FA Mentor Scheme

Since the start of the Season we have been working closely with our FA Mentor, Rus Smith.

Rus was assigned to us, as a Charter Standard Community Club, with the aim of developing
coaching, and therefore the standard of our players.

Currently working on his UEFA A License, Rus also tutors FA Level 1 badges and currently
coaches Aston Villa WSC U21s. He also works as an FA Development Coach and Coach Educator
at St. George’s Park and throughout the West Midlands.

The impact with the teams under his tutorage has been immediate. Managers and coaches have
taken on board new ideas and approaches and are implementing them in their weekly sessions. The standard of our players can only improve in relation to this, although this is a more long term impact.

Our senior committee members have worked closely with Rus and have also begun to develop
our practice, especially with regard to new volunteers.

We lose Rus at the end of the season but the impact on our club will remain in place for
years to come.

Rus can be followed on twitter: @RusSmith0907