Over 11 years’ experience playing, teaching and refereeing futsal & football in the U.K and U.S. Nicole has worked for MLS New York Redbulls, LA Galaxy, Reading FC, Arsenal FC Development Centre and currently works for Chelsea Ladies FC Regional Talent Centre & Chelsea FC Foundation.
Nicole was the second female in the United States to attain a National Level 3 U.S Youth Futsal Coaching Certificate. Thereafter she was selected to deliver skill training for the U.S Youth Futsal Southwest Regional Futsal I.D camp in Southern California. 18 of these players made the National Pool and represented the United States youth teams in Costa Rica in 2015.
1. What book(s) have greatly influenced your life?
Inspirational Quote: ‘Impossible is Nothing’ (Mohammed Ali).
Film: Coach Carter
Both reinstate self-belief, determination, goal setting and achieving goals through hard work, creativity, education and stepping out of comfort zone.
2. How has a failure, or apparent failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favourite failure” of yours?
Whenever I have had a closed door, I think outside the box and look for different ways to reach the outcome I desire, sometimes its tough but I know it only takes one Yes and this has spearheaded my attitude and determination to keep going in this coaching world. I will never give up as there is always light at the end of the tunnel when you persevere.
3. In the last five years, what new belief, behaviour, or habit has most improved your life?
It has been putting myself out there more and embracing social media. When I attended a conference in 2017 I loved this quote ‘It’s not what you know, It’s not who you know, It’s who knows you!’
I have also learnt that I can’t do it all and sharing experiences with others, asking for help has been my biggest transformation.
4. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring young coach, what would that advice be?
Sometimes it costs to invest in yourself, but if you don’t who else will? Be proactive, believe in what you do and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Take opportunities as and when they come.
It’s true what they say surround yourself with positive people and share all of the positive things you are doing to make a difference.
5. What bad advice do you hear most from your area of expertise?
Futsal terminology and game teaching for young players is often inhibited by Football accredited coaches relaying incorrect information. It’s also very important that experts in Football acknowledge that they may not be an expert in Futsal.
In the foundation phase this is critical, so even more education and resources are needed for the global development of futsal at youth levels, where futsal is not the primary sport.
6. Who, in your life, has inspired you most? (and why)
My mum, despite being a single parent for the best part of my life she has raised me to be kind to others, treat people how you wish to be treated. She has encouraged me to take opportunities, to be fearless and to follow my dreams. She has supported me with love and inspired me through leading by example. I understand times of struggle and adversity but equally can appreciate the journey to get to where I am today. As Mohammed Ali once said ‘Impossible is nothing’
In terms of sports coaches: Hope Powell. Why? From back in the day I could see me, I still believe I can do it, I could be it. That visual representation of a positive figure head who is equipped to do the job is hugely important in society and the diversity of any sporting arena.
7. How would you best define a coach?
A coach is a psychologist, a teacher, a mentor, a leader, an adapter and a robot to unsociable hours for the love of their sport. At youth levels, for me coaching is helping players develop as individuals, and as a person to their fullest potential. As I become older I believe team values, respect and communication are at the core of this grounding from all stakeholders in any team, club or organisation.
8. What do you do for your own CPD?
I enjoy coaching education and have obtained over 30 sports qualifications thus far. I attend various conferences, online webinars and coaching events internationally. It’s important to stay relevant, evolve with modern times and be adaptable to not only meet individual needs but evaluate and maintain best practice within a safe learning environment.
I also set short and long term goals, connect with peer groups and use online resources.