaches and clubs on their individual and collective pathways to success.