Interview: Clinics Coach Phil
- Updated: March 9, 2016
With his charming accent, love for coaching kids, and interesting sense of humour, Coach Phil has become a beloved member of our team. Phil coaches our indoor and outdoor soccer clinics that help hundreds of adults and youth improve their skills. With a new round of clinics on the way, we thought it’d be a great time to find out more about our favourite Brit.
Getting to know Coach Phil
With his charming accent, love for kids, and interesting sense of humour, Coach Phil has become a beloved member of our team. Phil coaches our indoor and outdoor soccer clinics that help hundreds of adults and youth improve their skills. With a new round of clinics on the way, we thought it’d be a great time to find out more about our favourite Brit.
Q: What footy team would you die to see live?
Phil: Barcelona. I’ve liked them since I was a kid and they’re probably the best team in the world right now.
Q: Who was your favourite player growing up?
Phil: Roy Keane of Manchester United
Q: What’s your best memory as a footy player?
Phil: Back in England when I was 14 I remember feeling really cool because we got to take a half day off school and travel miles on a school coach to play in a regional cup competition, a semi-final match. I probably felt a little bit more important than I should’ve done.
Q: What is your best memory as a coach?
Phil: I went to Spain in April last year and blew my leg out. I came in to say goodbye to the kids because I knew I couldn’t coach them for a while. They all ran over and gave me a big hug—that was an important moment for me. Winning and losing sure but moments like that really make me feel like I’ve done my job as a coach.
Q: Which age group or skill level do you prefer coaching?
Phil: It sounds funny but I really like coaching house league. I like seeing the kids go from helicopter heads just running around to a half-decent team by the end of the season.
Q: What do you love most about coaching?
Phil: I love football and I wanted kids to find a love for it as much as I had when I was a kid. It’s fun first—that’s what I try to convey when I’m coaching. Just getting them involved and enjoying it really is what I love about it.
Q: What do you love most about the game?
Phil: Crunching tackles…and I like the comradery. I don’t like playing on teams where you’ve got Prima Donnas and people who think they are lot better than they are. I do like playing with good players but at the same time playing with good guys is a little bit more important.
Q: What is the most embarrassing thing that’s happened to you on the soccer pitch?
Phil: Probably taking a ball in the pills in the middle of a school game and half the school watching it. It took me about five minutes to get up off the field. I was in high school and it was gut-wrenching and heart-wrenching at the same time.
Q: How would you describe your coaching style?
Phil: Energetic and positive.
Q: What your top coaching tips?
Phil: Communicate, have fun, and share the ball.
Q: Do you have any nicknames?
Phil: None that are appropriate for the website, just “Wooly.”
Q: What’s your favourite number to wear?
Coach Phil’s Bio
Phil Woolley calls many places home in the UK including London, Sunderland and Kent and has an obvious passion for the beautiful game. Phil played with of Sittingbourne FC and was also part of the Gillingham FC youth team before taking an extended period away from the game due to reoccurring injuries. Since moving to Canada over 15 years ago Phil has enjoyed soccer within the CPSL and continues to play in the Burlington Soccer League. He has coached women’s and junior soccer teams across the GTA and holds certifications from NSCAA and the OSA. He continues to achieve higher level certifications and hopes to acquire his provincial license later this year.