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Name: Rehan Mirza    
Football Club: ex Notts County FC    
Role: Academy Coach    
ZRF Role: Coach / Mentor


Biograpghy

Rehan has coached football at the Notts County FC Academy, Mansfield Town Centre of Excellence and for the Nottingham Schools football Association. These roles involved coaching, mentoring and scouting local players to join the academy in order to produce suitable and elite talent for the future of the football club. This aside, Rehan has coached adults men's and women's football and is a candidate to do the UEFA A license for which he has have received funding for via one of the football Associations coaching programmes. Rehan's most memorable coaching position to date was leading a Pakistan International XI team that played against Woking FC during the summer of 2010 and being asked to coach at the NEC for the grassroots live event in 2012.

Rehan currently runs his own Soccer academy (Pro-10 Soccer Academy) which promotes not only elite coaching to all ages, but also offers 2 year scholarship programmes within local clubs.

How did you get into coaching?

With the lack of representation in football amongst the Asian community, I decided to look at the various opportunities for somebody like myself to be involved in coaching. From starting as a volunteer, I have managed to gain suitable experience from various groups within community football. I understood that without qualifications, it would make it very hard to follow a pathway within the game. I decided to undertake the Level 1 coaching qualification and then network with the relevant people within the game. This helped me immensely to move up the coaching ladder as I am now about to begin the UEFA A Licence through the help of Brendon Batson at the FA via the Coaches Bursary Fund.

What does a typical week involve?

A typical week involves planning coaching sessions and designing a curriculum to follow. The players/learners at my academy must demonstrate progression and are assessed at regular intervals during the season.

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

Networking is always the best remedy for success in any profession and I would always advise this to anybody from the Asian community whether a player, coach or other, to follow this criteria. Professional bodies will firstly always look at your CV and without a recognised qualification or good experience within football, you will always struggle.