Finding work to supplement your income during university is fast becoming a necessity for many students across the country. But when you play American Football and your weekends can be taken up travelling, playing or training, there can be restrictions for what work you can do around your studies and your playing schedule.
But for Matt Smith, joining the team at American Football Development Ltd while at the University of Hertfordshire gave him the perfect opportunity to blend his love of the sport with his desire to earn some extra money. Since joining the team he’s been coaching in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire, working with school groups from as young as four to those approaching sixth form, and loving the work.
“I hadn’t really coached before, but have been playing American Football for a number of years, but after speaking to Joe Walker, I could see that this could be a really good thing to be a part of.”
Joe Walker, who is AFD’s Coach and Education Co-ordinator had been looking for additional coaches in the Chilterns area as the company expanded within the area and feels that those who are studying can combine their university work well with the AFD coaching role.
“The great thing about our coaching is that we can work around your schedules,” says Joe. We have bookings during the school day, after school and at the weekends, so if you flexibility around your working week then we may have work for you.”
Joe joined DblCoverage.com’s sideline studio during the 2017 National Championship games, to offer insight and analysis on the final fixtures at Sixways Stadium, Worcester.
The AFD work isn’t restricted to those in university, anyone who has flexibility in their week and has a passion to coach can look to join the team. Huge coaching experience isn’t a must (although is always valuable) but the need to have the enthusiasm to teach the next generation of players is vital. All AFD coaches receive full training, a uniform and DBS clearance is obtained for them. We also provide all the equipment you need to deliver sessions and of course there is payment!
AFD has a great group of coaches on board now but the company is expanding and continues to grow day by day. Thanks to the Club Support Scheme which was introduced last year, there are more clubs and schools gaining funding which in turn is providing a lot more work for Joe and his team.
“Only last month we had three new school bids granted which meant an additional 210 hours of coaching to schools in the country. That’s phenomenal and so fantastic to know we can bring more and more children into the game, but we need to have people who can deliver the coaching sessions.”
Matt himself is gearing up for a new challenge this term when he helps Sir Frederic Osborn school in Welwyn Garden City start their new programme. The school recently won a sporting bid which will see them introduce both flag and padded football to the school as extra-curricular activities with Matt coaching both groups. Two other schools have also recently been successful in similar bids and will be starting their sessions over the coming months.
“For the padded football we also require coaches to have their BAFA Level One but we do provide all the work schemes and plans for lessons that coaches need to deliver the sessions,” says Joe. “We are fielding enquiries from schools all the time for grant applications so it would be good to have more people on the team.”
At present Joe is looking for more coaches in North Kent, London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Surrey and Hampshire but is happy to take enquiries from people in other areas as the company continues to expand.
“These are the areas we are working in and have bookings in at the moment but we have plans to expand further in the next academic year, so if you are interested in coaching then get in touch. We have had some of our coaches move on from their studies – in fact two of our former coaches have just completed teacher training, inspired to do so from being an AFD coach – so we’re on the lookout for more recruits.”
For more information on how you can become an AFD coach contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0203 056 2700