Hoping For A Career In Coaching
Redbridge fan and regular guest blogger, Adam Dennehey, looks at a possible career path that would take him out of the stands and onto the training pitch.
This week I had planned to write a piece about Redbridge grabbing a vital win in a six-pointer against our local rivals Ilford at Cricklefields.
Sadly due to the fact the game never took place unfortunately I can’t write about that. By the way that’s the third time that that fixture has been postponed this season. It was originally scheduled for the 24th of November, then it was re-arranged for the 12th of December and then it was postponed yet again on Wednesday. Hopefully it’s fourth time lucky.
Anyway I could do another standard post on how I think Redbridge will escape the drop this season. Whilst I think that we will beat the drop, I thought it would be better to write about another topic that’s been on my mind recently.
That topic is coaching.
Now I have done a bit of coaching before. Well I say ‘a bit’ but in all honesty it wasn’t much as I only stepped in for 15 minutes or so at one of Barkingside’s training sessions over at Fairlop Waters Golf Course – 2mins from Redbridge’s Oakside Stadium – when Carl Griffiths (who was briefly coaching the team) and manager Tony Fenn went away to speak about something.
Along with a young football coach who was running the training session, I made sure that the players were doing the drills properly and were working hard on their various skills. Come to think of it, it wasn’t really coaching was it? It was more me watching the players do their training and making sure that the players were following Carl and Tony’s instructions.
Maybe it’s because I’ve had the time to get to know some good coaches in non-league football that somewhat foolishly perhaps it has led to me thinking that’s something that I would like to do in the future.
Perhaps it’s crossed my mind due to the fact I’m out of work at the moment and I’ve had more spare time on my hands than normal. Or maybe because I’m passionate about football and would like to see whether it’s something I could do.
Either way coaching in the future – not right now as I need to get my life sorted out and find full-time work – certainly interests me.
The big question though that I’ve been asking myself is why?
I wasn’t particularly a great player. The highest level I played was in an U13/14 London Jewish League. I was a defensive midfielder come centre-half. I didn’t have much skill but I worked hard and in my 30 odd games for my club Glenthorne United, scoring once (on my debut at Hackney Marshes) before getting booked about 20-25 times because I was often the only one in our team working hard to try and win the ball back.
I’ve never before been thinking about getting into coaching, but I guess maybe the challenge of it excites me. It would test me and see whether I do know anything about football, whether after seeing god-knows-how-many games of football in my life whether or not I can actually have a vision about how a team should set up and whether it would work or not.
In no way, shape or form am I suggesting for one second that it’s something that I could make a career out of, because I’m not naïve or stupid enough to believe that that could happen as it won’t!
Hopefully in a few years time I can explore the idea of it and try and get into some form of coaching at youth level at the grassroots level of the game. All I can do now is continue to ask questions to the coaches that I know and find out more when I have the time to do so.
At least one thing’s for sure, if I am to get into coaching, I’ll have to be paying 110% of my attention into what’s happening on the field and won’t be able to pay keep paying attention to flight-paths of birds over a football ground, something that I have been known to do from time-to-time at the Oakside. More on that story next week!
Many thanks to Adam for this article, and good luck with your coaching dreams in the future! Follow Adam on twitter: @TheMotormen