Box Hill United U/12 girls' head coach Paul Tucker features in this edition of our 'CoachesQ&A' series.
1) What is your coaching philosophy?
I coach to have an impact on all of the girls in my team, so that they have a passion for training and playing football. I hope that love for the game is sustainable well into their adulthood, regardless of whether they become Matildas or play community football – what matters is loving the game.
2) Favourite motivational quotes?
Two that I love are from two past US National Women’s Team and female football’s all time greatest players, Mia Hamm & Abby Wambach:
“The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion, when nobody else is looking.” — Mia Hamm
“I have never once dribbled the whole field and scored a goal by myself.” — Abby Wambach
3) Any pre-game rituals that you do with your Box Hill United squad on a matchday?
For the girls to switch on in the dressing room, we play a quick concentration game of “head / catch” … And of course, a loud “3,2,1 Box Hill” before we leave the room as well as an extra one on the pitch before kick-off, to let the opposition know we’re United and ready!
4) Pizza or Souvlaki?
This is the hardest question you’ve asked, but it has to be a Wembley Park Souvlaki….
Thanks Phil & the canteen team!
5) Pet hates as a coach?
- Just don’t give up! Whether it be trying to master a new skill, or chasing down an opponent who seems too far away to catch – effort never goes unnoticed or unrewarded.
- Kids standing on footballs = broken ankles and twisted knees!