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I have over 7 years coaching experience in Scotland, Russia and Romania, with my experience ranging from working as a Head Coach in community classes for 3 year olds to serving in the first team backroom staff for an SPFL club and everything in between! I have experience working in specialist fields such as goalkeepers and working with footballers with both physical and mental disabilities.
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Rates are negotiable and depend on the age of the children, the level of coaching and the location of the lessons.
I am a committed, hard-working, positive person who is self-motivated and driven to succeed. I am a keen learner and comfortable speaker with excellent inter-personal and technological skills. I have a passion for working in football and a constant focus on maintaining my personal professional development. This allows me to consistently produce work of the highest quality.
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in Sport Studies from Stirling University (2011-2015).
British Football School Oct 2015 – Dec 2016
I was contracted to British Football School as a Head Coach and consultant. In this role, I was responsible for planning, delivering and analysing fun and informative football, multi-sport and camp sessions for 3-16 year old children in several different schools, nurseries and sport centres across Moscow and Bucharest. This role also entailed working alongside a local orphanage to provide a structured footballing environment and support network for 12-16 year old orphans. This role also involved mentoring, educating and assessing younger, volunteer coaches.
Part of my role with BFS was also using my academic and business knowledge to develop several areas of the company. Using marketing and social media skills, I was tasked with running the company’s two Twitter pages, consulting on Facebook and Instagram strategy to increase traffic, interactions and website hits, as well as producing social media usage policies for current and future employees.
University of Stirling Football Club Sep 2014 – May 2015
Head Video Analyst
Due to my performance in the role of Match Analyst at Falkirk Ladies FC (please see below), I was offered the role of Head Video Analyst for the University of Stirling Men’s 1st team. This involved following the team throughout their Lowland League and British Universities Football League campaigns and video recording the matches. I then assigned coding duties between myself and my assistant, using a match analysis software package (Focus x2) to code actions and non-actions of the players during the match.
Once the data was coded, I liaised with the coaching staff to pick out specific aspects of the performance that they would like to address, and extracted all the relevant data from the software package into a series of video clips to be presented to the players. I reported primarily to the manager of the team and coaching staff, as well as the Performance Co-ordinator of the University’s sport department.
Falkirk Ladies Football Club Feb 2014 – May 2015
Match Analyst/First Team Scout/Coach
As part of a work experience module for my University course, I was placed with Falkirk Ladies Football Club to help the team in their transition of affiliation with the University of Stirling. The main aim of this role was to provide the coaching staff with quantifiable data surrounding a performance in order to help coaching staff assess individual player’s performances and help determine which areas of the team are succeeding and which need improved. I first had to design a suitable match analysis system that was in touch with the information requested by the coaching staff. This was utilised when observing matches, recording anything that fitted into the data range. This data was then taken and used to produce a written match report. This information was then relayed directly to the coaching staff and players. I liaised with other members of the coaching staff and the Performance Co-ordinator of the University’s sport department. Due to my successful performance within this role, I was asked to extent my tenure beyond the 30 hour placement agreement. At the club’s request, I branched into other footballing activities such as scouting and coaching.
Forth Valley Football Academy Sep 2014 – May 2015
This role within the new Scottish Football Association pilot scheme involved both watching an assigned game to pick out potential talent from matches and watching pre-identified players within an assigned match. Specific sets of desired attributes were given as a scouting framework for each age group in the academy’s catchment and these were used to produce written scouting reports. I then liaised with the Head of Recruitment within the Academy, as well as coaches of individual age groups.
My experience of working as Head Community Coach with Stenhousemuir Football Club led to me being offered this role within the scouting team. This involved identifying potential young players to progress into other areas of the club’s community football structure. This allowed me to enhance my knowledge of player recruitment, identifying and nurturing young talent within the game.
Stenhousemuir Football Club Nov 2011 – Oct 2014
Head Community Coach/Facilities Co-ordinator
During my tenure as Head Community Coach, I was responsible for the running and overseeing of the club's flagship community programme, ‘Young Maroons’, as well as delivering sessions to local nurseries and primary schools in various other programmes. Starting as a volunteer coach, my performance and personality quickly saw me offered the promotion to Head Coach. This involved planning and delivering fun but informative and professional sessions to children aged 3-14, including working in specialist sessions with disabled players. I reporting to both the Senior and Assistant Heads of Community Football and the Director of Community Football. Part of my role was to identify talented players for progression within the club’s community football structure. This role involved the supervising and developing of less experienced volunteer coaches. The club won ‘Best Professional Club in the Community 2013’, awarded by the Scottish Football Association. In the same year, I was awarded the club’s ‘Coach of the Year’ award.
In the role as Facilities Co-ordinator, Dean was responsible for the smooth running and safe hires of the facilities at Ochilview Park; ensuring that the club’s facilities were properly maintained and ensuring that all the equipment used, by both club staff and private hirers of the facilities, were safe and used in the correct manner. This involved dealing with customers and potential customers both face-to-face and over the phone, as well as basic administrative work and counting and accounting for cash. He reported directly to the General Manager of the club, as well as liaising with the other Facilities Co-ordinators
- 1.1-1.3 in the Children and Youth awards (SFA Coach Education pathway)
- Stenhousemuir Football Club Coach of the Year 2012-2013.
- Full, clean UK driving licence.
References available on request.
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