Wednesday, 17 October 2018

AFC Henley coach awarded top UEFA licence

A COACH from AFC Henley has been awarded his UEFA ‘A’ coaching licence.

A COACH from AFC Henley has been awarded his UEFA ‘A’ coaching licence.

Andy McIntosh, 60, of St Mark’s Road, has joined an elite group of about 1,500 people in the UK.

Mr McIntosh, who works in London as a chartered surveyor, had to put in 120 hours of practical and theoretical guided learning at the National Football Centre at St George’s Park, Staffordshire.

The course curriculum involved attending part one over 12 days and part two for eight days. He was taught the use of varied coaching styles and methods in practices, small-sided games and, ultimately, the 11 versus 11 structure.

Mr McIntosh, who has been involved with AFC Henley since 1984 and is currently theU14s coach, said: “It took me four-and-a-half years to get and I have worked very hard. The minute you get into the game the more you really want to understand it and that was the best way to do it.

“It does allow you to use different styles by asking players questions, being challenging and demanding of them, but also understanding what their needs are.

“I think it’s an accumulation of coaching over the years. It’s like passing your driving test, you just keep on learning and developing. The FA provided excellent support during the process.”

“I hope it will make the club more attractive because we have that range of experience there. If it encourages young players into the club then so much the better.”

Mr McIntosh did his first coaching course, the FA Preliminary, in 1979 when he combined coaching juniors with playing football.

He added: “I became a coach because I played under an extremely experienced coach in Manchester when I was younger and was inspired to learn more about the game. That led to a fascination for acquiring the knowledge and studying the components of the individual parts and dynamics of team-building. The long-term development of young players has continued to interest me ever since.”

Dieter Hinke, chairman of AFC Henley, said: “Andy and Shelley Strange, AFC Henley’s coaching professional from Reading FC Academy, assisted by Andy Homent, AFC Henley’s coaching development and community manager, give us a team of coaches that ensures we are able to deal with the ever-increasing standards set by the FA and to get the best out of our children.

“We are fortunate that these coaches have joined, and stayed with our club and are now looking forward to helping us chart the future of AFC Henley.

“We are an award-winning FA Charter Standard Community Club and are grateful for the high standards our managers and coaches set in all that they do.”

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