Gravesend Gurdwara – 15 October 2012
Former Watford manager Sean Dyche emphasised the importance of gaining qualifications in order to progress in the football industry as he joined Kick It Out in the unique setting of Gravesend Gurdwara for the continuation of its ‘Raise Your Game’ series.
“Education is key for coaches especially at the grassroots level,” said Dyche, a UEFA Pro Licence holder who has recently been part of the England under-21s set up, after delivering a masterclass specifically catered for coaches looking to make the transition from FA Level 1 to Level 2.
“Like any walk of life, the more qualifications you gain and the more advice you seek from people of expertise, the better chance you have of employment. We all want to give our little bit back to the game we love and to be able to come down and speak in a venue like this is good for my development.
“The game is an open environment, with people of all cultures, creeds and ethnicities all accepted as one. As a coach it’s important to be able to adapt and to cater for the wants and needs of players and it’s been great to see how quickly the group has integrated. I’ve benefitted from this experience and I hope everybody else has been able to take at least a little snippet away following today.”
Held in one of the UK’s largest Sikh Temples, the event, run in conjunction with Guru Nanak FC, the Black and Asian Coaches Association (BACA) and Kent FA, is just the second of a number of forums being run across the country by the campaign to help aspiring individuals gain an insight into how they can forge a career in areas away from the playing side of the game.
“It was great to be able to interact with Sean throughout the day,” commented Guru Nanak FC’s Bal Louie, a female FA Level 1 qualified coach set to embark on the Level 2 course early next year. “It’s important to have people from the professional game come down and speak to those working at the very grassroots. We can all see what we need to do to get to a certain level and it gives us all something to aspire to.”
Combining mentoring sessions in areas such as coaching, administration, journalism and community work, and FA workshops in First Aid, and Safeguarding and Child Protection, the ‘Raise Your Game’ series forms part of the Kick It Out’s Mentoring and Leadership Project funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
“These events are all about giving individuals from all backgrounds the opportunity to enhance their skillsets and to find out more about the different pathways available,” said Mentoring and Leadership Project manager Troy Townsend. “No matter what area of the game it is you’re keen to pursue a career in, the ‘Raise Your Game’ forums are a platform in which to ask questions and find out more.”
BACA co-founder Colin King reflected on the positive outcomes to come out of the day as he brought the event to a close. “We had a very warm welcome from the Asian community in Gravesend and the attendees were all incredibly enthusiastic,” said the Brixton-based qualified FA tutor.
“BACA will be linking up with Guru Nanak FC at the beginning of November to input a licensing programme to help consolidate a relationship between the two organisations and all of the other parties involved.”