Tish's Story

Young woman sitting down

Tish Burke, 23 from Manchester has scored a winner after getting her first paid football coaching role.

When Richard Phillips, a Talent Coach at Breakthrough UK first started working with Tish, she was helping out at her local football club for a bit of fun; she wanted to work as a coach but had no idea how to go about it.

A lot of the courses she found were classroom based, but due her dyspraxia, it was very challenging to sit still and write for long periods of time.

With Richard’s help Tish completed a course with Manchester City Foundation’s City in the Community. She was taught to manage groups of young people and take her own coaching sessions.

Richard then helped her apply for and get her first paid coaching role with A-Star Coaching, she’s now done several terms’ lunch time and after school activities and bought herself a car to get about.

Tish said: “I love it when I start a session and the kids run up to me. At the end of one particular session, one of the kids came up to me saying that Alex and me are the best coaches. You can’t beat that feeling.

“This first paid role has given me more experience, more responsibility and coaching experience in a wide variety of sports.”

Richard is now helping her with future plans, as Tish has been offered a place working on a UK Soccer coaching camp in the US. Greater Manchester Talent Match has been able to pay for her to get her passport processed, with a view to applying for her Visa.

Richard said: “Tish has really enjoyed her first paid role in coaching and has a bright outlook on the future, crediting both Talent Match and City in the Community with so much of this.”

Tish also received funding via Greater Manchester Talent Match to go on the Starfish Project Speech course, to get help with her stammer and speech.

Tish added: “I want to pursue a sporting career, particularly football coaching. One day I dream of having my own football academy and being a lead coach or working for a Premier League club.”

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