Lewis Childs: How to be successful on the Sports Coaching course
Sports Coaching Graduate, Lewis Childs, talks about his journey from UCLan to the UAE, where he heads up a football talent development programme for City Football Group.
BA (Hons) Sports Coaching
University of Central Lancashire Sports Coaching graduate, Lewis Childs, has his dream career working for City Football Group, who also own his hometown football team and Premier League giants, Manchester City F.C., as Head Coach of the Talented Player Programme at the Club’s base in Abu Dhabi.
Lewis was Drawn to UCLan because of the excellent reputation in Sports Coaching as well as close links to the city of Manchester. The course modules gave Lewis a real understanding of coaching methodologies, focusing on a range of sports from elite to grass roots level including a module which involved travelling to Spain for a high-performance training camp.
Lewis said: “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. Lewis said: “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.”
Whilst coaching at the college, Lewis was approached by staff from Manchester City F.C. about working 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 F.C. as a Junior Academy Coach.
Within a few years, Lewis had worked his way up the club’s coaching ladder to land the role of Football Delivery Manager, which was based in the UAE and managed and developed a football programme which is the largest of its kind in the Middle East. From this role, Lewis was promoted to Head Coach of the Talented Player Programme in the UAE.
Talking about his role, Lewis said: “I currently lead a talent development program across the UAE. We create a clear aspirational pathway for youth players in the UAE by increasing training opportunities and creating an environment to accelerate learning and performance. Identifying and developing a player’s talent and supporting them to fulfil their future potential. I also continue to support MCFC and the City Football Group with its projects globally.”
When asked what advice he would give to prospective students, Lewis commented: “Set aside appropriate time for planning and reviewing your own and player’s performance, develop a clear understanding of learning, read to support learning and put the hours in on the grass coaching to gain lots of experience with players of different ages and abilities.”