I'm Simon Bradbury, Principle Coach of the U14 Hammers. I've been involved with Lydiard Youth FC for over six seasons & am hugely passionate about grassroots football and coaching young people entrusted to me. I am a Level One FA Licensed coach and have recently been given the opportunity to have an FA Mentor work with me as I progress my own coaching qualifications. Part of the Level One award includes Safeguarding and Emergency First Aid (now to include the use of Defibrillators), all coaches are CRC checked every few years. The FA are keen to push me onto Level Two - watch this space!
My philosophy is to instill a team ethic that sees the players work closely to each other, build friendships and to help each other both on the football field, in training sessions and as importantly, in school and their social lives. My teams will always work hard, challenge each other to improve, to encourage and support one another and work to an end, team goal. In my experience those values will always be as important as perceived ability. If you get all of those, you have a real 'team'.
Development is key. Players need to play football and have as many opportunities to touch the ball as they progress through grassroots. I will always remind players that they HAVE to make mistakes if they want to learn, they HAVE to make mistakes if they want to get better. The minute players do not make mistakes in training then as coaches, we're letting them down. How they deal with mistakes and learn from them, is the key.
I am also on the committee. One of my roles is to ensure all of our coaches, across the age groups, are appropriately qualified and I look to book their courses with the Wiltshire FA. I also help with registering current and new players with our club and work closely with our dedicated Child Welfare Officer.
I have three children, two boys and a young daughter. My sons both play for Lydiard Youth. My family work within football, my brother is a UEFA A qualified coach, working in an elite academy in Austria. I unshamefully, lean on him, for guidance and support.
Manager - Andy Atwell
Team Coach - Simon Bradbury
Telephone - 07737 244801