Coach Basil

Coaching team II, 29th April 2013 to 4th July 2013


Educational background

  • 2005-2010: Chiswick community school
  • 2010-2012: Hammersmith College, BTEC- Level 3 diploma in Sport (coaching, development & fitness)

Experience in football

  • Chiswick community school: 2005-2010
    While completing my school work I also represented my school football team at various year groups. I got my first glimpses into the coaching side of football while completing my GCSE in physical education
  • Kew Park Rangers football club: 2010- present:
    This is where my coaching career started. I originally represented this club through many different age groups before at the age of 15, being offered the chance to take up a coaching role with the under 4/5s age groups. With this offer the club paid for me to complete my FA level 1 coaching badge, where in return, I would complete a year coaching for them voluntarily
  • Arsenal gap year programme: 2012-present
    Through doing the Arsenal gap year programme I have gained a lot of experience with coaching a wide range of ages and abilities, stretching from a reception class of 4-5 year olds to a year 11 class of 15-16 year olds. We mainly focused on coaching in primary and secondary schools in and around the Islington area.  Other activities included helping my fellow gappers set up a 3 day soccer camp for year 7s and 8s and helping Arsenal in the community with other schemes such as double club.
    As part of the Arsenal gap year, once I completed part 1 in London I was given the chance to go to Kuwait to coach football at the Arsenal soccer school there. This was a great experience and allowed me to delve deeper into my coaching and have a better understanding on how to control and improve players of all age groups.

Football qualifications

  • FA level 1 coaching badge: This covered the fundamentals to football coaching with a focus on coaching young people at grass roots level, with a focus on fun and enjoyment. As part of the course, in order to complete the course I had to deliver an assessed session of 15 minutes to the rest of the group
  • FA qualification in First Aid and safeguarding children: An essential workshop on how to deal with injuries and how to prevent potential injuries that often occur on a football pitch, as well as how to make your sessions safe for young children
  • FA age appropriate: This course was on how to make your sessions appropriate for certain age groups I.e. young children should focus on fundamental movements and their sessions should differ from those of older age groups
  • FA youth award module 1: This course focused on different ways and techniques of coaching young children. Mainly focusing on how to develop a better understating of your players and ways that certain players learn and develop
  • FA qualified referee: This course included lessons and exams on laws of the game. With the qualification, it has allowed me to referee in matches of different ages and abilities.