Bolton office worker sets sights on US
An office worker from Bolton has achieved his goal of becoming a football coach — in America.
Fuzail Patel, who trains local youngsters in his spare time, will jet off to the USA later this year.
The 22-year-old — who is better known as Fuzz — has won a four-month contract at a youth summer soccer school in the States.
His UK employer, Phoenix Commercial Collections, in Horwich, has agreed to give him the time off and now he is ready to tackle the adventure of a lifetime.
He said: “It is a dream come true. It is such an amazing opportunity.” Fuzz, from Halliwell, coaches youngsters from Highfield AFC under-12s on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
He believes football can break down barriers between children from different communities. Bolton Council of Mosques has helped him achieve his FA Level One coaching badge and he is now working towards the Level Two qualification.
He heard about the opportunity in America through other football coaches he knows in the UK. Fuzz applied for the job and was then interviewed and completed a training session in front of assessors.
He said: “I have always wanted to do it but I never thought it would happen. I thought there was no harm in trying so I gave it a go and it is happened. I am over the moon.”
He now wants to take British coaching techniques to America and said he also wants to bring new ideas back to the UK. Fuzz also believes there is no place for racism in football.
He said: “My goal is to get kids from all different backgrounds into the game. There is a big campaign to kick racism out of football and I want to be part of that. I want to help kids understand each other’s backgrounds.”