CDG visit SGP

The Bedfordshire Coach Development Group visited St Georges Park the English Football Association's National Football Centre.

Cliff Simmonds one of the legacy coaches said:

“On behalf of the group I would like to thank all the staff at St George's Park (SGP) who took the time out to welcome us and make the trip truly memorable and inspiring”.

Wayne Allison Coach Inclusion and Diversity Manager and Arsenal Legend Paul Davis who presented the certificates to the group commented on what a tremendous job the Coach Development Group (CDG) are doing in their county.

This was the final event of the season which included amongst many others a visit to Luton Town Football club and a tour of the academy. There was a presentation from David Turner on elite coaches, a visit to Biggleswade United to witness the planning that goes into a match day and various opportunities to observe coaches from around the county including the Advanced Coaching Centre for girls which links into the England Talent Pathway. The final event included this visit to a U17's fixture at Euro 2018.

Each member has been assigned an individual action plan for the upcoming season which will enable them to focus in on their individual needs and also their club needs. Following the CDG experience all members will now become adult mentors which will enable them to continue their legacy at their clubs.

This year’s cohort were also joined by two legacy coaches from last year, Pete Cooke and Cliff Simmonds. Both Pete and Cliff have both been outstanding in bringing in a smooth transition from last year.

Jeremy Harris one of the members from this year commented

“My thoughts for the whole CDG season are simple, inspiring, educational privileged to have worked with and met some fantastic people that have without doubt helped me in so many ways better myself my club and my coaches that volunteer week in and week out. If I could give any Grassroots one piece of advice it would be get your name down for next seasons CDG group you will not be disappointed”.

Butch Fazal County Coach Developer said

“The CDG group have really met our vision as an organisation to inspire and empower the next generation of coaches, I am positive they will continue to leave a legacy at their clubs and meet the objectives of their own individual action plans”.

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