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samirbutt

Name: Samir Butt  
Previous Club: Bradford City
Role: Acadmey Coach 
ZRF Role: Coach / Mentor

 

Biography

Samir is a graduate with a degree in BA (Hons) Sports Development from Leeds Metropolitan University. In a professional capacity he has held a number of roles with voluntary, public and commercial sector organisations.

He was a coach in the Centre of Excellence (now Academy under the Elite Player Performance Plan) at Bradford City Football Club. In his five years there he worked with various age groups. He has been involved with the Zesh Rehman Foundation very much from the outset. He has also been fortunate enough to have had coaching assignments abroad in several countries.

Samir intends to pursue a career in teaching while also continuing with his coaching endeavours.

How did you get into coaching?

I started in 2007 just before entering higher education. I was lucky enough to land a role with a Local Authority where I delivered multi-sport and football activities to young people from marginalised communities to gain experience. I was then presented with an opportunity to coach at Bradford City Football Club which I accepted. I started of by working within the Development Centres before progressing into the Centre of Excellence.

What does a typical week involve?

A typical week involves planning and delivering training sessions, as well as, observing and critically analysing football matches then offering feedback to participants to improve performance and produce individual and group reports.

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

It is important to surround yourself with a support network of like-minded people to mentor and guide you. There are no shortcuts to success in this industry - work as hard as possible to develop and improve even more so when things get tough. I have a lot people to thank for helping me along the way family, friends and colleagues. Their input and backing has been invaluable.