Suzy Collins

Posted: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:55

Suzy Collins

What is your coaching background?

My daughter's football coach left and my husband took over the team. He needed help and I was available... This was about 5 years ago. I have since done my level 1 in football coaching and goalkeeping and many other FA qualifications. Together with my husband I coach U14 girls' grassroots football team. I also set up and coach girls in years 8 and 9 volleyball at Manor school where I work. I now hold Coaching Volleyball level 1 qualification. At Manor school, I also applied and received funding from the PTA to set up and buy kickboxing equipment to run a lunch time club for girls. Last year, I got involved in the Breeze cycling initiative from British cycling to encourage women into cycling and qualified as a ride leader.

Was there someone you looked up to or inspired you to coach when you were younger?

Not when I was younger, I never even thought about coaching then. My inspiration now is my husband who is an excellent coach and our players really respect him.

What do you enjoy most about your role as a coach/ instructor?

Passing on my knowledge and seeing my players enjoying themselves.

What would you say to someone thinking about becoming a coach?

Have a go, if you have passion for a particular sport you will get a buzz from coaching it!

Have you overcome any barriers to get into coaching? If so, what and how have you done this?

Time is the biggest barrier really but football is something we do as a family, both of my girls play and my husband and I coach so it is a win win situation. We both spent a lot of our own money on various sports qualifications but it has been worth it.

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