Get to Know the Coach is back! We feel that it is important for parents to know a little bit about the coaches that the children come in contact with. This week, our focus is on our very own Jon Green!
Your Name: Jon Green
Your Age: 32
Where are you from? Born in Ashton, grew up in Chester, now live in Stockport.
Your job title: Events Co-ordinator & Head Coach.
Main centres you are based at: Term time I’m at St Anne’s Primary, weekends I’m at Wright Robinson with our u12s teams, and Holiday Courses I’m at Platt Lane and Altrincham.
How long have you been coaching? Very on and off for 10 years! Full time for the last 2 years.
Why did you become a sports coach? After completing a sports management degree I ended up working as an Operations Manager for an online retailer for 8 years. I always wanted to work in the football and sports industry, so embarked on a career change (it’s never too late!) and relocated to start working for LSC. I always wanted my work life to be fun, to work as part of a good team and if I’m around football then I’m always going to be happy!
Your favourite moment/feeling as a coach? It is genuinely rewarding when you’re able to help teach a new skill or technique to someone. I also get a really good feeling planning and organising a session or event, and then having the challenge of making it happen and seeing it through.
What is the best advice you have ever received? Less is more. Sometimes I think the most effective sessions and approaches to coaching can come from keeping things simple and clear. I think children just want to play, and whilst they wouldn’t admit it they like to learn! So being able to create a fun environment where they pick things up through trying and doing is ideal. That, and pick your battles!!
What achievement are you most proud of? I was proud of my hard work to grow into a management position in my previous job. I was really happy to complete coaching badges and courses, and my progress over the last couple of years. But relocating and changing careers might have been the biggest challenge, so I’m proud of going for it and my progress so far.
Your favourite meal? Finally, an important question. I’m a big meat eater so roast dinners have got to be up there. Or a fillet steak with sweet potato fries and fried asparagus, medium rare please.
What do you do in your spare time? I play as much football as my knees can cope with, I like going climbing (mostly indoors), but mostly seem to be travelling all over the country to see friends and family.
Finally, why should parents use LSC? I think parents might be surprised about just how much everyone at LSC cares about their job. There is an unbelievable amount of hard work going into providing the best service, and a really healthy competition for staff to perform to the best of their ability. As a business being involved with so many different customers and clients, as well as a large number of staff working remotely, we are very forward looking. The services we provide and processes are always improving and changing to become slicker and better.