Chester FC Youth Academy – Colts Player reflects on South Africa Trip

Chester FC Colts player, Bailey Jackson, recently returned from a 10 day coaching expedition in South Africa and caught up with ChesterFC.com to tell us all about his trip.

The young Blue was fortunate enough to win a place on an educational programme and was selected by The HQ Coaching Centre.

“I believe that the trip was a huge success as whilst over there, we added a couple of new schools to the coaching list as well as one or two local football teams” said Bailey.

“The children I coached ranged from age 9 to 17. Most of the schools were based in townships but one of the schools was a private.

“The township school buildings were portakabins which were surrounded by an uneven sandy and stony ground. That was the playing area where we had to base our coaching, whilst the private school had a well-kept grass pitch.

When asked whether he would like to return again, Bailey said: “Our accommodation in Cape Town was at Western Cape Sports School. Whilst I was there, I got to know the students and teachers and they have invited me back in the summer to take part in training and to play in a couple of tournaments.

“Working in the townships was very rewarding and given the opportunity I would go back, but possibly spend a little more time working with the children.

Having had a busy training schedule, Bailey and the rest of the coaches did however get time to explore parts of the country: “we did find time to go up Tabletop Mountain by cable car, the weather was clear and the view was incredible.

“Whilst there it was my birthday and we visited a restaurant that served many different types of African meat including Springbok, which seemed a bit strange being their national symbol” joked the young Blue.

Speaking on the whole, Bailey said: “I feel like I have learnt a wide range of new skills including leadership skills, coaching skills and I have also grown a lot in confidence.”

Well done, Bailey!

(Article for chesterfc.com)

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