The Big Interview – Mick Browne

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The Big Interview

 

Mick Browne

Fact File

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Team: Monarchs (formerly Forwards, Rockets and Ravens)

Position: Manager

Years at League: To long

Trophy’s: 2x League & Cup Winners (Forwards) 2007-2008, 2008-2009

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Mick, you’ve been coaching at the RPLL for many years now, what have been the biggest changes to the league since you first arrived?
To be honest with you Ollie other than committee changes not a lot has changed, the biggest change for the better has been the increase in the Senior League Teams; it used to break my heart and still does when we had to turn players away.

 

You have recently passed your FA Level 1 Coaching Badge. Firstly many congratulations, secondly what did you learn from your time on the course?
Thanks Ollie, what I learn t is that at all costs the Kids we are coaching must enjoy themselves and not be criticized. I would advise all parents and coaches to log onto the FA respect webpage….  http://www.thefa.com/leagues/respect

 

Would you recommend it (the FA courses) to others?
Already have, it’s such a good course, you will not become a Chosen One overnight but it certainly helps you understand more.

 

What made you want to become a manager down at the RPLL?
Same as most of us, I was asked by Liz Brown (then on the committee) to manage the Ravens. I’d just got back from Cyprus and took a phone call telling me Charlie had got into the Ravens and by the way could I manage them! That was it—thank you Liz xxx This is my second time around having managed my son James’ team – that was 28 Years ago so I have been involved in little league football for quite a few years now and still look forward to each Saturday!

 

What has been the biggest highlight for you in your time at the RPLL?
The biggest highlight for me personally has been seeing my grandchildren Charlie, Billy James and now Frankie Browne at RPLL playing football and enjoying themselves. We have Gracie now so she should be playing down their soon. But for me, it was when Charlie won the penalty competition in the Bantams, for the Ravens. He was six and the look on his face will stay with me forever!

 

What makes the RPLL such a popular place for kids to play at?
Good question Ollie; I would say that this year with a new Chairman and basically a new committee, changes will happen and already have started to happen. “The Emphasis Of The RPLL” is that the children are enjoying themselves; poor old Dad or Mum , Grandparents and all get invited to manage a team and that is when we hook them because they enjoy it so much. All of us are volunteers and this means our enthusiasm reaches the children and thus it creates a really good football environment for the kids!

 

What do you think the Monarchs can achieve this season after a battling draw against the treble winners, Dynamos, last week?
They will achieve whatever they achieve enjoying themselves and will hopefully take away with them happy memories of playing in the Raynes Park Little League.

 

Mick, far right receiving his FA Level 1 Certificate

 

Little League: 20.09.2012

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