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Name: Annie Zaidi
Football Club: Birmingham City County FA
Role: Community Coach
ZRF Role: Coach / Mentor

 

Biography

Annie is a post-graduate with Masters in Community & Youth Work Studies from Durham University. Her main profession is a training consultant for young people supporting their personal, education & social development and has held various roles within the voluntary, public and statutory sector.

Annie has been actively involved at the grassroots as a football coach since 2007 but has recently stepped down to concentrate on developing herself as a coach/mentor as this is where her passion in seeing individual players develop through the 4-corner module and realising their potential.

Annie currently holds a FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football, Coaching Disabled Footballers Badge and is currently working towards her Youth Module 3 which she aims to obtain by the end of 2013. 

How did you get into coaching?

I always loved football from a young age - not sure where I inherited the passion as having 3 brothers neither of them like football as much as I did. I used to play football as a past time in the back garden down the local park and began playing for a school team but back then girl's football regardless of my ethnicity was unheard of so there was a little support. At the age of 14 I decided to stop playing simply because it was unseen and unheard of an Asian Muslim female playing football and even though my parents were supportive I don't feel that as a player I had the right support and guidance to continue playing.

The best next thing to playing is coaching and I was keen to develop the skill sets which I could use to encourage others to play the game and stay involved regardless of their ethnicity, culture or background. I believe that football is a tool that can be used to break down social barriers and create community cohesion. 

What does a typical week involve?
 
My day job is based within Lloyd McGrath Sports Academy, Coventry. I perform dual responsibilities as a football coach and as a youth worker. Monday evening I coach for Birmingham County FA at the Girls Player Development Centre therefore my session plan has to be emailed on the specific topic by Thursday evening. Then at weekends I travel down to London to coach at Ferndale FC in Brixton. 

What advice would you give to an aspiring coach looking to get into the game?

When you set your mind to what you want NOTHING can get in the way!