First team coach Paul Murray gains UEFA A Licence

By Deal Town

The Hoops’ first team coach Paul Murray has gained his UEFA A Licence, which is one of the most respected coaching qualifications in football and achieved by relatively few coaches every year.

Paul, who has been connected to the club at various times for over 20 years as a player, coach and manager, was awarded the badge after successfully completing his final practical assessment at the Charles Ground last Saturday (March 12).

But the first stage had taken place in Belfast 10 months earlier, as Paul explains: “Because I was born in Belfast and played for the Northern Ireland Under-21s, I had the option to do the first part of my badge in Ireland and, because it worked out £1500 cheaper than if I took it in England, that’s what I decided to do.

“So I went to Belfast for a week last June to do the first part of the assessment, which I passed, and also on the course were (former Leeds and Liverpool winger) Harry Kewell and (former Newcastle United striker) Shola Ameobi.

“After passing that first stage I then had a year in which to prepare for the final practical assessment, which I could arrange to take anywhere, and so I fixed it up for the Charles Ground last Saturday.

“I got a few former Deal players involved such as Paul Stevens and John Brayne, and also some boys from the Castle Community College Football Academy (where Paul is the head of coaching). My coaching topic was to coach two midfield players how to defend in a 4-3-3 system and I had to deliver that in a 45-minute session.

“Once you have done that the assessor then gives you another surprise topic, which you have 15 minutes to prepare for, and you then deliver that in a 25-minute session.

“The assessor was Alan Walker, the Kent FA’s head of coaching, and after telling me that I had passed he said: ‘That was absolutely superb, the best assessment session I have taken in the past year.

“And Alan then offered me some work with him. He said he was looking for four coaches to go with him, out of season, on a coaching trip to China and wanted me to be one of them, which obviously sounds a really exciting opportunity.”

2 Responses

  1. Congratulations to Paul Murray.
    You have been a great ambassador for the club over the years and find it fantastic what you’ve achieved.
    You lead a fine example as a coach and am proud of what you’ve done for the club.
    Deal have a lot to thank you for and maybe when the time comes you could be manager.
    Best wishes to you and your family well done.
    COME ON DEAL.!!!!

  2. well done muzza.hope you get a good job out of it.sure you will.but will be sorry to see you go.we have all got a lot to thank you for.

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