BEHIND THE SCENES
Join us as we get ups close and personal with the people behind the BFA and find out what makes them tick!
Where are you from? halifax, england
How long have you lived in Singapore: nearly 4 years
Favourite football team: fc halifax town
Favourite sport outside football: athletics/running
Favourite player: lionel messi
Fest moment in football/coaching: winning trophy at wembley with fc halifax
Favourite film: cool runnings
Favourite song: aint no mountain high enough - marvin gaye
Tell us about your football career as a child:
I started at 9 years old at my local club called Elland athletic as a defender, then moved to striker. At 11 I joined the Leeds United development squad for 6 months but was not taken into the academy team. After this I joined FC Halifax Town at 12 and was there until I was 16. We were lucky enough to go to Sicily and train with AC Milan for a week during my time there.
Midway through this, at 14, I was taken on trial at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, but again, unfortunately, was not taken on so I stayed at FC Halifax until I was 16 when I moved into semi-professional football with a team called Bradford Park Avenue, where I was lucky enough to captain the under 18 sides in the FA Youth Cup.
I struggled with injuries that are well known by everyone at BFA, I was called Sicknote at many of my old clubs. Football was my life as a child and I loved every moment of it.
How did you get into coaching:
When I realised I was not going to be good enough to be a professional ( quite early on in my career! ) I used to volunteer at my secondary school with the PE department helping with camps and PE lessons. I also volunteered at a local kids football team where I worked with the under 9's team which I found extremely daunting at 15/16 years old!
From there I found I enjoyed coaching and working with kids so much that I applied to go to university to study Sports Coaching. During my final year my old coach from FC Halifax Town offered me a role in Sports Science in professional football teams around England, and I started full time after I finished university. Working with these professional teams and players in Sports Science I realised that I missed working on the football coaching side , which led to me re-joining my schoolboy team FC Halifax Town to coach their academy and college players; 2 years later I made the massive move to Singapore and now I get to work with great kids and players at BFA.