u9 Eagles

U9s Eagles
Manager: Mike Morton/ Mark Brett
Email: mikemorton@busheyandoxheyfc.co.uk/ markbrett@busheyandoxheyfc.co.uk

Mike
“After the previous manager left in September 2019 I stepped in to the role after some persuasion from other dads and managers.
It’s great being able to help nine boys do something they love – their enthusiasm is contagious. My son is really proud that his dad is his manager too.
To be a good coach you need patience, a passion for football, be good in the mornings, look great in shorts…oh and more patience! I’d say the boys would would describe me as fair, encouraging and I’m sure they would mention the tub of chocolates I keep for them for after training. If you’re thinking about coaching, DO IT! It’s strangely addictive and if I had to give it up I’d really miss it. If I could change one thing though it would be the weather – the introduction of a winter break and play more in summer months would be welcomed by coaches and parents alike I’m sure.”

Team: Watford FC
Inspired by: Jurgen Klopp
Favourite full-time treat: Jaffa Cakes for the boys and a hot chocolate and bacon roll for me
Most memorable B&O match: 4-4 draw against a very decent team – we scored in the last minute to draw

Mark
“After a year with the U6 soccer school, my eldest son started his football playing journey with Bushey & Oxhey FC in 2015. I popped in for a chat with the then chair Darren Linden, and left with a team! It was something I had always wanted to do and was lucky that B&O paid for my training and gave me the opportunity.
The best part of being a coach is the boys – it’s all about them and their journey. We have definitely grown in the five years we have been a team and have become a real ‘football family’. I originally started with eight boys (many of who didn’t know each other) and now have a team of 12 – the original eight are still with us! Every one of them adds their own individuality and personality but they all have an equal role in the team. The boys would describe me as fair, demanding and loud!
If I could change anything at grassroots, I wish the FA and Premier League would put in more money and support.”

Team: West Ham United (supporting them is far more frustrating than being a coach)
Inspired by: Klopp for his non-stop enthusiasm and I like what Brendan Rodgers does
Favourite full-time treat: Sunday Roast and a couple of beers
Most memorable B&O match: The Stags 5-2 win at Bedmond