Jamie on course for success
LEGGETT was a solid performer for Bromley’s under eighteen side in the M.U.S.H.
Kent Youth League last season, writes Stephen McCartney.
eighteen-year-old is currently in America on a coaching course, which he hopes
will improve his chances for success with the Ryman League Division One outfit
in the near future.
who lives in Abbey Wood, played for local clubs Abbey Boys, Welling Allstars,
Teviot Rangers and Hawkesfield before he helped Thamesmead Town win the Bexley
League A Division under current Bromley youth team secretary Dave Cairns, before
moving with Cairns and most of the team to Bromley, where he has spent the last
a new reserve team at Bromley put in place for next season, Leggettt, whose best
position is central defence or sweeper, aims to be a key member for the second
string and push for a place in the first team squad, for a club he has a big
explains how he learnt about the coaching courses in America.
said: “I applied for the course
through Challenger Sports. I went
to Brunel College for an interview and I put on one session to see if I was good
enough to go to America with the other coaches.
I went to Coventry at the beginning of May for a training weekend and
then flew out to Dallas airport on the 5th June.”
was told last year by his college, London Leisure College, that he had to wait a
year before qualifying.
is looking forward to meeting new people from around the world and seeing other
coaches from the UK, learning different coaching techniques and of course, he is
enjoying the American weather.
added: “The course is all over Texas and I will be going each week and moving
around Texas coaching different kids and staying with different families.
Sports are a big company out in America running camps for kids.
all there are 450 coaches from all over the UK coaching in different states in
America.” He said.
2000 people applied and I am delighted to be one of the 450 coaches that were
who wears his heart on his sleeve and plays with the same passion for his team
as former England legend Stuart Pearce, returns to England on the 8th
or 9th of August, where he hopes to get down to business and fight
for a place in Bromley’s new reserve team.
a manager of the club’s second string has yet been appointed, the passionate
player will be trying to impress the boss and knock on the door of first team
manager Stuart McIntyre’s for a place in the first team squad as the club push
for a long awaited promotion spot back into the Ryman Premier Division.
admitted: “I applied for a job at Charlton Coaching scheme before I went away
and I spoke to the person in charge and he said to get back to him when I
told me I have an interview for sure when I get back to England because I have
already worked on the Charlton Scheme on a voluntary basis for two weeks with
two well known people in Kent football, including Jamie Day, who has just signed
for Paul Parker’s Welling United from Dover Athletic.
also worked for the Goals Community Scheme, which is run by Steve Kinchin, a
Bromley youth team coach.
season I worked with most of the youth teams at Bromley and I
hope to do this again this season. I
also go back to college to complete my
level two in football coaching (FA).”
feels, with his coaching skills, he will be putting out all the stops to
continue playing for a club he has a big affection for as he aims to add to his
one unused substitute appearance for the club’s first team, which was a Kent
Senior Cup tie against Tonbridge Angels last season.
his time in the youth team ranks at Bromley he has seen many good youngsters
leave the club.
said: “After three seasons at Bromley, I have seen the ups and downs and
comings and going of several players including Edwin Mante, Nigel Pearce, Jon
Paine, Danny Pearce and Steve Tapper to name a few.”
admitted: “I believe I have started to love this club more than any other I
have played for, and that is hard to say after the championship winning season I
had at Thamesmead Town before I moved to Bromley.
that is in the past now, and I want to play for Bromley Football Club and wear
the badge with heart as I believe I did last season.”
season was a transition time for manager Derek Parnham and his side, but results
improved in the second part of the season, but there are several players,
including Leggett, who are good enough to make a name for themselves in the
reserve team next term.
insisted: “I would like to stay at Bromley, as long as the reserve team
manager wants me.
will try my best to prove I can play in this side and I will also be trying to
put myself in Stuart McIntyre’s mind and give him back up if needed, to play
at centre back or sweeper, as I believe this is my best position.”
other footballers, Leggett is thankful to many people for giving him support
during his career and his life.
said: “I have to say a big thank you to a lot of people as I’ve played under
many managers and coaches over the years, but I would like to thank my parents
for supporting me with what ever I do.”
also thanked Dave Cairns, Derek Parnham, Steve Kinchin and Trevor Cross.
praised: “Dave Cairns for the year we won the Bexley A Division and giving me
my first league title when I played for Thamesmead Town.”
probably the biggest thank you has got to go to Derek Parnham, Bromley’s under
eighteen manager last season.
added: “For what he has done for me in coaching and my football.
I am a better coach and player thanks to him and I also thank him for
helping me mentally and talking to me.
Kinchin gave me my first job on his scheme and lastly someone who is no longer
at Bromley – Trevor Cross - because
he was there to get me fit and I’ve taken that on board and that has helped me
who watched Bromley’s first team matches more than any other youth team player
last season, gave a message to the club’s fans.
said: “I’d like to wish all Bromley fans a good summer and hope next season
we go up.
ask them to come and watch the reserve team because they have some good players
– trust me!
if I am not at the club – if the reserve team manager doesn’t want me, I
wish them well, because the players are my mates and it’s been good playing
with them, but I hope to be back playing with them next season.”
however, has made good friends with fellow coach in America, twenty-one-year old
Scot, Steve McBirnie.
from Ayrshire, played for
season, the striker, played for Maybole Amateurs and has moved to Dailly
Amateurs in time for the new season.
said: “I have been doing sports coaching at college for the last three years
where I have coached various age groups from 8-15.
coached for the Scottish Football Association at the beginning of last summer
and have coached a local under twelve side.
am looking forward to meeting lots of new friends this summer, coaches, the kids
I coach or the families I stay with.
hope to gain valuable experience this summer and become an all round better
aims to take back his new skills to improve Scottish football, which has gone
into decline with many foreign imports in top flight football denying Scottish
youngsters making their name for themselves at top clubs north of the border.
joked: “Hopefully I will be able to take some new practices back home so I can
teach the future Scottish kids to actually win a game of football!”
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