Aaron Moses-Garvey is celebrating the realisation of a football dream after securing a coaching role with West Bromwich Albion.
Moses-Garvey is one of the latest beneficiaries of The Football Association's COACH bursary scheme, which aims to address under-representation of Black, Asian, and Minority Ethic coaches at higher levels of the game.
His achievement is part of the remarkable success for the Birmingham-based Continental Star, who play in the Midland Alliance and now have five coaches working with professional clubs.
Moses-Garvey said: “It means pretty much everything really. Not being able to make it as a professional footballer, coaching was the next route. I have always been part of grassroots football by coaching at Continental Star FC, and my new job will not only help me but also the community that I serve."
“It’s a two-part role, I’ll be working in the foundation phase which is academy and pre-academy from age six to U11s , as well as working as a development coach for the U15s.”
COACH aims to provide support for coaching qualifications, work experience, while generating opportunities to observe top coaches and benefit from mentoring. It assists those with at least a Level 2 qualification and who are aspiring to higher levels of coaching and are committed to following through a programme of work for a season.
Reflecting on his experiences as part of the COACH scheme, Moses-Garvey added: “It was really good. I was involved in one of the original pilots at Aston Villa. From day one I felt like part of the team at West Bromwich and I have learnt a lot in the six months I have been there."
The bursary programme is managed by Brendon Batson for The FA, with support and input from The FA’s Equality team.
For more information on the COACH bursary scheme, please click here.