"There's always room to improve" Local football coach voices his opinion on progression

Footballer Joe Powton worked tirelessly coaching football in the region. In the past he was able to take advantage of our Coach Bursary scheme.  The scheme aims to create new or better qualified sports coaches in Tyne & Wear.

We spoke to Joe about what coaching means to him.

When did you take up Football?

I have had a love for football from a very young age, playing at a grassroots level for many years. I was asked by a family friend to take a training session at my local club of under 7’s when I was 15 and I’ve never looked back. Eight years later, I am now employed as a full time coach.

When have been your biggest achievements in the sports?

I have many moments in my coaching life that I am proud of.  Running my first ever session was incredibly exciting and passing my Level 1 Coaching Badge at 17 was another milestone. Since starting to coach full time, my biggest achievement would be completing a two week residential coaching camp in Spain, a fantastic experience.

What lead you into coaching?

I was asked by a family friend to cover for a coach in a club who was ill. I was quite nervous but thoroughly enjoyed the session. The original coach of that team never returned and I was asked to continue coaching for the team.

How many people do you currently coach?

I currently coach more than 200 children per week at school and after school sessions. I also coach more than 70 children on evenings and weekends as part of my full time role at SAFC Foundation of Light. I also volunteer some of my time coaching at Corbridge United.

How often do you run coaching sessions?

I coach every day of the week! Weekdays in schools and evenings at both Player Development Centres and Advanced Coaching Programmes. I also manage South Tyneside District Football who train one evening a week and play their games on Saturdays. The voluntary work I do is the odd evening and every Sunday.

Is there is a particular coach who you have worked with, or who coached you that you particular admire?

Working for the Foundation of Light, I’m lucky enough to work with top quality coaches every single day. I do have my personal favourites thought. Neil Winskill and Barney Jones, with whom I completed my Level 2 with, are both great coaches. While FA coaches Andy Foster and Chris Welburn are superb. They both have a great depth of knowledge and know how to challenge coaches and players

How would you like your coaching to progress?

There’s always room to improve, so I will be looking for my next qualification to enrol on to increase my knowledge. While I will continue to attend CPD events and think of new challenging ways to deliver my sessions, my main focus is ensuring my coaching allows all to achieve some form of success. Hopefully this will increase engagement and encourage children to stay in sport and physical activity.

What support have you received to help you develop as a coach?

I have received a lot of support from Tyne and Wear Sport. They were able to grant me some funding for my Youth Module qualifications, up to the value of £300.

We’d like to thank Joe for his time with this post and if you are interested in our coach bursary funding, please click here.