FA Coach Mentor Programme
Offering on-the-ground support
cornwall FA COACH MENTORS 2018-19
about our fa coach mentors
I am currently the Cornwall U18 manager after many years of playing, then taking on various coaching roles. My full-time job is a PE teacher at Truro School. One of my responsibilities is to run the Football Programme which has developed over the last 10 years.
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.
Tash Mills (Female & Disability)
I am currently involved in:
FA Coach Mentor
FA L1 and L2 Affiliate Tutor
ACC Head Coach U16's
REC Head Coach U14's
The reason I got into Mentoring:
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.
Martin Burnell (East Cornwall & Helston)
I was fortunate to serve in the Royal Air Force as a Physical Training Instructor for over 34years and I was involved in all facets of coaching, development, mentoring and playing football in a military and civilian environment during that period.
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.
Vicky Fisher (Female and Disability)
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 new coaches at different stages of their own coaching 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 on their own journeys.
FEEDBACK FROM COACHES WORKING WITH FA MENTORS
Club: Truro City
Mentor: Dave Lea
"I just wanted to send you a quick note. I know you are aware of me completing my youth award yesterday, so, I wanted to say a massive thank you to you personally because you have been a great mentor for me and also other members here at Truro city youth. Dave, you have always assisted me in lots of challenges that I have faced in my coaching pathway and also on the mod 3 with the guidance and reassurance you have given me I believe you have guided me through this challenge with the outcome being successful. You’re a fantastic mentor and a great bloke. I look forward to my next step in my pathway.
Club: St Day
Mentor: Dave Lea
"I just wanted to say thank you for providing advice and support yesterday morning. The players (even though we only had three) went away happy after another FUN session. After speaking to a few parents afterwards they felt it was another session that met their child's needs. So thank you for being apart of that session. I look forward to the next training session that you will be able to attend"
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
We always welcome coaches to get involved with the Mentor Programme, to register your interest to receive support from one of our FA Coach Mentors please click HERE