As seen in the BIRMINGHAM MAIL on March 11th 2010
Local Heroes: Having a ball with ex-pro football star
MIDLAND footballer Richard Walker knows what it is like to ‘live the dream’.
For ten years, the Stafford-born defender earned his living playing professional football until a knee injury ended his career.
Rather than turn his back on the game, the 29-year-old has now vowed to help inspire Birmingham youngsters to reach their own goals.
His company Inspired Coaching has just been awarded a contract to bring football to Birchfield and Lozells and help influence under-privileged children who see sport as their future.
Just a quick thank you for the great time that Russarne & Sam had when they were with you over the half term holidays. They were keen & eager to get to you each day & I’m glad to say they did not stop talking about the fun that they had. Im also grateful cos they were both shattered when they got back too.
Carl Krupinski, Parent from one of our holiday courses.
Sport Across Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent have supported and worked with Inspired Coaching since October 2011. Inspired Coaching were keen to develop their understanding of disability so they could provide a more inclusive environment within their sessions. They embraced several courses and jumped on the opportunity to become involved with the running of our Inspire Multi Sport Club in South Staffordshire. Since they took this on board they have worked with a range of disabilities and have developed skills to make their sessions inclusive and enjoyable. They have shown a professional approach to the club and are consistently looking at developing their coaches.
Mark Fosbrook, Aiming High: Disability Sport & Physical Activity Officer, Sport Across Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent, Stafford Borough Council
Inspired Coaching have been working closely with Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police to deliver a first class multi – activity course programme in the Birchfield area of Birmingham for children aged from 5 to 13 years old.
Every Tuesday afternoon after school since April 2010 they have engaged with 60 plus children in a variety of activities including football, cricket, netball, dodgeball, basketball. dance, hockey, rounders and boxing. It’s wonderful to see how the youngsters have grown in confidence over the weeks.
Inspired Coaching offers young people the opportunity to develop relationships between one another, learn about team work and fairness in a safe and nurturing environment.
Inspired Coaching are a team of professionals dedicated to delivering the highest standards of sporting, dance and drama activities and are truly ‘inspirational’ role models for the young people that they work with.
Yvonne Wager, Birmingham City Council – Birchfield Neighbourhood Manager
Inspired Coaching has been coaching football at our school since the beginning of this school year. Richard and his team always arrives with plenty of time to set up and he ensures he has enough equipment so that all the children are engaged.
Inspired Coaching runs two coaching sessions one for KS1 children and another for KS2, the children thoroughly enjoy his sessions. The coaches have built up an excellent rapport with our children and as a result he does not have any behavior management issues.
The whole Inspired team have shown respect for health and safety by ensuring the playing areas are risk free wherever possible. Richard takes safeguarding very seriously and has ensured that children are not left alone with other adults.
Here are some of the words of praise our children have for Richard:
“It’s really good.” Y2 boy
“I love kicking the ball.” Y1 girl
“It’s really energetic and fun, you get to play lots of games.” Y3 girl
I would strongly recommend Inspired Coaching to coach in school.
Mrs J Grundy, St Michaels First School Penkridge
I have found the coaches supplied by Inspired Coaching to be skilled and very competent. They are well resourced and organised and very punctual. Communication between coaches and pupils is effective and professional. I would have no hesitation in recommending Richard Walker and Inspired Coaching to anyone.
Mrs K Thwaites PE Coordinator, St.Mary’s First School Wheaton Aston
My son Callum attended Inspired Coaching football sessions. He thoroughly enjoyed these and developed his football skills and confidence to the extent that he is now at a premiership football pre-academy. Thanks Inspired
Jodie Carter (parent)
Thank you very very much for last Saturday(17th July 2010), it was the best training sesion the kids have ever had. They all want you to become their fulltime coach they said you and your training sesion was BRILL, GREAT, BEST, SAFE just a few of the remarks that were said, I have even had a parent phone me offering to pay for one sesion for the boys as his son has reported back to him how good it was. So from this and the response, you have made a massive impact on a little team and management from Perton.
Once again a BIG thanks, I look forward to seeing you September.
