3 Tips for LLS’ Next Generation

The Next Generation Arrive

The last 10 days has been a whirlwind of activity at LLS with our new students joining the team across England, Ireland, Wales and Qatar. The new Adidas kit (modelled at Adidas HQ last week) has been collected, new friendships have been developed and goals have been set for the coming year.

Students at this year's adidas kit launch.

Students at this year’s adidas kit launch.

During the first few days many of the new candidates (and parents) were keen to find out how to maximise their time at LLS and secure a dream career in the sports industry, so I caught up with some of our former students to identify 3 Key Tips which new students can put into practice from day one.

TIP #1- KNOW WHAT YOU’RE WORKING TOWARDS

Our latest batch of future Sports Leaders have a variety of destinations to choose from after they complete the course, and according to Sam Kearney (2017, Graduate) knowing what you’re working towards is great for staying motivated.

“During the course I knew my hard work was going to get me to the USA and during the winter months when it was freezing that kept me focused”.

Sam Kearney Coach of the Year

Myself and Coach of the Year Sam Kearney at our Awards Evening.

For Sam the summer in Chicago has inspired him to follow in other LLS graduates footsteps and cross the Atlantic on a full time basis.

“I remember Paige (2013 graduate) presented to our group about her life in Boston where she is full time. I can see myself doing that in the future, definitely”.

Check out Paige’s 2015 presentation on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyBkYgwfSgI

TIP #2 – EXPERIENCE IS CRUCIAL

My call to Belfast student Bradley Ogilby travelled nearly 6000 miles to Colombo, Sri Lanka where he is working for 12 months for TAFA- Sri Lanka’s leading coaching company. Bradley identified his coaching experience as one of the main reasons behind his early success.

“I think my experience in the primary schools was crucial. I love football and Rugby but at LLS I learnt how to coach 12, sports maybe more,  which I now use in the Primary Schools in Sri Lanka”.

TAFA founder Thabbit Ahmed continued, “Bradley has been unbelievable, man. You can tell he has lots of experience and just the right attitude. That’s a great combination”

Bradley arrives in Colombo

A smiley Bradley arrives in Colombo!

welcome Bradley

He even got his own hashtag upon arrival!

TIP  #3 GET INSPIRED

For the third and final tip I looked a little closer to home and chatted with Chorley based 2016 graduate, Nathan Fisher. Nathan gained Student Coach of the Year in 2016 securing a 12 month internship at Wigan FC Academy and has recently launched an LLS franchise in Bolton.

Nathan’s last 2 years which also included a summer in the USA and job offers at home and abroad have been extraordinary by any 19 year olds standards. So what tip would he give to LLS’ newest recruits?

“I would say surround yourself with great models. My tutor was Kieran Driscoll who is the under 16 coach at Wigan FC and learning from him and knowing his story definitely helped inspire me”.

At LLS we pride ourselves on having inspirational staff and some amazing guest speakers who’ve been there and done it to inspire you to follow in their footsteps.

Student Jack Ashcroft with current Everton Director of Football Steve Walsh at our '90 minutes with...' event earlier this year!

Student Jack Ashcroft with current Everton Director of Football Steve Walsh at our ’90 minutes with…’ event earlier this year.

Olympic boxer Tasha Jonas has also been a guest in the past!

Olympic boxer Tasha Jonas has also been a guest in the past!

There are a few remaining places on LLS courses in certain areas. So if you’re 16-18 and have a passion for sports give us a call on 0151 294 3229 or drop us a message at info@llsonline.uk to find out how you can Join The Team.

Joe Mulhearn, Co- Founder/MD