STUDENT NUMBER – 06006254
Work Placement Journal
Student number - 06006254
Work Placement Journal
I completed my 40 hours work placement at Stourbridge College working with the college’s Football Academy. I worked with all of the college’s teams; however my main focus was with their A-team. The college has a link with Redhill Secondary School and this gave me the opportunity to assist with coaching the year 7, 8 and 9 year groups at the school. I completed the placement during the months of September to December, coaching and assisting the college A-team on a Wednesday and the Redhill pupils on a Friday. My mentor throughout the placement was Andrew Blakeley, a Stourbridge college lecturer and head coach within the academy. I decided to work with Stourbridge College Football Academy because I wanted to learn a lot more about coaching within a team set-up and about the organisation that is needed within a team. I also wanted to learn more about the contrast between the two different age groups and the variety of skills needed to coach school-age pupils and college students. I was keen to gain further knowledge of coaching and build possible career links with the above establishments. It was also convenient for me as I study at the college two days a week, and already knew the mentor through my course. The purpose of this assignment is to discover and understand what I learnt through undertaking this work experience. I would like to focus on the skills I already possessed before the placement began, and how I developed these, as well as the new skills I gained. I will reflect on my experience and try to understand and conclude what positive outcomes have resulted from it.
I have identified the occupational sector I chose to do my work experience in as being ‘sports coaching’, and in particular, football coaching. According to the Football Association (2004) a football coach’s role and responsibilities are to gain the admiration of players, take sensible care of players, plan and prepare themselves well for sessions in order to achieve the session’s aims, manage other coaches efficiently and ensure a safe playing environment. I firmly believe that the coach’s role is not just to be a skilled and knowledgeable technician in terms of football skills, although this is obviously very important, but also to be a role model for the players with the overall aim of helping them to learn and better themselves. A coach can take on many different roles throughout their careers such as “a fitness trainer, a social worker, a motivator, a disciplinarian, a friend, a journalist, a mentor, a manager and an administrator” (The Football Association, 2004, pg. 2). In addition, Mair et. al (1986) stresses the need for willingness and dedication on the part of the coach, both physically and psychologically as well as socially. All of these are potential requirements of a football coach and anyone thinking of following this career path must be prepared for these and ensure that their skills match these needs.
My placement was undertaken at Stourbridge College, which is a Further Education College, catering for 16 – 18 year olds. My mentor at the college, Andrew Blakeley, works full-time as the Programme Area Manager for Sport. This is Andrew’s main job and the work that he does to manage the football academy is done on a voluntary basis. Andrew is a level three qualified football coach, who plays semi-professional football for Dudley Sports FC. In order to have a career within football coaching or management, it is important that you have the relevant coaching qualifications. The Football Association (2003) suggest that the primary step needed to become a qualified coach would be to enrol on an FA coaching course which take place at various venues throughout the...