My TCM: Gareth Thomas

Gareth leads the Invictus Sixth Form Football Academy in the UK.

Nov 27th 2020

Written by The Coaching Manual

In the latest instalment of our MyTCM series, we spoke with Gareth Thomas of the Invictus Sixth Form Football Academy in the West Midlands, UK.

Gareth said: "At Invictus, we are currently working with 16 years old+, my aim is to develop the academy to work through the age groups- starting with grassroots working through the Youth Development Phase."

Gareth began coaching in 2000 while on a Youth Training Scheme (YTS) at a local club.

He said: "I enjoyed it so much it got me interested in teaching. I have been a teacher for 16 years now and have held all positions from teacher to head of PE.

I have still coaches throughout this time, mainly in the schools district and county sides.

I started the sixth form academy, where I work with an ex-professional footballer. I'm constantly looking for ways to develop through coaching courses and webinars.

"I've been using The Coaching Manual for around five years now, I heard about it through social media. It has absolutely helped me improve as a coach - it has given me so many ideas and tips."

It's not just The Coaching Manual's concepts and tips that Gareth has found value in, as he recently completed the TCM Certificate - Level 1 course.

He said: "TCM Certificate Level 1 has brought things out in me that I hadn't used before, and I am noticing my players using the terminology I am using from the course. I have really enjoyed it. Thank you so much for the course that you have put on - it has been a brilliant 10 weeks!

"The Coaching Manual has been a brilliant help during this time. Where the grass training has mainly stopped, to be able to use the time to update/upskill, and reset ideas has been invaluable."

And thank you for taking part, Gareth!

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