After a number of internal changes over the summer due to COVID-19, we are delighted to appoint two senior coaching roles at the Club.
We are excited to announce that Brian Willis and Ross Shuter have been appointed the Club's new Lead Coaches, covering the Development Phase and Foundation Phase respectively.
Brian, the Club's new Development Lead Coach for U12s to U18s, joined LJFC in October 2014 and has experience of coaching various age groups, and currently coaches the Club's Youth Team (U18s).
Speaking of his new role, Brian said "I am very happy to be in a role where I am able to help our coaches with their planning and delivery of coaching sessions and also being able to support them on match days."
Brian continued "I enjoy passing on knowledge, I have from 6-7 years of coaching, to other coaches who are open to exploring different styles of coaching and improving their skills, which will in turn help improve their players."
"The development phase is where football continues to be fun but also where it starts to become more technical and tactical for our players. I look forward to helping our U12s to U18s grow and develop their game and hopefully have put them in a position to step in to the senior game or gain scholarships with local academies, or just for them to continue enjoying playing football with their friends whilst continuing to learn the beautiful game." said Brian.
Ross, the Club's new Foundation Lead Coach for U7s to U11s, joined LJFC in February 2015 and has experience of coaching teams in both the Foundation Phase and Development Phase, and he currently coaches the Club's U15 Juniors and U10 Rangers.
Ross said "Being appointed the Foundation Lead Coach is an extremely proud moment, after spending the last 6 years at the Club. It’s a very exciting opportunity to help our players continue to develop and gain a true understanding of the game we all love, while continuing their journey with LJFC."
"In tandem with this, it will be a great honour to support our Foundation Phase Coaches through their development with the Club and ensure we provide a fun filled environment that continues to encourage learning and education for our young players through their football journey, as this sport is a great way of making friends for life and having fun!" added Ross.
Our Coaches will benefit hugely from the support structure we have put in place to help them with their teams, both in terms of planning effective coaching sessions and supporting Coaches during match days. This is another example of LJFC's commitment to developing grassroots football across the area.