Premier League Kicks | Matt’s Story Part Two

Matt Foster started volunteering at Reds in the Community’s Premier League Kicks sessions in June and has now earned himself a paid role as a Community Coach.

In August, we took a look at Matt’s story so far where he had been volunteering at two weekly Kicks sessions and had aspirations of becoming a coach at Oakwell.

Before the Summer, Matt was working in a hospital as a sports physiotherapist and sports therapist but has now progressed his career with RITC.

The 24-year-old recently passed his FA level two qualification with the support of RITC and is studying a sports development course at Sheffield Hallam University.

Alongside studying for a degree, he now delivers on RITC’s lunch clubs, after-school clubs, friday clubs, saturday clubs, matchday clubs and Soccer Camps whilst still maintaining his commitment to Premier League Kicks.

Matt spoke of his gratitude for Reds in the Community’s support and explained how has he developed since the Summer.

He said: “I can’t thank Reds in the Community enough for their guidance and support over the last seven months. I couldn’t have asked for any more from when I started and I know I wouldn’t be in this position now without having got involved with Premier League Kicks.

“In a short space of time, I have been able to take on a paid coaching role which is why I got involved with Premier League Kicks in the first place. I’d encourage anyone who is interested in coaching to volunteer with Reds in the Community. It’d be great if my story could inspire other people to get involved and pursue a career in coaching.”

Sports Development Officer Kieron Campbell says that it has been a pleasure to oversee Matt’s journey with Premier League Kicks and Reds in the Community.

He said: “Matt has been a real success story from our Premier League Kicks sessions. I’ve really enjoyed watching Matt come on as a coach and as a person since that shy lad first turned up in June. From when he started volunteering, we have been really impressed with his attitude and application. We rewarded his commitment to Premier League Kicks and Reds in the Community by supporting him through his FA level two.

“Now he has passed his level two, we are delighted that we have been able to make him a permanent Community Coach with us. I’m looking forward to supporting Matt as he develops further in the coming years.”

There is still the opportunity for more volunteers to follow in Matt’s footsteps and make the journey from Premier League Kicks volunteer to being a paid Community Coach with RITC.

If you are interested in kickstarting your coaching career with Premier League Kicks then please contact [email protected] or ring 01226 211333.