Lee Gregory has called the Northern Beaches home for the past 18 years, after growing up in the UK.
“Growing up I always played and was only ever interested in football. Being from Liverpool, the only sport that mattered was football and the only question was whether you were a ‘red’ or a ‘blue’ supporter. I started going to watch Liverpool at age 9 and it’s been football ever since!”
In Lee’s case, although he played for Collaroy Cromer Strikers from 2005 until 2018, he always had an interest in coaching, but work commitments meant it wasn’t possible until recent years. He eventually got to start coaching in 2019 and began with his son’s U9 team.
Not having any experience or background in coaching he began attending MWFA coaching courses, completing the Skill Training and Game Training Certificates.
“The courses made me realise what’s available for grassroots coaches to better themselves and how much I didn’t know about coaching, and actually the game of football! These courses were just the start of the learning to be done.”
After seeing the benefit of developing himself as a coach, Lee decided to apply for the Future Coaches Program in 2021.
“The Future Coaches Program was quite a big commitment, but the constant emphasis on seeing how high we could set our standards was superb. It was great to be challenged, hear different ideas and be exposed to new content. Meeting fellow coaches who were all facing the same challenges and who also wanted to improve and be the best they could be was excellent. It was a great step forward.”
Lee is now enjoying putting into practice the things he learnt from the Future Coaches Program and is aiming to eventually take the C-License coaching course as he continues his learning.
MWFA is looking forward to seeing Lee continue to grow as a coach throughout his football journey.
Look out for more articles on other MWFA Future Coaches over the coming months.