Grantham College students coach at Nottingham Forest

Kieran Taylor and Tim Brookes
Kieran Taylor and Tim Brookes
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Two Grantham College students have become volunteer coaches for Nottingham Forest.

Kieran Taylor and Tim Brookes, who are both studying for an Extended Diploma in Sports Development, Coach and Fitness Level Three, received coaching experience with Forest’s development squad as part of their work experience requirements.

The pair were invited by college football coach Steve Billinghurst, who is also development coach at Forest, and the club was so impressed that they were both asked if they would like to become volunteer coaches for their youngsters.

The weekly Monday night sessions see Kieran and Tim support a qualified Forest coach, training anywhere up to 21 boys who have been scouted by the club to potentially move up to the academy if they show enough


They coach the seven to 13-year-olds anything from discipline and mental attitude, to skills to make them academy ready.

Tim said: “We look at different aspects of football such as defending and dribbling. We implement the session plans the top coaches, such as Tony Cook, have devised and get them academy ready. So if they are successful in gaining a place, they don’t feel out of place to others in the academy.”

Kieran is hoping to go to either Northumbria University to study Sports Science or Applied Coaching or Liverpool John Moores to study Sports Coaching. Tim, who is an ex Kings School student, is also hoping to go on to university, either at Leeds Metropolitan to study Sports Coaching and Analysis or Liverpool John Moores to Sports Coaching. Both students are hoping to work with professional football teams once they have finished their studies at university, either in the UK or abroad.

Forest development coach Steve Billinghurst said: “We are delighted with the attitude and performance Kieran and Tim have shown over the past few months, and as a result are looking forward to working with the college in the future.”