How to become a football coach: Bryan's story

Meet Bryan, 25, from London. Find out about his life as the head of Reaching Higher Football Academy. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

I've always been a passionate football fan, but I never thought a career in football was a possibility.

  • When Bryan was at college, he wanted to pursue a career in IT. Jobs in IT involve setting up and managing computer software and devices for businesses
  • He decided to study IT at university but lost his confidence when he graduated with a lower grade than he had hoped
  • Bryan was the captain of the Afro-Caribbean society's football team at university and it was this experience that led him to being offered his job.

Bryan's career path

Bryan's career path

What to expect if you want to be a football coach

Bryan is the head of a football academy but professional football coaches can work with amateurs right up to elite players in top football leagues.

The salary and working hours can vary, but at every level you can expect to work outside, in all seasons, usually in the evenings and at weekends.

  • Football coach salary: £14,000 to £250,000 per year
  • Football coach working hours: Variable per week
  • Typical entry requirements: You’ll usually need to take The FA Emergency Aid in Football (EA) course. If you want to work as a football coach in the community, you could get into this job through an apprenticeship. To coach children or vulnerable adults, you must pass a background check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). For professional coaching, you'll need coaching qualifications from The Football Association (FA).

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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