We asked our 8 FA Vauxhall Youth Officers to tell us about themselves, and to find out why they love football so much! Below are their answers
DANIEL GREENOUGH – FA Vauxhall Youth Officer, South West Region
Name: Daniel Greenough
Which region do you look after: South West Region
Which football team do you support: Arsenal
Who is your all time favourite football player and why: Ian Wright, an Arsenal legend who broke the club all time goal scoring record which is now held by Thierry Henry.
Who is your favourite England Player and why: Paul Gascoigne because of his passion for the game and that goal in Euro 96!
What’s your most memorable sporting moment: Qualifying for the BCS Five-a-side Nation Finals.
How did you get into football/coaching: Started playing football at U11’s and since then have never left the game and have either played, coached or both (in an ideal world)
What do you enjoy most about coaching: The buzz of seeing players develop and playing exciting attacking football.
What is your career highlight: Getting a job with the FA and a professional football club
What do you like doing in your spare time: I like to chill with friends and family, listen to music, race go karts and anything that goes fast and of course play and watch football.
Why is Mash Up so important: Mash Up will help get many 14-17 year old boys and girls either into football or back into football, so to that end Mash up will be vital for the future of the beautiful game.
JACKIE BUSHELL - FA Vauxhall Youth Officer, East RegionAge: 45
Which region do you look after: East
Which football team do you support: Millwall
Who is your all time favourite football player and why: Marco Van Basten – as he was a skilful and thoughtful player – who was able to read the game as well as play the game.
Who is your favourite England Player and why: Past – Teddy Sherringham – because of the Millwall connection. Bobby Moore England legend World Cup hero of 1966
What’s your most memorable sporting moment: Super Saturday at 2012 Olympics could now be rated as one of those moments you will never forget and Mo Farrah top it off by completing the long distance double which is an outstanding achievement.
How did you get into football/coaching: I worked at a school an became involved with the PE delivery as I worked alongside the PE Co-ordinator. He suggested I attended the old Level 1 course, which I loved. I then decided to coach on a voluntary basis and was given some great opportunities through Wimbledon FC. I took my level 2 and was taken on as a part time coach and haven’t looked back. I currently coach a Men’s team in Milton Keynes and am working towards my UEFA A Badge.
What do you enjoy most about coaching: I enjoying working with players – seeing them develop as individuals and as units of players? Supporting coaches and developing my knowledge.
What is your career highlight: I have two – Wimbledon Ladies U12’s (CofE) winning the treble in 1999/2000 season beating Arsenal in all three competitions’.
Mk Wanderers Boys U15’s winning the League Cup at MK Dons stadium
What do you like doing in your spare time: I enjoying reading, coaching the men’s team and going to see Millwall play.
Why is Mash Up so important: The programme enables young people an opportunity to enjoy football, at their own pace, using small sided games, which are themed to help develop techniques. The sessions are low cost and give an outlet for 14 – 17 year olds to express themselves with their friends.
JOHN PRINCE - FA Vauxhall Youth Officer, North and Yorkshire Region
How did you get into football/coaching? Gary Lineker. I remember watching him score goals for England and trying to replicate them at school. I got into coaching after attending a Level One football coaching course. I enjoyed it so much I was inspired to learn more.
What’s your career highlight to date? I was fortunate to go to Canada for seven weeks to coach on behalf of Celtic FC.
What’s your best football tip? Listen to your coach. Encourage your team mates.Try your best
What’s your favourite sporting memory? Being at the old Wembley Stadium to see Blackburn Rovers win the play-off final, and get promoted to the Premier League.
When you’re not working you are...? Playing, watching or thinking about football! Outside of football, I enjoy reading and going to the gym.
MATT CRADDOCK - FA Vauxhall youth Officer, North West Region
Which region do you look after: North & Yorkshire
Which football team do you support: Blackburn Rovers
Who is your all time favourite football player and why: Alan Shearer, my school boy hero – a real life ‘Roy of the Rovers.’
Who is your favourite England Player and why: Scott Parker. I admire his competitiveness, his professionalism and the determination he has shown to break into the England team, late in his career.
What’s your most memorable sporting moment: It is hard to look past the recent London 2012 Olympics, especially that Saturday night when Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah won their first gold medals. Their ability to perform when it matter, after years of preparation, was immense.
