Friday 18th January
On Wednesday evening Chesham United Football Club held its first football coaching workshop for the managers and coaches of the club’s youth sections.
The session, held in the The Chess Suite, was hosted by First Team Manager Andy Leese (UEFA B Licence coach, working towards his UEFA A Licence); Under 18’s Team Manager, Gary Breeden (FA Level 3, FA Youth Module 1 Qualified) and Goalkeeper Coach Rhys Tom (FA Level 2 Qualified and FA level 2 Goalkeeper Qualified). The purpose of the evening was to use the expertise and experience that the club has at senior level, to help the managers and coaches of teams from the Under 7’s through to Under 11’s feel that they have somewhere to turn for assistance when it comes to running their teams.
Under 9’s Administrator, Stuart Wandrag, who helped to organise the evening was delighted with the way the evening ran: “It is fantastic that the coaches from the senior club are prepared to give up their time to pass on their advice and expertise. It was a real eye-opener for many of us in the youth section, helping us to focus on developing the players we look after, and seeing the path forward that they need to take in order for them to be the first team players of the future.”
The session was just the first of what will hopefully become a regular occurrence, with dates for the next event already being discussed with a view to opening it up to other sections of the club, including coaches of the 12-16 year olds and the Girls/Ladies. In addition, discussions are already taking place for the club to host a Level 1 Coaches training Course to help Managers of all sections of the club to achieve coaching qualifications.
First Team Manager Andy Leese said “For Jon Meakes and I it has always remained a goal to get the footballing structure of the club right, that is not an overnight job and has involved a lot of time and effort, out of the spotlight. This season we have had to restructure the Reserves, but I am pleased with the progress being made. The average age is just 19 and running primarily as a development squad, and to aid first team players coming back from injury; five of the Reserves squad regularly train with the first team each week.
“Our Under 18’s team has once again provided an England School Boys representative in Tom Gowans, this on the back of Tom Fouhy and Ben Mooney achieving that honour last season, whilst Josh Thompson and Brogan Townsend are in the County Under 18’s squad. That is a real credit to Gary Breeden and Paul Deverrick, who have also been opening the door for kids from the youth section Under 16’s team to move up into the main structure of Chesham United Football Club.”
The latest move of having the senior coaches working with the managers and coaches of the youth sections will complete the pathway through for kids playing at mini league level to progress all the way through to the First Team. Sounds impossible? Try telling that to Dave Fotheringham who started out as a young boy in the mini league…later this season he is likely to compete in his 400th game for Chesham United First Team.
Photo opposite by Trevor Hyde.