Extra Time caught up with another of our previous coaches Nick Fairey, who, since working for UK Elite has gone on to work for English League clubs Birmingham, current Premier League leaders Leicester and now works for former European Champions Nottingham Forest.
UK Elite – Hi Nick, can you explain your current position and work with Nottingham Forest?
Nick – I have worked at Nottingham forest now for seven years my current position is Foundation Phase Academy Coach and also one of the Pre-Academy Lead Coaches which involves coaching and identifying the boys that Nottingham Forest will want to sign for their U9 academy team the following year.
UK Elite – How long have you been involved in soccer?
Nick – I have always played since I was eight years old and have been coaching since 2002 working with Birmingham, Leicester and now Nottingham Forest which is the club I have supported since a kid.
UK Elite – What do you think of the current state of youth soccer coaching?
Nick – I think with things like having to have a level one qualification and the introduction of the youth modules and club mentors, you will start to see the level of grassroots coaches getting a better understanding of how to help their players. I’m not saying that I agree with everything that is on these courses but if you come away with 4-5 things then that has to be a positive.
UK Elite – When and where did you work for UK Elite and for how long?
Nick – I started to work for UK Elite in 2004, I worked with them for three seasons living in Morristown, New Jersey for two years and then Randolph. While working there I worked with a lot of travel teams in New Providence and West Morris as well as the Morris county select program.
UK Elite – How did your time here help you progress as a coach?
Nick – You helped me to realize that I wanted to make soccer coaching my job and they gave me a great library of ideas and sessions to use and adapt. A lot of which I still use today.
UK Elite – Favorite memory of our time here?
Nick – Plenty I couldn’t say, but soccer wise it would be the Morris county select weekends. Traveling with four of your now best friends to tournaments all over the east coast and staying over in hotels. It was just a great experience driving there, coaching in the games and socializing at night. My team was pretty good too – I made two finals.
UK Elite – What would you say to potential UK Elite Coaches?
Nick – Do it!! You will never regret it.