Scarborough Athletic’s joint manager Bryan Hughes has spoken of the importance of coaching education after becoming the latest beneficiary of the EVO-STIK NPL’s Coaching Development Fund,
The NPL’s successful bursary scheme is part-funded by the Football Association to pick up 50 per cent of the costs of earning FA and UEFA coaching badges. Hughes is the sixth coach to have already taken advantage of the funding so far this season as part of the EVO-STIK NPL’s on-going drive to raise standards of excellence.
The Seadogs joint-manager is pictured being presented with a cheque for £300 by EVO-STIK NPL development officer Mark Ogley prior to his side’s home game against Warrington Town in January.
Hughes said: “I’m really grateful to the Coaching Development Fund for the help it provided towards the cost of my UEFA B course.
“The more coaches we can get with the right qualifications to develop the skills of players from grassroots football through to semi-professional sides the better.
“I’d also like to thank club secretary Sally Elwick for helping with my application to allow me to benefit from the fund.”
Former Birmingham City and Charlton midfielder Hughes was appointed as assistant manager to former Athletic boss Rudy Funk back in April 2014 before taking the reins as joint-manager alongside Paul Foot in December.
Hughes follows in the footsteps of Warrington Town’s assistant manager Lee Smith, Stafford Rangers manager Neil Kitching, Mickleover Sports physio and coach Dave Hoole, Stourbridge’s Steve Fellows and Leek Town’s Darren Baker who collected their bursary awards over the first half of the campaign.
Candidates have up to three years to complete their courses at a variety of venues
EVO-STIK NPL’s development officer Ogley said: “I was delighted to be able to present the bursary cheque to Bryan.
“Bryan’s thoughts of how he wants to develop players at semi professional level through his own experiences and quality FA coach education will benefit the players who will get to work with him for many years to come.
“This will consequently improve player standards within the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League which is .”
More information on the FA Level 2 courses can be accessed through local County FAs with information also on available on the FA Learning website.
Source: Dave Watters