From PE Teaching to 1st Team Coaching - Andrew Glossop

'Because, every instruction took twice as long, as the translator would have to repeat in Chinese. I found that the best way to coach was to demonstrate everything and try to set up sessions where the players could play continuously...'

Name, age, where are you based?

Andrew Glossop, 25, Chesterfield, England.

Current and past Roles:

Current Roles: Assistant Manager at Barnsley Women Football Club

Past Roles: Qualitas Sport U14/15 Head coach

Tranmere Rovers International Football Coach – Hainan, China

Y7 Football Manager at All Saints’ Catholic Voluntary Academy


The FA Level 3 (UEFA B) in Coaching Football

The FA Youth Award

FA Level 2 in Coaching Football

FA Futsal Level 2

FA Futsal Level 1

FA Level 1 in Coaching Goalkeepers

FA Level 1 in Talent Identification

FA Level 1 Psychology Award

How did you get into coaching and what has your path been like?

Despite playing football the majority of my life, and completing my FA Level 2 in Coaching Football at the age of 16, I really started coaching when I was 22. I was working as a PE Teacher at a secondary school in Mansfield and coached the Year 7 team.

I found a real joy for coaching and found it both rewarding and fun. I soon joined Qualitas Sport as the U14/15 head coach, coaching on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Qualitas is for players wanting to increase their participation and experience playing in friendlies against Catergory 1, 2 & 3 academies. I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed it is because the children coming to training, wanted to be there as they had chosen to attend training as extra to try and improve.

From these experiences I decided that coaching football was something I wanted to pursue as a career. So, I looked around and came across a job advert with Tranmere Rovers in China. I spent 6 months coaching school teams in Hainan, a small island south of China and after a stint in a hugely different environment with some great experiences combined with some challenges, I returned to England to complete more coaching qualifications.

It was then that I found Barnsley Women FC, who compete in the FA Womens National League, and after a successful interview process, I was appointed the assistant manager of the women’s 1st team.

Any Major achievements?

I’d say my biggest achievement to date is winning the Sheffield County Cup with Barnsley Women FC in our first season in charge. We had a successful first campaign overall, finishing 4th in the league and went on to beat higher division teams in Sheffield FC and Huddersfield to claim the cup win. The final against Huddersfield was hosted at Rotherham’s New York Stadium which was an experience in itself.

The whole day was an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish, 2-0 up to then being level 2-2. Then the joy of what we thought was a last-minute winner making it 3-2, to the despair of conceding a penalty late on making it 3-3. Penalities followed Extra-time, where we managed to convert 4 penalties, and save 2 meaning we lifted the cup.

The cup itself may not seem the ‘biggest’ achievement on paper, but it was what it represented which makes it my biggest achievement. The girls deserved the win for the effort and engagement levels throughout the season and I felt the club has a whole deserved it. It was the best way to finish our first season, a sign of progression by everyone.

As a qualified P.E Teacher, what transferable skills have been best used in your coaching and in your opinion, why have some teachers gone on to do well in coaching?

As a teacher you have to differentiate within your lessons to accommodate different learning needs and styles. I think this the most transferable skill and the reason why teachers have gone on to do well in coaching. However, even though it is transferable, it will need to be adapted by coaches as they need to recognise different approaches within the coaching system, sometimes within the same session. For example, some players need a kick up the backside, whereas others need an arm around them.

Other teaching skills that are transferable are assessment and progression. In education, you are continually assessing the current ability, with a view to putting a plan in place to ensure they progress. This is exactly the same in football, you assess players strengths and weaknesses and potential, and make appropriate plans to effect progression.