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Teenager ‘heading’ for the top as football coach
HE knows his 4-4-2 from his Christmas tree formations, and now he’s more qualified than some top TV soccer pundits.
Greater Leys resident Lee Fieldwick has just passed his FA Level 2 football coaching award and says he won’t stop until he’s managing his beloved team Tottenham.
The 19-year-old is so far ahead of the field he has to wait until he’s 21 to take the next step; a UEFA course which would give him licence to manage a professional outfit.
Mr Fieldwick, now in his second year at Oxford Brookes University studying Sports Coaching and PE, manages the Greater Leys Youth Under 13s Kites.
He said: “It was a lot of hard work and I was so pleased to be able to get the badge.
“Looking around there was only one person younger than me there, most were much older, the people who get into football when they have kids of their own.
“It’s not easy, I’ve given up most of my free time and it’s a lot of hard work, but I wouldn’t want to do anything else. “I’m hoping I can get into teaching a little over the next year.
“To be honest I love it and I want to go all the way to the top.”
Last year former Arsenal star Paul Merson, now a Sky TV expert, declared he didn’t have time to study for coaching badges. But Mr Fieldwick said he wants to know the game inside out in order to be a better manager and an inspiration to the children of Blackbird Leys.
Aged 17, he won the Oxfordshire FA young volunteer of the year award. Starting as a linesman, then a referee, he decided to take the plunge and train as a coach. Mr Fieldwick took the FA Level 2 course from March until August and earlier this month found out he had passed.
He says he is flexible in trying out football formations, in the mould of old Spurs boss and current manager of Queens Park Rangers, Harry Redknapp.
He said: “I try and give the youngsters confidence; talk to them and help out because really it’s not about me, it’s about them and helping them get better.
“They do give me some stick occasionally but they know who’s boss.
“It’s nice to be a role model and positive, and hopefully some of them will follow in my footsteps.”
His father Ian, welfare officer and coach of Greater Leys FC, said: “He has worked extremely hard, it’s not like you just give up the odd hour, you lose weekends, evenings, everything.
“Lee is real credit to our club and a great role model to his boys.
“You hear so much bad news about this estate, we want to promote the successes as much as possible.”
The next step for Lee is Level 3, a 90-hour course on advanced techniques run in four-day sessions for experienced coaches.
- To find out more about Greater Leys FC visit http://clubwebsite.co.uk/greaterleysyouthfootballclub/