Michael Ward is an 11 year old boy who has been attending our Advanced Coaching Centre sessions since last October, and has been coming every week since. Michael and his mum travel every week to our sessions in Nottingham from Staffordshire which is around an 1 hour and 10 minute journey each way! He is really committed to football and actually trains Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday as well as playing matches for his grassroots teams on both Saturdays and Sundays.

We spoke to Michael about his time with us so far to see how he’s getting on, he told us he is a huge Nottingham Forest fan and his favourite player is Costel Pantilimon because he is a goalkeeper just like himself.

Michael said he loves our sessions and when we asked him why he keeps coming back every week he said “It’s fun and I like to develop new skills, the games really help me prepare for the matches I play at the weekends with my grassroots teams.” Michael plays for both his home town of Rocester and also for Ilkeston Dynamos at the weekends. He then explained that his favourite thing about our Advanced Coaching Centre sessions is “The matches, and the opportunity to play games with the coaches. They help you to learn new techniques”.

Our Advanced Coaching Centre sessions are designed to develop young players who already enjoy football by enhancing their skills. Michael said he has really been able to develop his goalkeeping abilities with the help of our sessions more specifically, “How to hold up the ball well and play it nicely to other players, as well as how to distribute the ball better.”

The sessions don’t just improve our participants footballing skills, Michael said he has also made “Lot’s of new friends here who are all really nice, they’re kind and we help each other out.” He also said he really likes the coaches because “They tell you if you’re doing something wrong then help you to fix it and teach you how to improve.” Michael again said this has really helped him prepare for his grassroots matches on weekends.

Michael said he will continue to come back to our Advanced Coaching Centre sessions because he loves them, if you would like to find out more about the programme click here.