This week Echo Sport caught up with Si Ward, the Brighouse Town club coach for the Development squad and U18’s who also assists first team manager Paul Quinn if required.
Away from the game he loves, the 29-year-old is from Stainland, Halifax, is engaged to Sophie Croft and works full time for Lloyds Bank as a Business Analyst.
He started playing football aged seven for Greetland, now known as the Gold Stars, in central midfield before moving onto Elland and having trials with FC Halifax Town and Huddersfield Town.
Si also played at University level for the BUC’s League.
Currently studying for his UEFA B coaching license, which he will complete in October, he has also gained Level Two and Youth Model One.
He saw the role at Brighouse Town advertised after his friend Craig Billington, who was playing in the reserves, linked him via Twitter.
“I had an interview for the U18’s manager position, and I did that for one season, and it was a difficult challenging role, and then last year I moved up to the development team and also started to help with the first team,” confirmed Ward.
“The plan is to develop me as a coach and maybe one day I will take over as first-team manager. I have great mentors in Paul (Quinn) and Rob (Wilson) plus it all helps with the course I am doing as well,” added Si.
For fun he plays in the Halifax Sunday League as well as helping out with some of the coaching and also likes to play golf when he can.
Meanwhile, Brighouse Town have called in the services of conditioner Adam Hewlett as part of their pre-season training for the past four years and as they push for a play-off spot in the Evo-Stic NPL Division One, Adam has been called upon to work with the club this season.
A former player with Town, Adam is currently in his final year studying physiotherapy at Bradford University and is also a qualified PE teacher and has been working along side Brighouse manager Quinn at Brooksbank High School for the past two months.
Adam’s job will be to make sure that the players remain fit and fresh for what will be a tough season, and he will also be working with physio Matt Schofield pitch side.
“I hope that what I do will add value to the squad as they face a very competitive season. We do repeat sprints, team-based sports and what we do is very football focused,” he revealed.
“We introduce them to the ball as quickly as possible. As well as being fit you need to be able to run with the ball. We do a baseline fitness test at the beginning of the season and we also do them throughout different stages of the season.”
“I have access to plenty of sports science material and I have been taking the best bits from that to put a programme together.”