Callum Kirkby

Callum Kirkby

After finishing at St Andrews School, Leatherhead, I started coaching as part of my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award and enjoyed it so much I decided this was the route I wanted to follow. Once I finished school I was offered a place at Merrist Wood College under The Chelsea Foundation where I studied a 2 year program in Football Coaching and Sports development.

When I turned 18 I wanted to extend my knowledge and decided to spend 10 weeks with Challenger Sports in North America which is where my love for coaching grew.

I am currently attending my 3rd year at Merrist Wood College, studying Sports Coaching Level 3 which completes my FA Level 2, finishing in May. Once I have completed my qualification, I have decided to do a 2nd year in America with Challenger but this time in Dallas and fly out end of May for another 10 weeks.

The experience of coaching plus the added benefit of seeing how coaching is developed in the States along with spending time with different host family homes every week has given me a great insight as to where I would like to be in a few years time.

I have also recently been given a role within the Surrey FA where myself and 15 other coaches and referees are part of the Surrey FA Forum. Here, we host events throughout Surrey and meet once a month to discuss and put ideas to each other to see what else we can do to encourage and develop players in the all age groups.

My long term goal, like most young coaches, is to work at a Professional Club full time coaching 1stteam football.

 

Qualifications

FA Level 2

Futsal Level 1

Talent Identification Level 1

Experienced in coaching disability football

Surrey FA Youth Forum Team

Qualified Referee Level 7

DBS Cleared

First Aid Qualified

Safeguarding Certified