28th April 2011

JBFC Football Coach Jamie Bradbury

JBFC was set up in 2013 by FA Licensed Football Coach Jamie Bradbury to give children in Colchester the chance to get involved in football in a fun and pressure-free environment.

But who is Jamie?

JBFC Head Football Coach Jamie Bradbury
From: Colchester, Essex
Coaching Qualifications: FA Licensed Coach, UEFA B, FA Level Two Coach Award, FA Level One Coach Award, FA Youth Award Module One, Module Two and Module Three, Coerver Youth Diploma 1
Other accreditation: Enhanced CRB Disclosure, FA Emergency Aid Certificate, FA Safeguarding Children Certificate, FA Laws of the Game Certificate
Licensed Coach Since: 2002
Coaching experience: Current first-team coach at Long Melford FC, JBFC Kids Football Coaching, JBFC U10s, Easts Bergholt Girls U14s, Capel Gilrs U12s, Boxted Lodgers FC
Playing Experience: East Thurrock United (Isthmian League), Basildon United and Bowers & Pitsea United (Essex Senior League), Boxted Lodgers, Sudbury Athletic and Dedham Old Boys (Essex & Suffolk Border League), Wivenhoe Town and Tiptree United (Essex & Herts Combination), Reed Hall Sentinals (Colchester Youth League), Woodhurst and Tiptree Monarchs (Sunday Football), FA Staff Team (Player/Manager)

For 18 years, until the end of 2015, I worked for The Football Assocation with a large portion of that at Wembley Stadium as FA Editor where I managed content for TheFA.com, The FA’s official website, and all FA Match Day Programmes for the England Team and The FA Cup. I also went to five major tournaments as part of the England set-up, including the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Colchester FA Licensed Football Coach Jamie Bradbury in Rio, Brazil during the 2014 World

Jamie in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup

But away from work, I’m passionate about the grassroots of football. I simply love football and, as well as following Liverpool from the age of seven, I have also played for a club every season since I was eight.

Now I want to help give young people the opportunity to have a lot of fun while learning the game and maybe they can be as excited about football as I was – and still am.

Having gained my Level One coaching certificate in 2002, I eventually decided to move on to the Level Two certificate.

My education has continued with The UEFA B Licence course in 2014, and the FA’s Youth Award, completing the courses for all three modules. I have also received the Coerver Youth Diploma 1 after attending the skills-based course at Manchester City’s academy.

I am first team coach for Long Melford FC in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, and on spare Saturdays I play when I can for Boxted Lodgers in the Essex & Suffolk Border League. I have also set up an Under-9s team from players who attend the JBFC Saturday Club.

As a player I reached my peak in the Ryman League with East Thurrock United and played in The FA Cup, but have also been lucky enough to play at some great stadiums; Wembley (old and new), Millennium Stadium, Old Trafford, Upton Park, Weston Homes, Turf Moor, Bloomfield Road and even Falkirk!

When it comes to work, I’m fortunate to have been a part of the England Under-21s set-up between 2006 and 2013, and the senior team set-up up until my final game at The FA – against France at Wembley in November 2015 – and have seen some very talented players come through the system, while also observing many, many elite coaching sessions.

Through my work I’ve been able to watch sessions at close-hand delivered by coaches like Fabio Capello, Pep Guardiola, Stuart Pearce, Roy Hodgson, Peter Taylor, Steve McClaren and Sven-Goran Eriksson.

While I may never reach the heights of the coaches mentioned above, my goal is to ensure that anyone I coach or manage enjoys their time on the football pitch, learns and develops as a player and person, has the chance to express themselves and maximise their potential.

Contact me here if you’d like to know more about sessions run by JBFC Football Coach Jamie Bradbury or you can follow on www.twitter.com/jbfootballcoach or on the JBFC Faceback page.

As well as being a Football Coach Jamie Bradbury is also a freelance writer, content producer, website editor, proof-reader and digital marketer. If your business would like to benefit from Jamie’s 18 years experience in the world high-profile international communications and media, visit his other website www.jamiebradbury.co.uk.

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