Kieran – My Coaching Story

Every year Albion in the Community (AITC) provides hundreds of people with a disability with the chance to play regular football at one its many local sessions.

However, the charity’s football sessions are just one part of the wider work being done by its disability team. AITC also delivers disability awareness training to schools, colleges, universities and businesses throughout Sussex.

Kieran Green began life with Albion in the Community (AITC) aged just seven as a regular at its football session in Portslade. Now 23, Kieran is a player/coach at Brighton & Hove Albion Cerebral Palsy FC and a core member of AITC’s disability coaching team, having made the step up from community coach earlier this year; before that he had completed an apprenticeship with the charity.

His coaching roles involve delivering sessions to young players with a disability, including a session for junior players with cerebral palsy – much like the session Kieran began attending 16 years ago. He also works with young people who are deaf or partially-sighted.

And away from the pitch, Kieran is having a significant impact on the way people here in Sussex view disabilities.

In 2018 alone, Kieran and his colleague Hayley Templeman have delivered 56 different disability awareness sessions – averaging more than one a week.  Some of these will have been based around assemblies, others will have been disability sport taster events, or visits to local businesses. In total, Kieran has delivered the training to more than 9,000 people.

That figure includes more than 300 people who work at Brighton & Hove Albion FC and AITC, with disability awareness training given to all members of staff at both football club and charity.

For Kieran, the chance to work for the charity is one that means a lot to him.

He said: “I’ve experienced the benefits of AITC’s work myself and to now be in a position in which I can offer those same opportunities to other people is fantastic.”

“My aim is for the club is to grow it as big as possible and continue to develop.”

“My ambition as a player is to continue at national league and hopefully one day represent England internationally.”

For more information on AITC’s disability awareness training, email: disability@albioninthecommunity.org.uk.