Talented Young Coach Scoops a National Football Association Scholarship

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A talented young coach from Gloucester has been awarded an FA National Coaching Scholarship for his commitment to the sport.

Joshua Hanley, a second-year Sports Coaching student at the University of Worcester, was selected for the prestigious scholarship as a result of his talent and long-term volunteering at grass roots level.

“The opportunity of being selected as part of the FA National Scholarship 2011/2012 arose after the University of Worcester sport staff suggested that I should start logging my volunteering hours, which I was doing through the BUCS’s (British Universities and Colleges Sports) Football Futures Programme”, Joshua said.

“The accumulation of my hours caught the attention of the staff in charge of the Football Futures programme at BUCS who decided to put me forward for the scholarship, which included submitting an application to the FA highlighting my suitability”, he added.

Joshua spent his scholarship money on funding his FA Level 1 Goalkeeping course and on the Brazil-UK Football development course, led by the University of Worcester. It also included access to the FA Licensed Coaches Club for the year, a high profile CPD event, led by FA national coaches. 

To contribute to the further development of Joshua’s talent in coaching, he was assigned a mentor who suggested ideas and techniques for more effective management of coaching sessions.

The 20-year-old coach, who started playing football at the age of seven, has experience in coaching children of all levels.

Looking to the future, Josh plans to do a PGCE course and obtain further FA qualification levels.

“I believe that I can improve and make a difference to young people’s football abilities. My experience combined with this programme provided me with an excellent opportunity to observe coaching sessions and share experience with a number of FA figure heads. It is also a great funding boost for the other football qualifications that I intend to do”, Joshua said.