Social Week of Action profile: Daniel Bellamy

This week, our ECFA National Student Leadership Committee are teaming up with BUCS’ Student Management Group to Support Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, to raise social awareness of discrimination and promote equality within football and sport in general.

NSLC member Attia Begum spoke to college football coach Daniel Bellamy.

Current role within football:  Head Coach of Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College Men’s Football

Background in football: I have played football from an early age, playing for a local junior’s team in a Worcester Saturday Division from under 7. I also played for Worcestershire County and the West Midlands District, and was part of the Coventry FC Academy till the age of 16. I then played for Worcester City FC, Malvern Town FC, Bromyard FC as a semi-professional. I have also coached from the age of 18 for a variety of clubs. I’m currently a Licensed Level 2 FA Coach, working towards UFEA B and coach at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College. I am still involved in the game as I have a passion for football. I believe football can be used as a key tool to develop skills of the citizens of tomorrow, such as leadership, communication and other positive behaviours.

What opportunities have you had? I have enjoyed opportunities to play with friends and develop social skills, to play for great coaches that developed me as a player. In terms of coaching, I have had opportunities to develop as a coach under great guidance from FA tutors and to coach participants new skills and develop individuals to become better people.

What barriers have you faced on your journey? Mostly money (cost of travelling to football) and work. My current role has proven to be a barrier where I have been unable to play as often or regular as I would want.

What do you hope to achieve within football? I hope to continue to enjoy football and to develop a skill set in individuals that enable them to become better individuals.