Former Magnus Church of England Academy student returns to You Can Do Sport Academy with voluntary coaching role
A former Magnus Church of England Academy student has returned to campus to gain experience from his former coaches.
Cameron Dobson, of Balderton, was among the first group of students to graduate from the You Can Do Sport (YCDS) Academy — a multi-sports academy in Newark that works in partnership with the Magnus.
And the 18-year-old plans to return to the academy in a voluntary capacity, specifically to learn from the professionals on what it takes to be a good coach.
Dobson said: “I wanted to stay on at YCDS because I saw a great opportunity to work with two great coaches in Gary Charles and Lee Esam.
“Gary obviously played football at the highest level and throughout the two years I played at YCDS I learnt so much about playing — and now I’m hoping I can learn more about coaching in the time I am here.”
Dobson will support the staff to prepare for training sessions with aspirations of leading his own sessions in the future.
“I want to learn what makes a good coach,” he said.
“I want to understand how a coach positions themselves during training, how they speak, what their body language is.
“I want to gain more ideas of what drills to do and how they relate to game situations.
“There’s so much that I can learn from both Gary and Lee and I have already learnt so much by being part of the coaching staff.”
Gary Charles is the head coach at YCDS and, as a former Nottingham Forest player, who was twice capped for England, he has become a mentor and inspiration for the Balderton volunteer.
Charles said: “I have known Cameron for over two years now and I have watched Cameron grow as a person and develop his skills during this time.
“It is testament to his enthusiasm and drive that he wants to volunteer at YCDS and learn from myself and the coaching team.
“He always asks the right questions and is willing to demonstrate and to explain to the group what is expected of them.
“I have every faith that Cameron will become a successful coach.”
Natalia Hart, director of You Can Do Sport, said Dobson was an example to future students.
“Cameron is a shining example of the calibre of students we work hard to produce at the academy,” she said.
“He rightly wants to get the most from his time with us and we are all delighted he has chosen to return for a year to build his experience as a coach.
“He could have done this anywhere but he chose us and that is testament to the relationship he has built with our coaches, his respect for their abilities and the value he sees in learning from them.”
Dobson will be supported to gain his FA Level Two coaching badge as well as a Level Three sports leadership qualification.
“My future goals are to work within a professional football club as a coach,” said Dobson.
“That is the aim, but the dream would be to work within a Premier League club.
“It will be a hard journey, but getting this great experience early on will really help me to live that dream one day.
“To work with a former England and Premiership footballer is something I never thought I’d be able to say I’ve done.
“It’s still surreal that I had three of them coaching me for two years. I still can’t wrap my head around it.”
YCDS also offers Netball-specific coaching and is looking to expand into rugby, boxing and rowing in time for September 2021.