Tales from the volunteers

Thomas

My name is Thomas Gledhill, 18 years old and I live in Huddersfield.

I was invited to Valencia with my college, whilst studying a Btec level 3 – studying Sports Development and Coaching. During the two weeks I spent in Valencia the professional activities I engaged in involved coaching and working within a professional academy. My role included delivering sessions for children within local football teams and clubs. We also got the opportunity to attend a football match at Valencia against Arsenal.

During free time we visited the beach and spent time observing academy teams play against each other, this gave me a feel of how match days run in a working and professional environment. We also saw the differences within the coaches on a match day compared to a training day. Myself and my team took part in a paella evening where we learnt about the culture of Spain and understood differences of the Spanish life compared to English life. Free time allowed myself and my friends to be independent, we explored Valencia and learnt about the differences when travelling and tacking public transport.

During my two weeks working with SPF I learnt how professional academies balance their work and free time in order to be successful on match days. Working with the coaches showed me how behavior differed depending on the environment, session and players. I learnt that I am confident when delivering sessions for people I haven’t engaged with before. I adapted my teaching styles as I adapted to the new environment abroad, the language barrier was difficult. However, I showed resilience and developed ways to overcome this obstacle.

My experience with SPF has overall increased my confidence, it has also made me more resilient as a person. I have been fortunate to be offered a Five month coaching role back at SPF in Valencia. The project I participated in through college made this opportunity possible. Living with people from college for two weeks and building on my independence has helped me prepare for my next adventure where I will be without my family for a longer period of time.
My recent trip to Valencia has prepared me for this exciting journey ahead. Additionally, picking up on some Spanish has taught me a new skill which will be extremely useful in the future, particularly when I start my new adventure in Valencia as an 18 year old boy who will be living a completely different life compared to life in England.

I am extremely thankful for the opportunity with SPF through Everything is Possible and Kirklees College. I am more than happy with my own development and impressed with myself for being approached and asked to work in Valencia for five months. I am excited to start my new journey and continue to develop and grow as an individual, continue to learn Spanish and make a difference for children and young people through the love of football.

 

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39 Spain Declan Osborne-1

I am Declan, I am 18 years old, I study sport at Kirklees college in Huddersfield.
During my time in Valencia I gained some experience in coaching, we coached football. In this experience we learned the key ways that Spanish coaches control the participants and also the drills that they do. We coached with all age groups.
During our free time we got to do a lot of things these include a tour of the Mestalla stadium, we got to watch games and we learned to cook paella.
I have learned many things during this project, I have learned to speak some simple Spanish terms which helped during coaching. I also learned different drills and skills. I have developed as an individual in terms gaining more confidence and becoming more educated in different football methodology.
Declan Osborne
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Kirklees Spain LQ
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38 Spain Alhagie Bakary Jobe-1

My name is Alhagie Bakary Jobe. I am currently studying BTEC sport at Kirklees College.
During my time in Valencia I have developed professionally and personally by gaining a wealth of experience in football coaching. I took part in observing Spanish coaches working with young players and I assisted coaches by setting up small coaching skills..
My favourite free time activity was stadium tour, I enjoyed this the most as I would like to be professional footballer and play at similar venues.
During this project I have learnt how to improvise when coaching players that don’t speak the same language as me. It has thought me how to be the adaptable coach, think on my feet and make sure I use different coaching skills such as demonstrations and body language. I have become a more confident individual.
Alhagie Bakary Jobe
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Kirklees Spain LQ
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37 Spain Jacob Parsons-1

Hola, my name is Jacob, I am 16 years of age. I am a level three sports student at Kirklees college.
During my time in Valencia I gained a mass amount knowledge about coaching football from the coaches I have been coached by and also coached alongside. I have learned loads of new drills and styles of coaching.
During my free time I have enjoyed the activities we have done such as a stadium tour of the Mestalla, watching the Valencia academy games and Spanish lessons.
I have learnt how to coach and improvise with a language barrier by using sign language, demonstrations and basic Spanish. Doing this has helped me improve my coaching skills as well as my self-confidence when coaching, especially in large groups.
Jacob Parsons
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Kirklees Spain LQ
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36 Spain Thomas Gledhill-1