Darren Guest- Manager Perton&Codsall U13′s.
Inspired Coaching run a very successful after school Football Club on two evening each week. The sessions are well planned and well resourced at all times. The whole ‘Inspired’ team are very professional in the way that they organise the sessions and in the way that they work alongside the school.
Graham Starling, Headteacher, Princefield First School.
Inspired Coaching currently provide 2 sessions in our Children’s Centres, one at Penkridge and one at Perton. We have found Inspired Coaching to be very organised and respectful towards the policies and procedures of the different settings. The sessions are very well planned and well received by both Parents and Children. The coaches have built up a great rapport with Children and Parents alike.
Parents feedback has said that these sessions are enjoyed by all Children and they do make a difference. Inspired Coaching comes highly recommended.
Thank you Inspired!
Jayne Carter/Raminder Dhaliwal
Codsall and Wolgarston Community and Learning Partnership
Inspired coaching are currently delivering multi skills sessions at our children’s Centre in Wildwood Stafford. The sessions are aimed at children aged 2 – 4 years and have proved to be very popular. The sessions provided not only promote motor skills, but also turn taking, listening, scaffolding and high order thinking. I have had very positive feedback from all the parents, especially how professional, yet still approachable and child friendly the coach is. He remembers all the children, and their progress which enables a bespoke lesson that brings the best out in all the children. This leads to self achievement, confidence and fun for each individual child.
Keeping fit and healthy, made fun.
Kasey Whiting- BEd (Hons)
Wildwood Children Centre Manager. (C&LP)
Since the start of January we have run a Multi Sills Physical Activity one hour session at our Tuesday night youth club run by Inspired Coaching.
We have 2 coaches who come and do 15 minutes of fun warming up and engagement, 30 minutes of physical work, skills, such as catching, throwing, movement, running in teams and then 15 minutes of a fun game such as indoor football or dodgeball.
Since we’ve started these sessions we have had a 60% increase in the number of young people coming to the youth club.
Having spoken to the new children coming, it is purely the coaching sessions which are driving them to us, as they have heard their friends saying what fun they have when they are here.
We have been using Inspired Coaching for over 2 years now, the children love it when we have them at our sessions.
Loose Women – Featherstone
I have been working with Inspired Coaching for two years and during that time have found them to be extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy.
The coaching staff have worked well as part of our team and are always willing to go that extra mile in order to help and support. The staff show an excellent quality of care and most of all the children learn well and enjoy their learning. The children have been motivated and engaged and made significant progress especially in dance and football.
Richard in particular has shown professionalism and leads the company by example. I would fully recommend them to lead and develop sports in any school or club.
Lynn Small (MRS)
Headteacher- Littltongreen Community School.
I would like to express my thanks to you and your team for the football coaching you have provided for us over the past couple of terms.
We had struggled to provide quality football training until your team arrived. What has impressed us is the emphasis you put on fair play and each child trying their personal best to improve. The after-school club has been successful because the children have really enjoyed each session and also because parents feel it is value for money. Each session has a good balance between skills practise and competitive play.
With Inspired Coaching sessions running for most of the year All Saints felt well prepared to enter the Stafford and District football tournament. As a small school we usually struggle but we held our own against some of the best school football teams in the Stafford area. What really helped was the way you took the tournament rules and merged them into your sessions so that the children were familiar with what to expect on the day.
Your team is always courteous. Their approach is fair, firm and friendly. I therefore have no hesitation in recommending your services to other schools. We will continue to use your services and I am eager to talk to you about the possibility of organising other after-school clubs in future.
Mr. Paul Hayward
All Saints Primary, Bednall.
Inspired Coaching have been working with our 3 and 4 year olds delivering Multi-Skills. The children enjoy each session and look forward to every Wednesday morning.
Parents have also commented how much their children enjoy the Multi-Skills session.
The coach works well with the children and has 2 groups of mixed ability; it has helped their gross and fine motor skills along with their listening skills.
They are all treated as individuals and show pride in their achievements. I would have no hesitation in recommending Inspired Coaching to any Nursery, Playgroup or Children Centre!