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Jack Knight Coaching at Wideopen Football Club and in America

I've recently (2014) completed my fall contract coaching in the States and enjoyed every minute of my stay there! All the kids I coached were great, and it was fantastic to see the sport so enthusiastically played.

My coaching experience I gained at Wideopen Juniors has definitely helped me adapt to coaching abroad. Having spent a long time coaching young children, and enhancing my ability to put across technical and tactical information in the best possible way. It's great that a family run club like Wideopen allowed me, as one of its former players, to coach at the club from such a young age compared to many of the other coaches there at the time.

I spent Monday to Thursday coaching my 3/4th grade boys, 5/6th grade girls or 7/8th grade girls teams in New Canaan, CT. On a Friday I coached Kindergarten Kids in Darien, CT. On a Saturday I coached various age groups in the Hampton's, NY, and on a Sunday I coached a disabled group of players in West Islip, NY. 

The coaching is across such varying ages and ability levels, but this is made easy through the coaching curriculum which NOGA have produced for all the coaches to apply no matter which club they are coaching at. The coaching is particularly enjoyable because of the NOGA philosophy which believes in good football being played out from the back, in order to develop players as much as possible.

I love coaching my Wideopen U14 lads every Tuesday, but being able to coach everyday was fantastic! I wish that players in England had the same opportunity for more contact time with their coaches as the players do in the states, it would make all the difference at Grass roots level, and possibly right through the game for a lot of the better players. 

(NOGA: ‘No Other Game Around’ / NOGA has since become UK Elite Soccer)

Jack is a Level 2 coach and a qualified referee.

Jack successfully completed his National Soccer Coaches Association of America National Diploma in 2014 and his assessment paperwork is summarised with "Excellent Throughout".

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