So, in the summer, with my limited experience of coaching youth football, in fact coaching in general, I turned up to a joint u7s and u8s session on Broadhurst playing fields lead by Paul Mitchell the Chairman of Moston Juniors FC. Thirty plus kids. Queue the task of learning all their names. A stressful task for someone like me who has always been pretty rubbish at remembering names. From then on every week, my memory being tested, I assisted in the sessions learning and picking up coaching tips. Furthermore, being on a big open playing field, with a dozen other teams training wherever there was space, and not having the loudest of voices it's fair to say most sessions ended with me nearly losing my voice. I was glad when we moved into a school gym for the winter/season.
A season later and I no longer need pen and paper for substitutions and position changes...but still need to keep a record of who played in goal which week. I'm still learning and improving as a coach and may hopefully get the opportunity to complete my level 2 FA coaching badge this summer. It's fantastic to see a great bunch of kids develop and improve as players but more importantly enjoy themselves. For my own personal development as a coach, having such experienced and supportive coaches such as Paul Mitchell and Paul Halton to learn from is invaluable. The parents/grandparents have also been supportive and appreciative which has made my first season as a coach an easier and all the more enjoyable experience.
By Adora Yau, FC United of Manchester, Moston Juniors.