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In the last few weeks, the club’s coaches have been helping two young players who traveled all the way across the world to join them.
The Grasshoppers are taking advantage of the Football Association (FA)’s Coach Mentoring Programme, a major grassroots investment by the FA which reflects the view that development of coaches is central to the development of the game. This programme provides on-the-ground support to FA Charter Standard clubs and coaches and offers 50 hours of mentoring by an FA Club Mentor, providing targeted support to challenge coaches to excel in their work and enhance their coaching standards. This has enabled the Grasshoppers to enroll an FA Mentor, as well as appointing Paul Fletcher, Simon Heffer and Nick Bignell as ‘Legacy Mentors’ – club coaches trained to create a legacy within the club.
Nick Bignell said: “I can’t remember a time when one team’s training session was observed by five other coaches, all keen to ensure the best level of training is given across all of our age groups, from five to 16. These latest developments should really strengthen our methods and prove that we’re working hard to make the Club and our players more successful on and off the field.”
The club enjoyed further excitement recently when it welcomed six-year-old Finlay Reid-Maxwell and his eight-year-old brother Sorley, all the way from Australia. Their dad, Sandy, brought the boys to Uckfield to re-visit the club he fondly remembered from the days before he emigrated down under. Sandy first played for the Grasshoppers in 1981, the year it was founded, when it operated out of an old green hut on Victoria Playing Ground. Both the Grasshoppers and its sponsor, TR Fastenings – which at that time was operating out of a small converted industrial unit in Uckfield – have come a long way in the intervening 36 years.
Updated 14:54 - 9 Mar 2017 by UGJFC Admin