Coach Niall

Coaching team II, 24th January 2013 to 5th April 2013


Work Experience

  • Arsenal Gap Year Programme (August 2012- July 2013): The Arsenal Gap Year Programme is a voluntary course designed for school leavers and Graduates seeking sustained work and overseas travel experience in a stimulating environment. Since learning how to become an effective soccer coach, I have been placed in Regent High School where I coach children aged 11-15 three days a week, whilst also assisting the P.E department in everyday sessions. I have also taken part in the Arsenal Double Club (which encourages children to study harder by using football as an incentive) as well as the Premier League’s KICKZ program, which is an initiative designed to use football to bring together local communities, engage young people with the police, and help reduce crime. I have learned so much about local communities and how to approach hard to reach children and adolescents in London, and have become a more rounded individual as a result. I am excited about travelling abroad in early 2013 to experience cultures vastly different from what I know, and hopefully I can use the experience gained and the lessons learned after I complete the program in July 2013.
  • Regent High School, London (September – December 2012): Coaching children aged 11-15, and helping the PE department with general PE sessions. Also coaching younger children aged 5-9 once a week.
  • Part-time Assistant – Babington & Croasdaile Solicitors, Derry (Summer 2009, 2010): Organising and transferring files and solving PC problems including sorting out spreadsheets, explaining how to use complex features in word-processing packages.
  • Assistant – Derry Journal, Derry (April 2008): worked on the computer using word to write up new ideas for stories and had a sports article published in the Sunday Journal


  • Queen’s University Belfast, BSc, Psychology – Other (2009-2012)
  • St. Columb’s College, Derry (2002-2009)

Football Qualifications

  • F.A Level One Coaching Badge: A qualification in creating, planning, and delivering coaching sessions which are appropriate for a particular age group
  • F.A Safeguarding Children and First Aid: Knowledge of child safety and protection as well as necessary basic first aid knowledge
  • F.A Disability Workshop: Coaching ideas and suitable activities for participants with various disabilities
  • F.A Youth Award Module One (In Progress)
  • F.A Referee Badge Level One (In Progress): Will allow for accurate and effective refereeing of amateur football

Other Achievements

  • Helped organise and run an Arsenal Soccer School for around 100 kids in October 2012 at Aloysius College London.
  • Took part in the Premier League KICKZ and Arsenal Double Club programmes.
  • Academic Award St. Columb’s College 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Appeared on BBC ATL Rockschool 2007 as one of the six most promising young bands of 2007.
  • European Languages Day 2008; gave a talk to primary school pupils about the benefits and importance of learning languages.
  • Led a team in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Career Day in Derry 2011.