Liverpudlian youngster Omar Saad recently became the first person to complete The FA’s The COACH Bursary Programme with Liverpool FC. The scheme aims to address under-representation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic community (BAME) coaches in football.
Omar Saad, a football coach for over six years, was chosen by The FA's panel to be placed at Liverpool FC's Academy training ground and started the programme in November 2013.
During his time at the Club, Omar has been able to learn and observe members of the Academy's top-class coaching staff, as well as gain his own coaching experience of training and leading sessions with the Reds' elite young players.
Commenting on his experience at the Club, Omar said, "My experience on The FA's COACH Bursary Programme has been a dream come true. I've been able to work with some of the best coaches and young players in the country, which has helped me to improve my skills as a coach.
"It's been a great career milestone to work for the Club that I've supported since a child and it's something that I never thought I'd be able to achieve this early into my career. However, thanks to Liverpool FC and the COACH Bursary, this was all made possible."
Liverpool FC's Assistant Academy Manager, Phil Roscoe, commented, "As a Club, we pride ourselves on upholding equality, so it's fantastic to be a part of The FA's scheme that helps to bring more coaches from different backgrounds into football.
"It's been great to see Omar develop his skills by working with our coaches and players, and we all wish him well in his future career."
Brendon Batson MBE, former English association footballer and programme manager of The FA's COACH Bursary Programme said, "The number of BAME footballers who have contributed significantly to English football is extensive, however, the number of those who have successfully progressed into coaching and management has been minimal.
"Omar is a prime example of how this programme aims to help develop young coaching talent such as his by placing him at a world class Academy institution such as Liverpool FC. The experience he has gained throughout his time at the Club is unrivalled, and it's hoped Omar can take what he has learned from the Academy placement and continue to develop his career in coaching."
For more information on how to apply for The FA's COACH Bursary programme, and to be in with a chance of being Liverpool FC's next Academy coach, visit www.thefa.com.