Every two months we will bring you an interview with one of our dedicated coaches to provide you with insight into their football and coaching experience. Who knows, you could feature in the next article or it may even encourage you to give coaching a try!
How Did You Get Into Football?
I got into football around junior school age. My first memory would be when we entered a school tournament, our teacher, who also coached football, was female and she inspired me from the off.
I played for Burton Albion Ladies back in the 90's, and then played for the Army when I left school, before re-joining Burton Albion Ladies in 2012. After winning the league in 2013/2014 I moved to Pride Park Ladies the following season.
When Did You Start Coaching?
In 2015 I decided it was time to get into coaching after playing football for a very long time, it was the right time for me to give something back for all those years people dedicated to coaching me.
What Coaching Courses Have You Completed?
At the minute I have my FA Level 1 and I have recently started the FA Level 2 Course.
What Are Your Coaching Aspirations?
I would like to watch the team I am currently working with grow into young adults. They have only just started out in grassroots in the Under 7s. Our first season has gone really well and I am extremely proud of them.
The Best Thing About Coaching Is...
Watching the kids turn out to training week after week and their little faces lighting up when they score a goal or achieve something they haven’t done before.
Who Are Your Role Models Within Football?
Role models for me within the game are Eric Cantona and David Beckham. Cantona for his awareness of the game along with his knowledge and Beckham for his control and passing skills.
For the managerial side to the game, it would have to be Alex Ferguson. He's a leader and an absolute legend.
Any Advice For A Female Wanting To Get Into Coaching?
My advice to females wanting to coach… just go for it!
We seriously need more female role models in coaching. Football is such a social sport for every community out there and that's the reason to get qualified for your children; it’s a brilliant sport for all the family to be involved in.