Just call me Alex Ferguson!!
So today I am venturing into the world of football coach, or soccer as it is known here!
We have a pretty active 'soccer' little league in our area and the lady coaches are work colleagues of mine and the players are students. So we have had a few discussions over lunch about their need for a greater knowledge of the 'beautiful game' to assist them with their coaching. As with many Americans, they have not really watched soccer or played it. Although I have only ever kicked about a ball in fun, having been an avid Manchester United fan for life, there isn't much I don't know about the game and it's rules. So I offered to help and my offer has been gladly taken up.
They are part of a pretty good sized league that plays every Saturday morning in the nearby town. Right now they are not at all hopeful of success as kicking the ball whilst moving is proving a challenge, but I have no doubt the other teams have the same issues.
Now it's a whole different ball game when you only have 3 or maybe 5 players a side and they're under 5ft tall, but I really hope I can add something to the team for them. I have to say I am quite looking foward to getting involved and helping out, I have no doubt it will be fun and may also result in a few funny tales!
Watch this space...