This year like every other year has been very enjoyable and successful. We are now looking at since the Roehampton Football academy started about twenty players gone to professional clubs as we only community academy we have done well to get these players in at different professional clubs. We also work with semi pro clubs and also non league clubs. The man as a coach is always believed, first of all:
Dedication of his self or of his person and also dedication of the players. Every session the coach has put his whole heart and soul into the session and always asking for the feedback of the players at the end of each session. It always seems like the reports are good but also you know keeping an open mind sometimes players might pass comment which is noted.
This academy over the last eight or nine years can boast we have players from every part of the world, to name a few countries: Brazil, France, Africa including North Africa that’s Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Ethiopia etc. Also China, Asia, Australia and several Eastern European countries: Bulgaria, Rumania, Germany, Ukraine or Russia and Poland. Apart from Brazil we’ve had Argentinians, Chile, Paraguay, Panama, Asians and Afghanistan’s.
The coach believes that the ball which is round has a significance to the world because it is round. And so every person, every nationality is entitled to play the best game in the world. Whether gender creed or colour this sport i.e. football is the greatest leveller of nations and people than any other irrespective of creed, colour or religions. The common denominator is the love and passion for the game at every level.
Can you tell me anything nicer than a guy who comes from another country, who does not speak English, gelling up with another player from his own country who speaks his native language? Surely he doesn’t feel alone? And that what football does.
Now I will talk about me which is my pet subject. I actually got the coaching badge about twenty years ago in-between going to South Thames college and getting an NVQ in Sports and Recreation and City and Guilds. And I got a community leaders sports award CLSA. I commenced work part time at a pro football club for six years which was great experience and I loved every minute.
I was working in schools, Roehampton Dover House Road, Fulham, Bishops Park, Hurlingham Park and several other venues. In-between that working for coaching children special needs, deaf and dumb, two or three different venues. One of them is the Paddock school and also Bollinbrook school for deaf, which I felt was very rewarding.
A little bit later on I was invited as I was an FA coach to develop football on Roehampton estate Crime Concern and YIP Youth Inclusion Project. I developed five aside teams and we played organised five aside at Fulham Palace Road park. Also Tooting and Mitcham. Later on I was there about five years. From the five aside we developed successful eleven aside where three of the boys were U/14 and they got into Fulham Academy. One boy went to Rushden & Diamond Academy and three or four boys trailing for semi pro teams, which was very successful. I worked there for four years then went Aldershot assistant manager for under eighteens. We developed one striker who went on two play pro and several boys went on to a decent standard. Also just a little bit before I was involved U/14 with Colliers Wood West Surrey boys league. First season was successful and we won the league cup. We won the Cambeslang Challenge Cup also we was beaten finalist in the Surrey County Cup.
Also I had the privilege of coaching Waltonham Hersham under tens won half way throughout the season and we won twelve games on a spin to win the league.
I was successful myself in Sussex in Brighton during the seventies played for Southwick and also Seaford Town and Eastborne United also one of the most successful teams in the meed week league, Brighton Celtic we won the league on several occasions. Sussex meed week cups twice Alderstan Memorial trophy, the league cup and the Juddy Best award and that was six aside. ‘Dennis has loved football and I have never met a man with more passion for the game’. He has been in Brazil three times and coached in Brazil. For example the Maracanã which is the biggest stadium in the world and several more stadiums in different countries which he says he was ‘very privileged’ to be in.
To be continued loving the game of football yours Dennis the unsung heroes to be continued.