Parental Involvement: Interview Series

The series will involve identifying and selecting youth soccer coaches from around the world with an array of qualifications and experiences. Allowing coaches to share their insights surrounding parental involvement within youth sports.



Jan Alm – Head of player/trainer development at one of Sweden’s biggest youth clubs

Jason Edwards – Head Coach for FC Pittsburgh 2002 and 2001 Squad,& 2nd Assistant at Point Park University.

 Scott Sellars  – Wolves FC U21 Head Coach

Sion Eifion Jones – U19 Head Coach at Porthmadog & Performance Analyst Intern with Man City FC Academy

Pat Hedges  – Football Queensland Regional Development Officer  & FFA Coach Educator

 John O’Sullivan – Founder and CEO of Changing The Game Project

Helen Lorraine Nkwocha –  Founder of Immersed In The Game

 Lee Butler – Essex County FA Grassroots Coach of the Year 2012

 Part 1 – Bill Courtney / Part 2 – Bill Courtney – Founder and CEO at American Hardwoods, American Football Coach, Speaker & Author

 Chris Thomas – Founder and Director of Football for Humanity and the Vice President and Director of the Football Council of Naga (FCN) in the Philippines

 Part 1 – Sean Doyle  /  Part 2 – Sean Doyle –  Grassroots Coach at Cootehill Harps AFC, Assistant-Coach with C.M.U.L Emerging Talent Programme & Performance Academy Coach with Coerver Coaching

Mark O’Sullivan – Stockholm district Coach Educator for Swedish FA & Head of Education at Stockholm club Älvsjö AIK.

Fran Alonso – Everton FC First team Assistant Coach

Dr.Richard Bailey – Academic qualifications in physical education, philosophy and psychiatry.

Martin Longworth –  Cardiff Met FC First Team Assistant Coach & Academy Director, Sports Coaching Doctoral Student. Additionally a Sports Coaching Doctoral Student, FAW/UEFA A Youth Licence.

Johan Fallby – F.C. Copenhagen – sport psychologist with a cognitive behavioural therapy approach working and frequently hired by the Swedish Olympic Committee, the Swedish Sport Federation and other NGBs.

Kristoffer Lie – MSc Sports Coaching Candidate – UEFA A Licence candidate, former PE Teacher, academy coach for Norwegian premiership side Lillestrøm SK and the Norwegian FA working closely with U14 – U16.

Andres Giske – Founder: Giske DefendingUEFA A License Coach38 Caps for Norway, Ex-Prof  Bayer 04 Leverkusen, FC Cologne, FC Nürnberg among other clubs.

Andy Edwards – UEFA B candidate, 8 years coaching experience all ages from 5-16 in grassroots clubs, schools and development centres. FA Level 1, Level 2, Youth Award (assessed), Futsal Level 1, Coerver Youth Diploma 1 and 2.

Gordon MacLelland Part 1 /  Gordon MacLelland Part 2 – CEO: Working with Parents in Sport, qualified teacher and have been a Director of Sport, 20 years of coaching experience.

James Parry, coaching for 9 years, 3 years full time. UEFA B Licence Holder, Coerver Youth Diploma Holder, FA Level 2 In Talent ID, USW MSc Sports Coaching. Currently Llandudno Schools & Community Co-Ordinator and Academy Head Coach.

 Juan Gonzalez Mendia, BA, MSc, PGCE, Ph.D. Student. Playing experience: Argentina Schools at U16 and U18. Coaching Qualifications: RFU Level 3 UKCC and World Rugby Level 3

Alfie Tate, 17 years old football coach and living in Cambridgeshire. FA Level 2 Qualified and have been coaching for the past 4 years working with age groups from U5’s all the way through to U18’s.

Amy McDonald, Head coach Rangers WFC & Scottish FA under 15 assistant coach. UEFA A license holder.

Michel Ribeiro, Technical coach at Sporting Kansas City, 14 years technical coach at KRC Genk. Ex-professional player playing 10 years in Belgium and Holland.

Colton Bryant, Head College Coach, Assistant NWSL Coach, Owner of soccer academy (– @PFDAofficial)

Laurie McGinley, Football Development Officer at @GlasgowGirlsFC  & Head Coach of the Senior Development Team

Gérard Jones, MSc, PGCE, DOC& Player Development at John Jay FC in Katonah-Lewisboro, New York. Responsible for Staff Development in Connecticut and New York for UK Elite Soccer. Other: Business Owner, Author, Public Speaker, Coach Educator, Teacher

Ross Struel – Clarke, FAW UEFA B Licence as well as Youth Modules 1, 2 and 3 & MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism. Coached in countries such as UK, USA and China.

More interviews with some fantastic coaches coming soon…

Thank you

The Sporting Influencer