How did you get into football/coaching: I was inspired to get into coaching by my Level One tutor.
What do you enjoy most about coaching: I enjoy all aspects of coaching – including preparing, leading and reflecting upon sessions. I love seeing players enjoying playing football, as a result of a practice that I have set up. And I love working outside!
What is your career highlight: Being offered the opportunity to work for The FA. It is a real privilege.
What do you like doing in your spare time: Going to the gym, reading and either playing or watching football!
Why is Mash Up so important: It’s vital that we keep teenagers active and leading healthy lifestyles both on a personal level and for society in general. As a national governing body we have a responsibility to develop football at all levels. The Football Mash-Up provides an environment that seeks to inspire teenagers to keep playing football. With some extra support we hope to help them develop a football habit for life, so that they will want to continue their participation both now and in the future.
STEPHEN HEALY - FA Vauxhall Youth Officer, East Midlands Region
Which region do you look after: East Midlands
Which football team do you support: The mighty Liverpool FC ‘YNWA’
Who is your all time favourite football player and why: Andres Iniesta because of his movement off the ball and creativity in and around a penalty box is breathtaking and brutal against opponents. I learn something new from him every time I watch him play.
Who is your favourite England Player and why: Steven Gerrard, as although he has not always produced the performances, he has been a true professional and role model displaying a fantastic attitude to play where ever needed for his country and giving 110% every time. As a coach/manager, you could not ask for anymore from a player.
What’s your most memorable sporting moment: Playing in a tournament in France with my Grassroots club at U16’s and playing against PSG in the QF’s and beating them 1-0. We eventually made it to the final but unfortunately lost.
How did you get into football/coaching: I got into football through playing with my dad and brother and was hooked the moment I tried it. I developed a passion for coaching through my Grassroots coach with passing on my passion and knowledge for the game as he did with us
What do you enjoy most about coaching: Passing on knowledge and passion for the beautiful game with it being fun, inspiring and creative.
What is your career highlight: Career highlight would be working with very talented female players, some of whom have now gone on to play on the international scene. Also assisting in organising a successful Charter Standard festival at a local County FA where we had Sir Geoff Hurst and Eric Harrison visit.
What do you like doing in your spare time: I still like to coach, play and watch football when I have free time. I also have a real interest in golf and keeping fit and healthy in the gym. I enjoy going to concerts and festivals. Most of all, I really enjoy spending quality time with the wife, family and friends.
Why is Mash Up so important: Football Mash Up is important as we need to try and address the alarming issue of the drop out and understand why. We need to try and re-create positive experiences of the beautiful game and rekindle players passion and interest for it
MATT JONES - FA Vauxhall Youth Officer, West Midlands Region
Name: Matt Jones
Which region do you look after: West Midlands (where it is occasionally sunny!)
Which football team do you support: The Mighty Red Devils
Who is your all time favourite football player and why: In the early years of UNITED FEVER it was ‘Andrei Kanchelskis’ because he was the winger who played with no fear, executed great attacking instinct and tormented defenders.
...but then came the ‘David Beckham’ era. He who ironically filled the vacancy on the right wing at Old Trafford following Andrei’s departure. Why Becks? His ability to pull a goal from nowhere, deliver a pinpoint cross, pick out a single pass that pulled teams apart. Plus his tireless work ethic; second to none.
Who is your favourite England Player and why; ‘DB’ - Pride, passion and precision – enough said.
What’s your most memorable sporting moment: Euro ‘96’, a tournament filled with memories! From Gazza’s Goal (vs Scotland) to Psycho’s Penalty (vs Spain) as well as Shearer and Sheringham’s Double Act (vs Holland). So near but yet so far; in 3 Lions we trust.
This memory is on par with United’s treble winning season (98-99), although Mo Farah’s 5km run at London 2012 was spectacular, especially the last 600m – mesmerised I was.
How did you get into football/coaching: Having fallen in love with the game as a youngster I decided to pursue a degree within sport, studying at the University of Worcester. During my studies I spent time volunteering as a young leader with a local club whilst also working abroad in the USA as a soccer coach. After successfully graduating I worked full-time as a Community Sports Coach (multi-skills) before taking a role with the Worcestershire Football Association, where I fulfilled the position of Football Development Officer for 6 years. The rest, as they say, is history...
