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Inter CT launches Young Coach Mentor program

By Inter CT FC, 03/23/23, 8:00PM EDT


From Coach Leon.

Over a few days in February, I got to check off a bucket list item when I got to visit and thank my old High School coaches, Mick Payne & Lee Hagger for providing me with the opportunity to coach in the United States as a young 17 year old. 

Payne & Hagger were having their 30 year reunion from their time as head coach and assistant coach at the University of Alabama, Birmingham where they also ran soccer camps in the southern State throughout the 1990's - It is there that the coaches introduced me to both America and the world of coaching. 

The trip opened my eyes to the potential of soccer in the States and subsequent mentoring by these teachers and others led to me increasing in confidence as a person and establishing a coaching style of my own that served me through college and since 1999 as a full time coach.

It has always been my intention to help young soccer players get into coaching, and each year one or two players shadow me through either goalkeeping coaching, Adventure Soccer programs or more recently through the Pre-team Academy. Coach Jamie who now provides goalkeeper coaching across all three branches of Inter CT is an example of an ex student that is now giving back.

We are now in the position to be able to offer a young coach mentor program to more than just a couple of players as we introduce the Young Coach Mentor Program.

The coach mentor program provides young Inter CT players and / or their siblings the opportunity to start coaching and learn about becoming a soccer coach. 

Coaching and / or teaching is a valuable asset that provides many life skills and for many of our coaches, has provided the opportunity for great travel and experiences. 

As a 17 year old, coach Leon had a couple of mentors that provided him with the opportunity to start coaching. These mentors were instrumental in his life choices, travel, friends and ultimately, occupation.

Inter CT is providing 20 aspiring young coaches from within our program the opportunity to be mentored  in the art of coaching and assist them getting their first coaching licenses.

Topics will include:

Registered young coaches will be expected to;

  • Attend live sessions to assist coach Leon 
  • Follow an easy online course and complete homework tasks
  • Put into practice lessons learned when given a small group 
  • Observe other coaches across the club
  • Complete a US Soccer certification

There is no charge to be part of this program 

Inter CT FC will pay for the coaching certification at the end of the season

Young coaches will be provided with additional Inter CT merchandise 

Young coaches who are up to date with their work and who have good attendance may be asked to become counselors on Inter CT summer camps with the opportunity to be compensated financially.

Extremely talented young coaches will be offered an opportunity to continue learning as a junior coach with paid opportunities. 

Registration for this program is open to participants born 2008 and older.