Navigate the Football Academy System: The learning from an aspiring pro player through to a coach and now Academy Manager; Drive, determination and building trust; Overcoming setbacks; Leading your previous peers; Building an academy culture and what does ABC+WR, IDOCARE and CARE all mean. A conversation full of great take-aways!
In his very humble and articulate way Arran shares the ups and downs of his career and makes a solid reference to the positive impact of the late Eamonn Dolan had on his career. This is a great insight for any aspiring footballers and sport parents in to what it takes to navigate the Academy football system.
It is not often you also get an insight into the workings of a football academy and the key principles and foundations of what make it tick. Arran is really open and shares some really usable information.
Once again, this sport story gives you plenty to reflect on that could help you continue on the journey to being the best version of yourself. Enjoy!
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Success Quote or sayings:
- The harder I work the luckier I get
- Player wont care what you know until they know that you care
- Everyone in the boat moving in the same direction
Quick fire questions:
The books that you would recommend.
Technology I use often
Adobe fill and sign
Scan app on my mobile
How do I prepare to be the best version of myself…
Exercise and running in particularly
Support from a Mentor
In one sentence – What advice would you give to your teenage version of yourself?
Back yourself a bit more
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there
Worry less and back myself more
Who has made a big impact on you?
Eamonn Dolan (Best coach I have ever worked with)
Richard Hodgson (football advisor)
Whos’ Sport Story would you be really interested in hearing?
Coaching questions I would like to pose:
How do YOU show that you care so people care what you know?
If the harder you work the luckier you get then – how hard do you work and what do you need to do to get luckier?