My name is Tom. I am currently studying sports at Kirklees college.
During my time in Valencia, I have gained a great amount of knowledge on the different methods of coaching used over here in Spain compared to the methods used in England. I have coached and played football. It has been very interesting to see how different age groups have been coached.
The two most enjoyable things I have done in my free time is paella making and visiting the Mastella, where we were taken on the tour of the stadium.
I have learnt how to get across my point in a drill and how to get the minds of the younger children focused on the session. My coaching skills that I had have definitely improved especially when coaching younger children.
Thomas Gledhill
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Kirklees Spain LQ
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35 Spain Amos Robinson-1

I am Amos. I am 18 years old, I study sport at Kirklees College.
During my time in Valencia I gained a wealth of experience in coaching young children and Disabled children in football. Through this experience I have learnt different methods of coaching different age groups and abilities.
During free time I took part in numerous activities such as cooking paella, visiting the Mestalla for a stadium tour and going to the beach.
I have learnt how to improvise coaching drills when a scenario changes and how to coach children with a language barrier. I have also learnt parts of the Spanish language, such as the numbers and popular phrases. My confidence has also improved through coaching and speaking to so many locals.
Amos Robinson

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Kirklees Spain LQ
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34 Spain Nathan Moore-1

I am Nathan. I am 17 years old, I live in Meltham and I study sport level 3 at Kirklees college.
During my time in Valencia I gained the skills and experience of sports coaching and training. I coached football. Through this experience I have learnt different methods to coaching the kids and adults.
During the free time we had, we took part in different activities. But I enjoyed the Mestalla stadium tour, the Spanish lessons and the beach.
I have learnt in coaching drills that I have to learn to improvise during coaching drills and when the scenario changes such as less people playing. I learnt the Spanish language. My skills have become more confident within myself and when coaching in large groups I am more confident.
Nathan Moore

 
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Kirklees Spain LQ
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33 Spain Rhys Kelly-1

I am Rhys, I live in Huddersfield and I study Level 3 sports academy at Kirklees College.
During my time in Valencia, I have gained more experience in coaching from shadowing and assisting Spanish coaches at the CF Valencia.
During the free time we had, we took part in many activities including football at the beach and cooking a traditional paella.
My favourite free time activities were playing against local Spanish opposition in friendly football matches and watching the Valencia CF academy matches.
My overall knowledge and skill with coaching has definitely improved as I have learnt other ways to make it easier for participants in the sessions to learn key skills and to improve current skills.
Rhys Kelly
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Kirklees Spain LQ
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

32 Spain Morgan East-1

I am Morgan. I am 17 years old, I live in Liversedge and study Public Services at Kirklees college
During my time in Valencia I gained cultural and football knowledge through this experience. I have learnt dstyles of living and the language.
During free time I enjoyed the stadium tour the most as it was great to find out the history of the Spanish birth of football. I have also learned how to cook traditional Valencia dish – Paella
I have learnt some basic Spanish when going to shops and coaching speaking to the children I have also learnt how to develop further as a football player myself from the Spanish coaches and the style of football they play. I have developed and improved my communication skills, demonstrations skills and I have also seen the importance of time management and team work.
Morgan East
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
DM Banner Kirklees Spain LQ
The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

29 Spain Matthew Scurry-1

I am Matthew Scurry.
We did so much in Valencia. A highlight for me was coaching and training with Valencia’s Disabled team, I enjoyed this so much. We trained most mornings, visited a local college and took part in lessons and supported coaches a San Jose FC where I was with the under 12’s age group
I struggle in social situations but I came out of my comfort zone and enjoyed playing cards, basketball and I even hosted a quiz on last night.
How to adapt session for disabled players who have varied ability. The time spent with the Valencia disabled team was brilliant for me to see how this is done at a high level.
I had a tough time being away from home for 2 weeks but feel I have grown and have the ability to know I can do it.
Matthew Scurry
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Vocational Educational Training (VET) project part of ‘Discovering More’, co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
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