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manrajsingh

Name: Manraj Singh Sucha    
Football Club: Milton Keynes Dons FC / Northampton Town FC    
Role: Community Coach / Academy Mentee / Performance Ananlysis    
ZRF Role: Coach / Mentor


Biograpghy

Manraj has been coaching at various levels for over six years. In 2011 Manraj obtained an MSc in Sports Performance from the University of Bedfordshire. During his Masters degree Manraj undertook a voluntary internship role as a performance analyst with MK Dons FC first team and reserves. Following the internship Manraj gained a full time internship opportunity with Northampton Town FC as Head of Performance Analysis for the 2012/13 season.

During 2012 Manraj started working with the MK Dons Sport and Education trust as a community coach. Planning and delivering after-school, player development centre and local team coaching sessions. He also began to volunteer with the girls centre of excellence and was asked to help out with the U15s team. Manraj often observes MK Dons academy sessions which allows him to ask questions, have debates and learn from experienced coaches.

How did you get into coaching?

I began volunteering at a local grassroots club that helped me to obtain my initial qualifications. I also completed an MSc in Sports Performance which really helped to develop my coaching philosophy. Having worked as a head coach for a soccer school I then began coaching with MK Dons FC in 2012.

What does a typical week involve?

Football 24/7... almost! I work at Northampton Town FC during the mornings and then travel to Milton Keynes to deliver after-school sessions. During the evening I am either at a player development centre, girls centre of excellence or at the academy - that is of course when I'm not coaching at grass roots level. Usually I try to keep one evening to myself (maybe two) but too often I end up doing something on all five days.

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

'There is no substitute for hard work'. If you are passionate about it, then you should seek opportunities, volunteer where you can and always be open to learning - the 'sidelined to sidelines' project offers exactly that. From some coaches you can learn what to do, and from others you can learn what not to do. Any experience you obtain will help in the long run. Along with experience, knowledge is vital, there is so much material out there and so many books to read. Top coaches and managers I have met, have always recommended books for me to read and I now recommend them to others.