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The Zesh Rehman Foundation (ZRF) has been delivering its Sidelined-2-Sidelines (S2S) programme since early 2013 following funding from the Premier League and Professional Footballers' Association. The programme was delivered in close association with the Chelsea FC Foundation and QPR FC In the Community Trust and supported young participants in their pursuit of becoming suitably qualified coaches and role models to younger generations of children.

Over the last twelve months, the cohort of S2S coaches have engaged over 6000 different children and delivered over 13000 coaching hours across London. Over the next few months, we will be sharing some of the participants stories of their journeys through the S2S programme.

Lawrence Hingley is a full-time student at Kingston University where he is studying Sports Analysis & Coaching, whilst also coaching at grassroots football club Concorde Rangers.

Lawrence Hingley: In my own words…

"I became aware of the Zesh Rehman Foundation “Sidelined-2-Sidelines” project early 2013 and how they were looking to provide support to coaches from under-represented backgrounds. The level of support the ZRF has provided me on my journey as a coach has surpassed any level of expectation I had going into the programme. Since the very first workshop in May, the ZRF has provided monthly workshops which are not only engaging but have also challenged me as a coach. This in large has been down to the personnel the foundation have brought in to deliver these workshops, such as representatives from the FA (Ben Bartlett), Crystal Palace FC (Gary Mulcahey), Fulham FC (Keith Stiles & Nick Levett) & Chelsea FC (Rob Udberg) to name just a few. To be able to interact and pick the brains of some of the countries best coaches would not have have been possible without the help of the foundation.

A particular highlight of my mine so far with the programme has been the chance to visit St George’s Park and attend the FA’s talent ID workshop. Again without the help of the organisation, the thought of being able to grace England’s new training facility would have been unlikely, but thanks to the ZRF for organising the trip it made for a memorable day. The support I have received from Riz Rehman (ZRF Project Manager) has been first class, from helping organise a coaching visit at a professional club in Singapore (thanks to Zesh), providing funding for coaching courses to help further educate me as a coach, to providing the opportunity to gain employment with the QPR trust. Riz has always provided encouragement to further educate yourself as a coach, to work hard and always wants to know how your are progressing as a coach which is fantastic.

During my time on the programme I have not only been able to improve as a coach but I have picked up on various valuable professional skills such as presentation skills and the importance of communication. The vast amount of public speakers from a range of backgrounds not limited to football the ZRF has brought in has left an impact on me and has given me more confidence in these areas. More importantly, since joining the programme I have gained that extra confidence to take a greater role at my local grassroots club by trying to implement some of the things I have learnt from my time on the programme. Examples of this include trying to encourage the older coaches at the club to educate themselves by attending the Youth Award modules and attempting to establish links with coaching companies which emphasis “ball mastery” as key for the development of younger children.

In conclusion I would like to thank the ZRF and in particular Riz Rehman for the continued support and opportunities. As I reflect on the last year and journey I have made as a coach and as a person, I have realised that there is no substitute for hard work and with the support of programmes such as the ZRF anything is possible as long as your work for it".

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