Lewis Childs, UCLan Graduate to Football Delivery Manager, City Football Services
Lewis Childs has his dream career: working for his hometown football team, Premier League giants Manchester City, as Football Delivery Manager at the Club’s base in Abu Dhabi. It was at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) where Lewis’ journey began.
Drawn to UCLan because of the University’s excellent reputation in Sports Coaching as well as close links to the city of Manchester. In addition, the make-up of the course modules gave him a real understanding of coaching methodologies focusing on a range of sports from elite to grass roots level including some of his studies, which involved him travelling to Spain.
“My studies gave me a solid understanding of all the fields which surround sports coaching and high performance training. This gave me a fantastic base to then specialise in football coaching and understand how to apply a range of coaching methodologies.”
Academics on the course encouraged Lewis to gain appropriate work experience to tie-in with his overall studies.
“In my second year one of our modules was ‘Experiential Learning’ which allowed me to gain some hands on experience when I returned to coach my previous College Academy teams, Hopwood Hall College, for a number of hours each week.”
Whilst coaching at Hopwood Hall, Lewis was approached by staff from Manchester City about taking some hours up with their Academy. Casual hours led to part time work and on the very same week he graduated Lewis was offered a full time contract with Manchester City as a Junior Academy Coach.
Within a few years Lewis had worked his way up Manchester City’s coaching ladder to land the role of Football Delivery Manager based in the United Arab Emirates, managing and developing a football program which is the largest of its kind in the Middle East.
“As part of my role I oversee the ongoing training of over 1,200 players and manage and develop a team of 10 full-time City coaches. I also continue to support the City Football Group and its projects globally.”
As for some key advice to pass on to students Lewis says “Set aside appropriate time for planning and reviewing your own and player’s performance, develop a clear understanding of learning and put the hours in on the grass coaching to gain lots of experience with players of different ages and abilities.”