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Nick Perchard, Essex County F.A. County Development Manager, is delighted the County is expanding its workforce by advertising the position of Community Football Coach as part of an initiate to drive more girls and women to get involved in the Beautiful Game.
Football in the County's five London Boroughs will be amongst the coaching priorities for the successful candidate, and Perchard hopes a number of well qualified individuals will put their names forward. "We are hoping for an F.A. Level Two Coach to come forward with lots of enthusiasm who is able to influence young people to take part in the game," he said. "We normally get a lot of responses for Community Coach positions so we're expecting a fair amount of interest."
The part-time female football position is expected to attract an experienced coach to present County development initiatives, which will include delivering and monitoring coaching programmes in school and community settings. Delivery will be focused in the Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, although the post will involve work in outer Essex from time to time.
Nick explained this appointment forms part of a wider strategy in its embryonic stages which is hoped to make a marked impact on football in the County for years to come: "The new coach will be delivering initiatives that link in to both the County and Football Association strategies. They will be focusing on the area of growth and retention by working with schools and community groups to engage young females in football."
The deadline for applications is tight, as all candidates need to come forward by Friday 4th April, but Nick states this is simply due to demand for the work currently being offered by the E.C.F.A. in these areas: "We need to get someone in quickly as the response for the initiatives we're offering has been good and it's vital we don't lose the momentum generated by the publicity surrounding the launch of the strategy."
Girls football will be the major focus for the newcomer key to their role will be creating more of the successful School-Club Link schemes, as existing Girls' & Women's Football Development Officer, Sharon Brownlie, is aware: "I'm very much looking forward to working alongside our new coach. There has been a huge demand for our work in the London Boroughs and we want to have someone on the ground affecting as many females as possible. With the introduction of my post, as well as the new strategy, we are now in the position to concentrate our efforts solely on this part of our catchment area and a Community Coach will help us achieve our future goals and objectives.
"Our main priority will be to get as many girls playing as possible! Once this is in place, we will then turn our attention to placing them in clubs and playing in leagues, basically making things more structured. Girls are not the only priority, as adult female participation is also low in these areas and we will be using formats such as the successful Female Beginners' Sessions to help set up similar projects around the Boroughs."
More information on the role can be obtained by contacting Sharon on (01245) 393074 or via e-Mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Actual applications, which should be in the form of a covering letter accompanied by a current C.V., should be submitted to: County Development Manager, Essex County F.A., The County Office, Springfield Lyons Approach, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 5LB or via e-Mail to email@example.com. The closing date is Friday 4th April 2008.
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