Reward for Cottee

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James Cottee of Arnold Town FC has been selected as one of the 29 Coaching Scholars in The FA’s 2012/13 Coach Scholarship Programme.

The programme is in place to support some of the countries most talented and gifted young leaders and aspiring coaches.

 James will receive a financial contribution towards courses to support his ongoing development, as well as a personal mentor to support him on a 1-2-1 basis.  All of the coaching scholars will also be brought together by The FA for ‘Development Days’.

 Craig Lee, Nottinghamshire FA Football Development Officer was delighted for James “It has been an incredible year for him, he was one of the most active young leaders in The Nottinghamshire FA’s Football Futures scheme logging over 100 voluntary hours during the 2011/12 season, this culminated in him being recognised as The Nottinghamshire FA Young Volunteer of the Year for 2011/12, as well as being selected as the Nottinghamshire representative at The FA’s National Football Futures Camp held for five days in July at The Royal National College for the Blind in Herefordshire.

 This really is just reward for James, as a young leader he takes on so many roles and responsibilities at one of Nottinghamshire’s biggest grassroots clubs, with perhaps one of the most important coming only a month ago when he had to work with The FA and The Media Group when the filming of The FA’s new .  I’m sure that he will develop and go from strength to strength!”

 James Cottee commented “I originally started off coaching at the age of 15 for my Duke of Edinburgh silver award volunteering for 6 months with my local team, Arnold Town Under 13’s. I loved every minute of it and couldn’t wait for the next session. The manager of that team, Nic, alongside my parents, encouraged me to take my Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football at 16. Nic then asked me if I wanted to help him coach mini soccer 4 – 9 year olds which I jumped at. After 2 years working with Nic at mini soccer, we have created over 4 teams, some of the players that we have coached since they were 4 are now playing in Under 8 / 9 teams, which is fantastic to see.

 Alongside this, I have completed my Level 2, coached my cousin’s team from Under 11, started up an Under 15 team from scratch which is still going strong now, and just set up an Under 8 team. I recently represented the Nottinghamshire FA at the FA Football Futures Camp, which allowed me to improve my knowledge and experience in many different avenues in football and gain valuable experience from other young leaders, and from those people who have done it all before. I love to coach and volunteer in football for the kids and nothing more. As difficult as it is waking up at 8am every Saturday morning to do mini soccer, the smiles and enthusiasm on the faces of the kids inspire me. Without me coaching them, they wouldn’t have the fun and excitement of playing football with their friends and enjoying football the way they should do at that age.

 To be selected to be part of the FA National Coach Scholarship Programme is an amazing feeling. It is always nice to be recognised for your hard work and dedication to coaching and volunteering, and to have the opportunity to work alongside more experienced coaches to improve my coaching skills is fantastic. I would like to say thank you to Craig Lee who has supported me over the last few years, giving me many amazing opportunities to improve my knowledge of coaching and football volunteering as a whole, that I could not have dreamt of having when I first started coaching.”

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