What do you enjoy most about coaching: Helping players to; enjoy the game, grow an appreciation for the sport and develop. I thrive on challenging players to think for themselves whilst filling in any ‘gaps-in-knowledge’ with a bit of guidance.
What is your career highlight: As a player, I had the privilege to attend the first ever David Beckham Soccer Academy in the summer of 2000 (when blonde highlights and curtain-style hair were all the rage!).
As a coach, my career highlight would be that I co-ordinated and delivered a countywide Boys Player Development Centre, which ran over a 4-year period, during my time at the Worcestershire FA. This saw over 300 grassroorts youth players participate in a comprehensive coaching programme, some of whom moved onwards & upwards as a result.
What do you like doing in your spare time: I like to practice what I preach and PING a football around. Just recently I part took in my debut triathlon, something which has become a new hobby. Also, I enjoy a bit of travelling (seeing the world) as well as cutting shapes on the dance floor! Spending time with friends and 'la familia' are high on my agenda too!
Why is Football ‘Mash Up’ so important: It provides an opportunity to any teenager that wants to experience the game whether they be a newcomer, returner or someone considering leaving a more traditional format – Football ‘Mash Up’ welcomes you all! It’s like a face lift for football; plenty of small-sided games with challenges thrown in. Fill your boots. Get involved.
MATT CRADDOCK - FA Vauxhall Youth Officer, North West Region
Name: Matt Craddock
Which region do you look after: North West
Which football team do you support: Blackpool
Who is your all time favourite football player and why: Eric Cantona – Creativity, Class and Confidence
Who is your favourite England Player and why: Currently, I would go for Kyle Walker: Skilful, Positive, Retains Possession, and has an Engine on him. All time: would have to go for Jimmy Armfield – only ever played for one club (Blackpool!) and is a true gentleman, a superb role model for any aspiring young player.
What’s your most memorable sporting moment: Blackpool being promoted to the Premier League was a personal highlight. However the most memorable match was the El Classico 2010, Barcelona 5-0 Real Madrid – some of the best football I have ever seen!
How did you get into football/coaching: I played football from when I could walk and haven’t stopped since! My coaching career started with me as a Young Leader in Blackpool Football in the Community. From there, I coached Blackpool Girls, an Adults Reserve team and then took a role in a centre of excellence. I also coached in schools for 4 years before being lucky enough to take this role with the FA.
What do you enjoy most about coaching: Working with young players, watching players be challenged and be creative, using football to develop people, to mention but a few – but most of all the laugh!
What is your career highlight: I have had many good times and been lucky enough to work with some great people – but joining the team at the FA would be my highlight......so far.
What do you like doing in your spare time: If I get some spare time – I will be playing football, watching football or in the gym. Most of the time I spend with my family!
Why is Football Mash Up so important: For me, Football Mash Up offers an opportunity for anyone to come and play together. It doesn’t matter what experience you have, who you are, or what’s going on off of the pitch – at the Mash Up it stays at the door and we just play! It has something for everyone.
NATHANIEL WHITE - FA Vauxhall Youth Officer, South East Region
Name: Nathaniel White
Which region do you look after: South East
Which football team do you support: Liverpool FC
Who is your all time favourite football player and why: Steven Gerrard; He seems to be able to do just about everything, tackle, head, shoot, pass, cross.
Who is your favourite England Player and why: Alan Shearer was my favourite England player. Will never forget his volley against Portugal & his strike against Holland.
What’s your most memorable sporting moment: 2005 champion’s league cup final
How did you get into football/coaching: Left school & played in the Denbigh Youth Academy where I played under an incredible coach who inspired me to get into coaching.
What do you enjoy most about coaching: Working with kids helping them to realise & achieve their potential whilst having as much fun as possible.
What is your career highlight: My first ever goal for my school team, probably had more impressive career highlights but that one is the one that felt the best.
What do you like doing in your spare time: Studying sociology, behavioural science & brain development. I enjoy studying about all the things that make up a person
Why is Football Mash Up so important: Because it gives the platform for kids to really enjoy football & rediscover their passion & love for the game.