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Helen Nkwocha

UEFA 'A' License Coach

Interview Questions

1. What book(s) have greatly influenced your life?

‘Things Fall Apart’, Chinua Achebe

2. How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favourite failure” of yours?

Failure has actually increased my confidence. It has taught me not to be afraid of failing, though I should not embrace it – so, I should still work really hard. It’s just that ‘failing’ isn’t the end of a dream, or the end of whatever I had planned. My favourite failures come from my previous career as a Police Officer. I was rejected twice, when I applied to join. I kept trying. A few years later, I applied for the rank of Sergeant, and failed the exam twice. I finally passed and was a Sergeant for 8 years.

3. In the last five years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?

My new habit has been trying to learn more about football. I stopped playing in 2010, and up until that point, I think that I was involved in the game without understanding the need to learn about it, since I was participating. As I gained more of a passion for coaching and pursued it as a career, learning about it has improved me as a person, subsequently improving my life. I feel that I am more relaxed and not worried about a lack of knowledge, as I had been previously, because I am aware that there is so much to learn.

4. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring young coach, what would that advice be?

Practice as much as you can, be honest about your style and how you have delivered your messages.

5. What bad advice do you hear most from your area of expertise?

‘Coaching is easy’

6. Who, in your life, has inspired you most? (and why)

My Mother. Because she overcame so much to give me, and my siblings, a good life and she was the ‘best’ person that I have ever met.

7. How would you best define a coach?

A coach is a teacher.

8. What do you do for your own CPD?

I mostly do research online and I review my own sessions in line with what I have learnt and researched. I also look to instigate and involve myself in discussions with fellow coaches which helps me learn.