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Name: Karamjit Uppal    
Football Club: West Bromwich Albion    
Role: Coach / Scout    
ZRF Role: Coach / Mentor


Biography

Karamjit graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA (Hons) degree in Sport and Physical Education and then did a PGCE in Physical Education. He is currently a PE teacher working in an inner city school in Birmingham. He has been coaching football for over twelve years, mainly at youth level and has recently gained the UEFA B Licence. Over the last year he have taken the step up to coaching and managing Mahal FC men's team who currently play in the West Midlands (Regional) Division 1.

Karamjit has also been fortunate enough to work as an Academy Scout for West Bromwich Albion FC and this is a role that he thoroughly enjoys. It has helped him to see the whole process of player recruitment, from talent identification through to players being signed. One of his remits as a scout has been to look at youth football within the Sandwell area and young Asian players in particular.

Moving forward into the future he hopes to continue improving and developing as a coach and looking to do the UEFA A Licence and Youth Modules. Long term, he would like to work in an academy or professional football club as a full time coach.

How did you get into coaching?

I started coaching during my first year at university in 2000. I worked in a few schools running multi-sports sessions and then started to do a number of level 1 coaching courses in football, hockey and cricket. After graduating I began coaching a number of different youth football teams within the local community and then became a teacher. Also, becoming an academy scout at WBA allowed me access to watch top level coaches deliver sessions to academy players which gave me invaluable experience when completing my UEFA B Licence.

What does a typical week involve?

A typical week involves working full time as a PE Teacher and transferring the skills I have gained from football coaching into other sports. I also have to plan and deliver training sessions to my team twice a week as well as prepare the squad and tactics for our game on Saturdays. I try to attend WBA academy training session twice a week, as well as scout meetings if they are taking place. On Sunday mornings I am out scouting local teams that I have been assigned to watch.

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

Hard work is the key to success. Never think that you know it all as the game is always evolving and as a coach, you must too. Know your craft well and how to treat individuals, as each player will be different and will need you to treat them differently. Don't wait for other people to help you, help yourself. If you want to achieve something, go and get it.