Coach Sam

Coaching team II, 23rd April 2012 –  30th June 2012


Career history:

  • August 2011- Present: Community Coaching Internship at Arsenal FC
  • September 2007- July 2008:  PE Technician at Borden Grammar School


  • September 2008- July 2011: Brunel University, BSc second class (upper division) honours in Sport Sciences (Physical Education)
  • September 2002- July 2007: Borden Grammar School

Football Experience:

The Arsenal Gap programme has been a major part of my football resume, however I have been involved in football from the age of eight. I have always been within the first 11 within all my teams and in my early years was captain. At the age of 14-15, my team did the double going unbeaten in both the league and the cup. When I was 16 I moved to a reserve men’s semi-pro Saturday side and have played at this level until now. When I went to University I was part of the football club and played games every Wednesday in the University 2nd and 3rd divisions. As part of my Sport Sciences degree I focussed on coaching different abilities and in different environments. Through training I had access to a wide range of coaching knowledge from my coaches: a former Chelsea player and the Brentford ladies manager, which improved my knowledge as a player and in the game. I have played reserve football for Sittingbourne FC, Ashford Town FC and Whitstable FC all semi-professional sides.

Football Qualifications:

  • FA Level 1 Coaching Badge – Covered the fundamentals of coaching football with a slight weighting towards coaching young people. Prior to passing and completing the course, I delivered an assessed session to a satisfactory standard.
  • FA Qualifications in First Aid and Safeguarding children – Essential training in initial assessment and treatment of injuries common in football matches and training sessions and training on important aspects of Child protection.
  • FA Small Sided referee – Short referee course outlining the laws of the game and how small sided games are officiated. Allows for more structure within small sided games during coaching sessions.