UK Elite Soccer have been fortunate enough to employ many great coaches over the years and whilst we are delighted many of them still work for UK Elite Soccer, some go take opportunities and establish themselves elsewhere. UK Elite ‘Extra Time’ are catching up with coaches who have gone on to successful careers in soccer since leaving UK Elite Soccer.
Conor Nestor is currently a Development Officer for the Irish Football Association after working for UK Elite in 2007. UK Elite ‘Extra Time’ caught up with Conor to check in and get his thoughts on the current state of youth soccer coaching.
UK Elite – Explain your current position and work with the Irish Football Association?
Conor – For the last eight years I have been a development officer in Limerick for the Irish Football Association heading up elite player development and coach education as well as club and league development and some social inclusion work.
UK Elite – How long have you been involved in soccer?
Conor – I have been coaching at various levels for the last 15 years. It was UK Elite who gave me my first full time professional role in 2007 and I have been involved in Irish football since, working with Limerick Football Club before moving to the Irish Football Association.
UK Elite – What do you think of the current state of youth soccer coaching?
Conor – I believe coaching has improved massively since I myself was a young player. We have far more educated coaches, far more coaches with a player centred and long term development mind set. However, I still think we we need more of this particularly at grassroots levels, this is where we need to improve.
UK Elite – When and where did you work for UK Elite and for how long?
Conor – I was fortune enough to secure a 9 month, March to November UK Elite contract in 2007, working mainly in the New Jersey region.
UK Elite – How did UK Elite help you progress as a coach?
Conor – Firstly, UK Elite gave me confidence by employing me at the age of 22. They then provided me with first class education opportunities through the NSCAA regional and advanced regional courses and a Brazilian FA C License.
The professional development provided by the company was invaluable as it allowed me to become a much more experienced an rounded coach. I would also have to point out that in my time there I got close to 1000 hours of coaching in, I am now a UEFA A license coach and I truly believe had it not been for the experience clocked up with UK Elite I could not have got to that level.
UK Elite – Favourite UK Elite memory?
Conor – Coin toss between filling in Andy Broadbent’s time sheets and the unbelievable people I got to meet!
UK Elite – What would you say to potential UK Elite Coaches?
Conor – If you want to develop and grow as a coach then this is a perfect opportunity, you just need to go and do it. To get better time and effort is needed and UK Elite are certainly work for a company that supports you and recognizes your efforts, the opportunities they offer and their professional development has been invaluable to my progression.
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