As we finish the first round of soccer assessments in Dublin and Limerick, we decide to catch up with some of the lads that have been hired to coach soccer in the US for summer 2017 to find out a little bit about them and their reasons for applying for the programme.
Sean is 23 years-old, is finished college, plays for Ballinahown FC in Westmeath and is currently managing the U-15 Marist College Football team. When heard about the programme and expressed an interest his girlfriend immediately signed him up!
“I am 23 and want to experience a different part of the world; I’m not getting any younger!!”
The assessment days are pretty easy and relaxed; you don’t need to be Messi to get hired. Sean “thoroughly enjoyed” his assessment day and even “learned a few things and met some great people”.
“There were some talented coaches on display so I feel fortunate to be given this fantastic opportunity.”
Sean hopes that this experience will give him the chance to showcase his coaching and football skills and see what other opportunities can arise from doing the programme. His dream is to one day be a professional football coach.
“I have an array of coaches whom I idolise, but perhaps my favourite is Jurgen Klopp. His energy and enthusiasm is infectious and that’s how I want to run teams with the same passion and energy”. “He is someone I would emulate.”
His favourite player is Steven Gerrard because he feels he is “a courageous leader and ferocious warrior when he wore a Liverpool jersey” who is “blessed with great technical and defensive capabilities”. He has also inspired him to “push forward many times when life blocks its paths from you.”
Sean wants to be placed on the East Coast because of “its affiliation with the Irish and a strong heritage still resides on those shores”.
I’m sure one day we’ll see him side by side with his best buddy, Klopp.
Benjamin plays for Youghal AFC in Cork and sometimes coaches Youghals U12’s team.
He first heard about the programme over Facebook and Instagram and decided to sign up “to experience The US for the first time and to meet new people and cultures while doing the thing I love; football”. Best of both worlds really…
He also found the assessment day to be pretty straight forward and very relaxed.
“Everyone took part in the training and helped each other out.”
Benjamin’s favourite payer is Ronaldinho, and has been since he was young.
“He has a way about him, a fluidity in his movement, almost like a dance on the pitch. He isn’t fuelled by money or fame, but passion and love for the beautiful game. In my eyes he is one of the greatest.”
Benjamin’s hopes to be placed on the East Coast and he’s looking forward to “experiencing a new culture and way of life and also to see the beauty of America in its people, cities and nature”.
If you’re interested in going, we have more assessment days coming up in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Dublin in November. If you want more info you can go onto our website or shoot Gary an email. And if you’re feeling chatty you can even give him a buzz: 01 602 1906. Be quick because places are filling up fast!
Sure if I was any good at football I’d do go, but sadly I can barely kick a ball…