Our Club Development Officer/Head Coach Phil recently caught up with one of our many valued volunteers Alan Moore. Alan has just recently completed is UEFA B Part 1 Licence. He has shown great dedication to continuing his development as a coach and is always willing to learn for the benefit of the players he coaches. Phil congratulated Alan on his recent success and put a few questions to him.
PM: Age Group you Coach? AM: U9s/2012 Boys.
PM: Years as a Coach at LTFC? AM: This is my third year as a coach. Been with the same squad of players since 2018. Great bunch of boys.
PM: Badges obtained? AM: I’ve done the IFA Grassroots and Level 1 badges, as well as, recently completing my UEFA B Part-1 Licence. I am also currently working towards my Talent ID Level 1 with the Scottish FA. The scouting pathway gives you a slightly different perspective on how to coach.
PM: Reason for Volunteering? AM: I always had an interest in getting involved with grassroots coaching and when my son Lucas wanted to play I thought I’d give it a go. I also think its great thing to be involved in. The other coaches and I work with 24-25 kids on a weekly basis. It’s our small way of giving back.
PM: Future prospects as a Coach? AM: I look at coaching as a bit of a hobbie and enjoy it immensely. In the short-term I would like to keep developing the group of kids I have, make them as competitive as possible and see where that leads them. We are planning to attend the Foyle Cup in 2021, subject to COVID. Beyond that I’d like to complete the UEFA B Part-2 and the Scottish FA Talent ID Level 2. Then move up in with the current squad to play 9-a-side & 11-a-side football in the next few years. Who knows what will happen after that.
PM: Positives/Negatives as a Coach? AM: Positives – Working with the kids on a weekly basis, teaching them the fundamentals and seeing them flourish, helping the boys develop as young people as well as players, Recognising the positive impact football, and sport in general, can have on our children, being part of such a well run football club, with proper values and great facilities, meeting the variety people who I otherwise wouldn’t have met without volunteering. Negatives – The length to which some coaches will go to win. But I have to say the vast majority of opposition coaches I’ve encountered have been great.