Meet the Coach: Harry Hall

Name: Harry Hall

Age: 19

From: Bradford, West Yorkshire

Job: Yoogali Soccer Club women’s coach and Griffith under-11s coach (New South Wales, Australia).

Playing career: I played academy football for Bradford City and Leeds United, but I got perthes disease (which affects the hip) and had to take four years out of the game. In 2012 I started futsal with Leeds United, and we won the Football League’s FLT Futsal championship.

In February 2015 I was offered a contract playing for Yoogali Soccer Club in Australia as a striker. My first year has been reasonable, but I feel my coaching will go a lot further than my playing.��

Why did you start coaching abroad: I moved to Griffith in February 2015, and took up the position with Yoogali women’s team. The team had a bad start to pre-season – the coach fell out with several players and walked out. I had a squad of eight players for my first training session.

After building a squad of 18 players, with the majority under 16, I was tasked with trying to win the league. After a great season, with an amazing team, we have managed to win the league by ten points – P16, W11, D3, L2.

My other team was a representative under-11 team for the small town of Griffith. I had 37 players turn up for trials, and had to pick a squad of 14 players. The players improved dramatically through the year – they recently played against some top academy sides in Sydney and held��their own.

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Previous jobs: West Ham United international academy, Winpenny Soccer School (Mexico City, Mexico), Bradford Park Avenue juniors.

In August 2014, I was given the opportunity to coach for West Ham United’s academy in Mexico City, as well as their two feeder schools within the city. At Winpenny I coached teams from under-6 to under-12. I taught them the foundations of football, but also skills that made them stand out ��� stepovers, Maradona turns, and so on.

Competition is a huge aspect of coaching in Mexico City, with parents and bosses treating games as if they were major finals. It put a ridiculous amount of pressure onto the coaching. I eventually quit after four months as I felt the boss was solely motivated by money rather than players’ development. I once had  to coa


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