Coach Dana

Coaching team I, 24th January 2013 to 5th April 2013 & 29th April 2013 to 4th July 2013


Educational background

  • MA Sustainable Peace through Sport, International University of Monaco, Monaco & UPEACE, Costa Rica (September 2011-June 2012)
  • BA Development Studies and Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, London, UK (September 2005-June 2008)

Experience in football

A) Arsenal Gap Programme (AGP), (August 2012 – Present): Trough AGP I not only gained numerous valuable football qualifications but had a chance to improve my basic football skills through intense training. I gained great experience in coaching football to wide range of abilities and ages but primarily to children in primary and secondary schools.

Qualifications and Trainings

  • FA Level 1. Coaching Qualification: Covered the fundamentals of football coaching, primarily focused on younger children and lower abilities level. By delivering an assessed session I successfully passed the course and gained my coaching qualification.
  • FA Qualification 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 Referee Qualification (in progress): Course providing extensive knowledge of rules and regulations of a football game. Allows to officiate games of various standards.
  • FA Youth Award Module 1. (in progress): Included increased focus on coaching and working with children, in particular the 5-11 years old age group. Covered ways of increasing participation, enjoyment and learning.

B) SOAS Women’s Football Team (2005-2008): Apart of actively playing on the team, I have been appointed the Captain in my second year, whereby I also committed to perform various managerial and administrative duties. Responsibilities included organizing matches (booking a pitch, referee, transport) and practices; occasional 7-a-side tournaments and team-bonding events. Additionally I was looking after the kit and equipment.