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kaleemali

Name: Kaleem Ali
Football Club: Queens Park Rangers
Role: Academy Coach
ZRF Role: Coach / Mentor

 

Biography

Kaleem's coaching career began in 2009 at local grassroots club, Concorde Rangers, shortly after he completed his FA Level One. He is currently an FA Level Two qualified coach and also holds the FA Youth Award Modules One and Two. More recently, he has been awarded a bursary as part of the FA COACH programme which has supported him with his FA Youth Module 3.

Kaleem has also been involved in several initiatives for the QPR Community Trust including the first ever Community Development Centre Project in Hayes, London. He is currently coaching at the QPR Academy during the week alongside his weekend coaching commitments with the grassroots club where it all began.

How did you get into coaching?

I spotted a volunteer coaching position in the county newsletter for Concorde Rangers and went for it. The club has an affiliation with the QPR Community Trust and I started to get more involved with the community initiatives there. Then one day an opportunity to coach in the Academy came up.

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

There is no quick way to jump straight into the professional game. Take your time to learn and coach the game. Qualifications are important but the time spent on the grass coaching is where you really develop.