Burnley FC in the Community Harry Pate’s journey to becoming a Disability Development Coach has come full circle and is a case of the student becoming the teacher!
Harry was a player on the Shadow Youth Team 2016/17 cohort, an elite programme from Burnley FC in the Community and Nelson and Colne College that offers talented young players between the ages of 16 and 18 the chance to combine academic studies with practical football experience.
At the beginning of his second year on the course during his time training and completing a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport, Harry started working as a casual coach with Burnley FC in the Community. Working across different programmes including Premier League KICKS, Soccer Schools and the charity’s Disability Sport provision this experience gave Harry an insight into the wide range of opportunities available with Burnley FC in the Community and encouraged him to think about his future career progression.
With his time on the Shadow Youth Team nearing the end Harry applied for a full-time position of Disability Development Coach. With the skills and knowledge gained from his time on the Shadow Youth Team and his casual coaching experience he was successful and started the role on the 12th June 2017.
Harry has enjoyed a successful time at Burnley FC, he completed the Shadow Youth Team programme achieving a triple distinction star, which is the equivalent of three A*’s and celebrated at the recent Shadow Youth Team Awards night held at Turf Moor. The awards night was a celebration of the 2016/17 Shadow Youth Team players, with plenty of prizes and success stories enjoyed on the night. Harry did fantastically well on the evening taking home two awards, Academic Student of the year and the Highest Academic award.
Harry said: “I would definitely recommend the Shadow Youth Team programme, I really enjoyed my time on the course. By getting the job at Burnley FC in the Community it shows what you can achieve if you work hard.”
“My time casual coaching with Burnley FC in the Community and getting experience of the different programmes helped me to decide that I wanted to join the team and coach full-time. I would like to say a big thank you to all the coaches and the staff at Nelson and Colne College for providing me with the opportunity. I’m really excited about the future, it’s a fairy-tale ending to the two years!”
Burnley FC Shadow Youth Team Head Coach, Chris Andrews said: “Harry has been a great example for future Shadow Youth Team players to follow. He has given everything to the programme during the past two years and as result of his hard work he has played in fixtures at professional football stadiums, training grounds and was also part of our playing squad who flew out to Spain for an end of season training camp.”
“Harry’s enthusiasm, attitude, willingness to learn and passion for the game has really helped him to develop his coaching skills, and ultimately secure his first full time coaching job. I know that he will be an asset to the club and will play a key role in building on what is already a fantastic disability programme.”
Burnley FC in the Community Disability Development Officer, Lewis Rimmer said: “It’s great to have Harry as a full-time member of the Disability Development team. He has worked on The Danny Ings Disability Sport project for several months, and something that has become apparent is his fantastic attitude towards doing great things within Burnley and its wider communities. It is refreshing to see such a young person have so much potential and self-confidence, but at the same time be so mature. These attributes will surely ensure that Harry is a valued member of the Burnley FC in the Community team for years to come!”
To find out more information about Burnley FC’s Shadow Youth Team please contact Head Coach Chris Andrews on email@example.com or 01282 704716.