As I sat and reflected on my journey within coaching as I often do, assessing myself, my wins & what I can do to be better, something dawned on me or came over me rather, I caught the vibe again.
As you know in 2015, Me and my four wheels went on an adventure to the FA’s national Football Futures camp where all the best young volunteers in the country gather for 4 days of leadership & coaching activites related some way or other to football.
Now please bare with me this is an impulsive blog post and I just felt inspired so i need to get this energy out there.
Being involved within football for the last 4 years one thing has become more apparent as days go on your influence as a coach/referee/ volunteer is VERY VERY powerful and at all times you must make sure you send out the right vibe at ALL times.
But trust me the vibes you catch in those 4 days at camp is surreal. So many young people come together and build bonds, relationships & share ideas & experiences it’s mad.
I used to laugh at all those people that used words like ’empower’ & ‘inspire’ but TRUST ME I came away after camp and nothing made more sense to me than that moment when the penny dropped.
Ahhh just writing about this sends me smiling like crazy.
I came into this fixated on just “coaching” but even the degree i’m studying has opened my eyes just how much can be done with this sport.
It’s hard to explain but the vibe you get off everyone from ourself’s as volunteers to the workshop leaders/ camp mentors you feel the magic IN YOUR BONES.
You feel, happiness, fullfillment, empowered, inspired & motivated. As if you could conquer the world ten times over. Your brain whirs at 100 miles per hour. You come away ready and focused. I never knew what real happiness was until that experience in my life.
This is more than just trying to find pathways into elite football. I don’t even want that. what matters to me more is the groundwork, the foundations. How I can impact people & inspire them.
We do this because we love it really deep rooted love drive and passion.
Be the influence feel the influence. And LEAD.
Moments need to be embraced it’s the journey that makes the memories.
Wake up everyday and think how can i make the world smile today.
Use your influence for good that light inside you let it drive you and take you forward.
That light is the vibe I caught the vibe that anyone who attended football futures camp/academy caught.
Dreams are a glimpse of what your reality can be.