Right from the very start of my involvement with Biggleswade United, the importance of coaching – as much in life as in football – has always been our mantra, our raison d’etre.
Our dream is, has always been, will always be, to build an organisation that can, through football, help to make the community that it is so proud to represent a better place by helping to shape the future of those people who belong to it and will hopefully contribute to it in the future.
Our choice of learning is football, but in reality, it could be anything; any other sport, music, drama or any pastime, hobby or passion that can help light the fire in today’s youngsters as they march along the sometimes rocky road towards adulthood.
The dream is to create an infrastructure comprising fine football teams from top to bottom but only if along the way we can help to build even finer people, and to bring the very best out of those in your charge you need to provide them with the very best coaches and facilities that you can.
And we need everyone to realise that the provision of such – in whatever field – is not an expense, it’s an investment.
To that aim we continue to look for those people to work with us at Biggleswade United that are eager to learn how they can make a difference via the art and science – and trust me, it is both – of football coaching.
In football coaching terms, Jesus Perez is about as good as you get. The assistant manager to Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur he previously worked alongside Mauricio at both Southampton and RCD Espanyol and is a vital part of the Spurs coaching staff.
He made his name as a coach in Spain, his homeland, taking on a variety of coaching roles at clubs including Gimnàstic de Tarragona, CD Castellón, Real Murcia, Pontevedra CF, Rayo Vallecano and UD Almería, also spending a season on the staff of Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad after a brief spell as a fitness coach with the Saudi Arabian national team in 2005.
I will be speaking to Jesus about his life in football coaching, the extraordinary transitions that he has overseen at Spurs, his life in the UK and all things football and coaching related in a special night at Osinsky’s in Hitchin on April 18.
Tickets priced at £15 are selling fast although there are still some available from the venue on 01462 451441. Jesus has kindly agreed to appear on a pro bono basis and all profits from the evening will go to club funds.
For any current or aspiring coaches, it promises to be an unmissable masterclass.
Last weekend, victory against London Colney, coupled with Biggleswade FC’s surprise home defeat to Colney Heath means that for the time being, we have leap-frogged our town neighbours into third place in the table, although they do have three games in hand.
With just six games left to play we need to fight for every point and hope that our main rivals stumble on the finishing strait. One thing’s for certain; we will be battling right until the very final whistle of what has been our most successful season ever, starting tomorrow (Sat) when we visit Cockfosters (KO: 3pm).
See you there