I have been the football coach at Blessed Dominic Catholic Primary School for many years now. It all began quite accidentally.
I had turned up to watch my son play in his first school football match. Mrs McCarthy (Miss Carroll) was managing the team at the time and asked me for some advice before the start of the game. I ended up on the side-lines shouting instructions to the team. After the game, Mrs McCarthy asked me would I be willing to take on the role as coach and the rest is history. We went on to win the league at our very first attempt; a proud moment for us all!
I’m passionate about football and I watch as many games as I can, when I can and it is this passion and hunger that I try to bring to the team. I am a strong believer in commitment and a willingness to learn. I demand that my players demonstrate not only skill and technique on the pitch, but also that they apply their intelligence to the ‘beautiful game’. I am a dedicated Arsenal supporter but I also admire different soccer teams across the world. I enjoy the tactical side of the game and like nothing better than to analyse what worked and didn’t work at the end of a match.
I believe that fitness is just as important as skill so I do push the boys to their limits on the training pitch. During team talks, I explain my strategy and game plan in detail so that they understand why they are doing things in a certain way.
Our success in recent years has been limited but I truly believe that we now have players who are capable of winning trophies this season. Mr Hantonne joined the school last year and has supported me in training and match preparation. We work very well together and I have learned a lot from him. We are both looking forward to the season and I hope that we can bring the league cup back to Blessed Dominic School after a prolonged absence.