Spotlight: Coach Chris
Meet highly experienced futsal coach Chris. Alongside his futsal and football qualifications, Chris also has an applied background in sports science, strength and conditioning as well as personal training.
Why did you decide to become a private coach?
I decided to become a private coach because after years of coaching, personal training and strength and conditioning it was the right time to fuel my passion through a more professional network and aim high to make it full-time.
What do you enjoy most about coaching?
The number one enjoyment about coaching is making players discover something they never knew they had or could do. It’s a priceless opportunity when you get access to a player who wants to grow, learn and progress.
What can a client expect from private lessons with you?
Clients can expect to have fun! Then on top of that is a learning journey that covers all aspects of the game. Clients of mine are to be taught not drilled. Key messages of development are key to my private lessons.
What is your coaching style or philosophy?
My philosophy of coaching evolved through futsal. When I think about my futsal journey I created a belief that outlined my fundamental coaching/teaching mission:
- To engage and promote creative learning.
- To ignite player/coach enthusiasm for learning.
- Provide cultural diverse inclusion.
I feel these 3 basic principles outline my sincere passion for coaching. I link these to the FA 4 corner model coaching principles:
- Are my players on the ball in a high capacity; is my session loose enough to allow creative freedom?
- Is my session allowing players to think and elaborate on?
- Is my session challenging cultural beliefs but also empowering them to be better or different
I learnt futsal challenges our culture at all levels due to footballs huge capacity in this country. Understanding and accepting that allow the principles to flourish and ultimately connect them back to their passion with the ball and spark lifelong learning in to futsal.
Describe your ideal client?
My ideal client is keen to learn and better him/herself and willing to take on new challenges and create new challenges themselves. Any client that is willing to add input is a welcomed one. It’s a shared journey.
Do you have any success stories from coaching an athlete?
My success stories mainly come from the psychological side of the game. A game can make or break you and more often than not it breaks you and it’s how you learn from that which makes you bounce back. Working over 2 seasons with key young athletes who struggled with confidence in a men’s game, I dedicated my coaching development plan to get these players up to standard. The 2 players have grown from a consistent message of belief that I would not let them down. Both players are now part of an international programme which makes me incredibly proud.
What is your favourite sports related movie?
Happy Gilmore – I say this because it’s incredibly funny but also highlights that you can be different, a game changer and not one who always follows the crowd.
Who is your favourite coach and why? (real or fictional)
My favourite coach is my son. He teaches me everyday; when he plays it means much more to him than it did the day before. We’re all coaches; some just don’t know it yet.
Did you have any coaches growing up that had a big influence on you?
Yes, I grew up being coached by Nigel Gleghorn for 2 years. He taught me that coaching was more than just a football lesson and that it was more whole, from the mind to the feet. It was a lesson that has stuck with me ever since.
Did you ever receive one-to-one coaching when you were growing up? If so, what impact did that have on you as a player?
Unfortunately I never received any one-to-one coaching hence it is a burning passion of mine to offer my services so that players can get this opportunity. Delivering one-to-one sessions as a coach has made me realise that it most definitely would have got the best out of me as a player.
Finally, if you could give one piece of advice to other coaches out there what would it be?
Don’t rush! I feel many coaches out there are just chasing qualifications. Qualifications don’t make coaches they just give you the licence to do so. Great coaches know when they can make a difference but that comes with large amounts of experience. If you’re lucky enough to find a mentor then ask loads of questions because you can never ask too many.
If you would like to book a private coaching session with Chris, click on the link below which will take you to his coach profile page.