teamArchie’s began its work with a bursary programme to find inspirational young football coaches. James and Claire interviewed a shortlist of 29 applicants at Wembley Stadium.
Keon Richardson was awarded with the bursary to travel to China to coach football alongside the FA. Having completed the placement in the Summer of 2017, he has gone on to follow his passion for coaching football to partially sighted children. Keon is now the Disability Officer at the Palace for Life Foundation (Crystal Palace FC) and recently attended the Blind Football World Championships in Madrid. He has met with The Duke of Cambridge at a Premiere League skills event and won and award from the UN for his involvement in disability football. We are so proud of Keon's progress and hope to continue to support him in his inspiring work.
The five runners-up to Keon impressed the Trustees so much that teamArchie has supported their passion for football coaching by funding their next level of coaching qualifications. This is the UEFA B which is just one level below a professional coach.
Another runner up, Roya, is being supported by teamArchie to launch her business, "Miss Kicks" which focuses on football coaching specifically for 5 year olds girls. teamArchie have assigned Roya a mentor and together they have launched the business. Roya is working part time during her degree course with Leeds United.
teamArchie has also provided kit to the Bradford City U10 Girls Football Team. Now they look and feel the part which is essential!