Coaching career path

Friday 15th August 2014

Every Friday afternoon the Trust delivers a two hour session at Shooters Hill post 16 campus offering fitness sessions, handball and rugby, to help young people improve their physical fitness. However, physical activity is not the only thing on offer.

There are a range of other opportunities available and the Trust can offer positive outcomes and pathways to training, accreditation and employment, as Cadene Douglas, aged 18 has found out.

Cadene recently completed his FA Level 1 in Football Coaching certificate and also gained Child Protection and First Aid qualifications alongside this.

The relationship built up between Trust staff and young people from Shooters Hill College over the past few years has given the Trust an opportunity to develop and provide support and activities which young people require.

Through doing his coaching qualification, Cadene now has an opportunity to develop his career in sport. He has been attending a Trust run targeted session at Springfield Ball Court in Charlton for around 5 years, along with his older brother Miguel who is now a paid casual coach for the Trust, which is where he found out more about the Trust’s work.

Cadene is hoping to follow in his brother’s footsteps as Miguel went through the procedures to be casual coach, starting with his FA Level 1 coaching badge, completing volunteering hours and is now on track to complete his FA Level 2.

Cadene Douglas said, “Watching my older brother achieve his FA Level 1 in football and becoming a casual coach at Charlton has motivated me to achieve my goals and completing my FA Level 1 is my first step, and without the Trust I would not been able to achieve it.”

Trust coach Anthony Mccluskey added, “I have known Cadene for about 5/6 years now from other sessions that I coach at and he always has followed in his brothers footsteps. I am so proud that he has achieved what he has and it is has been great to see him come from where he started to now and I am sure that he will work alongside his brother and maybe myself at the Trust sooner rather than later.”

Jackie Clarke, Cadene and Miguel’s mother, commented, “I am so proud of my sons for achieving what they have. My boys have been attending the Trust’s sessions for many years and without their coaches my boys would not be in the position they are, they look after the young people very well.”