51 episodes

UEFA A Licence Coach Mark 'Rivo' Rivers, and Berks & Bucks FA's, Richard Brant, catch up with local and national football coaches to discuss their journeys, coaching philosophies and personal experiences in the sport. Follow Rivo & Rich as they catch up with old friends, new colleagues and footballing legends, and listen in, as each guest provides their own fascinating insight into football coaching from every level of the game.

The Grassroots Football Coach Berks & Bucks FA

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UEFA A Licence Coach Mark 'Rivo' Rivers, and Berks & Bucks FA's, Richard Brant, catch up with local and national football coaches to discuss their journeys, coaching philosophies and personal experiences in the sport. Follow Rivo & Rich as they catch up with old friends, new colleagues and footballing legends, and listen in, as each guest provides their own fascinating insight into football coaching from every level of the game.

    Rivo & Rich meet... Sukh Hunjan

    Rivo & Rich meet... Sukh Hunjan

    In the final episode of Series 6, Rivo & Rich week caught up with recently qualified UEFA B coach, Sukh Hunjan.

    On the pod, Sukh takes us on a journey from his playing days to the present day and his role as a Coach. Coinciding with South Asian Heritage month, he also discusses his personal experiences in the game, the barriers he has faced, his current role models in the game and what support is available.

    Sukh also shares his positive experiences with Coaches throughout his journey and why these encounters led him on a path into coaching alongside teaching.

    Plus, to celebrate the Lionesses' superb victory in the UEFA Women’s EURO 2022 we spend time discussing what this incredible achievement means, not just for Women’s football, but for sport in general - there's also pre-match thoughts from fans and wild celebrations following the final whistle, live from Wembley Stadium!

    For more information about grassroots football coaching in Berks & Bucks and the recently launched BBFA Coaches Network, please visit www.berks-bucksfa.com/coaches.

    Music and post-production by Darren Fellerdale.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Rivo & Rich meet... Tony Carr MBE

    Rivo & Rich meet... Tony Carr MBE

    This week, marking the 50th episode of the podcast, Rivo & Rich caught up with West Ham United legend, Tony Carr MBE.

    In this episode, Tony shares his journey in the beautiful game. From his early playing days (which were cut short by injury) to turning his attention to coaching. Tony provides a fantastic insight into an incredible 43-year career at the same Club and gives us a fascinating in-depth look into the famous 'West Ham Way'.

    He also shares some brilliant stories of players he has helped through the years including, Paul Ince, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Joe Cole, Mark Noble and Declan Rice.  All who have gone on to have fabulous careers at the top level.

    Tony also talks about his new book 'Tony Carr; A Lifetime in Football at West Ham United' and we find out if Rivo can recover from his first L in this week’s quiz!

    For more information about grassroots football coaching in Berks & Bucks and the recently launched BBFA Coaches Network, please visit www.berks-bucksfa.com/coaches.

    Music and post-production by Darren Fellerdale.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Rivo & Rich meet... Aaron O’Brien

    Rivo & Rich meet... Aaron O’Brien

    This week, Rivo & Rich caught up with Maidenhead Utd First Team coach, Aaron O’Brien.

    In this episode, Aaron shares his journey from his early experiences playing to the present day where he is coaching at his hometown club. He also offers great insight into the weekly routine of a National League Club match analysis, match preparation and much more!

    Aaron also talks about the difference between National League and grassroots football and how much importance and pressure there is to compete with fully professional sides. Aaron also shares his day job and the development of the academy.

    There's also talk of Leeds Utd, Ryan Reynolds, and Rob McElhenney & we find out if Rivo can continue his undefeated streak in this week’s quiz!

    For more information about grassroots football coaching in Berks & Bucks and the recently launched BBFA Coaches Network, please visit www.berks-bucksfa.com/coaches.

    Music and post-production by Darren Fellerdale.

    • 57 min
    Rivo & Rich meet... Elijah Bada

    Rivo & Rich meet... Elijah Bada

    This week, Rivo & Rich catch up with the MK Warriors, UEFA B Licenced Coach, Elijah Bada.

    In this episode, Elijah shares his journey from growing up in Brixton, South London before moving to Milton Keynes and his first experiences of football. Elijah opens up about his personal experiences which ultimately led to him taking up coaching from which he hasn’t looked back since.

    Elijah also talks about the importance his mother played in his upbringing and how that has shaped his values as a coach and as a human being.

    There's also talk of Klopp, Pep, and roundabouts and we find out if Elijah was able to defeat Rivo in this week’s quiz.

    For more information about grassroots football coaching in Berks & Bucks and the recently launched BBFA Coaches Network, please visit www.berks-bucksfa.com/coaches.

    Music and post-production by Darren Fellerdale.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Rivo & Rich meet... Sarah Davern

    Rivo & Rich meet... Sarah Davern

    This week, our dynamic duo, Rivo & Rich caught up with the brilliant, Sarah Davern.

    In this episode, Sarah shares her fantastic journey in the game. From her first experiences of grassroots football right up to the present day and playing for Ascot United. She talks in detail about her experiences playing mixed football and the differences she noticed once she joined the Reading FC Girls' Academy.

    Sarah also discusses her coaching journey, from starting out in her teens with Reading Community Trust before going on to set up and develop her own coaching company at the age of just 21, through to establishing it over the last decade and still finding the time to coach two local grassroots teams.

    Sarah also talks about modelling her free-kicks on David Beckham, her “beat the sun up” routine, her early entrepreneur skills at school, her friendship with Lioness Fran Kirby and owning the world’s most powerful water gun!

    For more information about grassroots football coaching in Berks & Bucks and the recently launched BBFA Coaches Network, please visit www.berks-bucksfa.com/coaches.

    Music and post-production by Darren Fellerdale.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Rivo & Rich meet... Grant Downie OBE

    Rivo & Rich meet... Grant Downie OBE

    Mark 'Rivo' Rivers & Richard Brant are back with Series 6 of the award-winning podcast. The duo are joined by special guest, Grant Downie OBE, to help them kick off the new season!

    In this episode, Grant shares his incredible journey from his early days at the NHS all the way to the present day as a Consultant in medical & performance solutions in elite sports & industry. Grant gives us his thoughts on player ownership, positive vulnerability, embracing diversity, investing time in your players and the importance of mental health. He also provides insight into what it was like to receive his OBE in 2013.

    There are also tales from his time at Rangers, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, The FA & the Premier League and talk of his friendships with Gareth Southgate and the late, Walter Smith.

    For more information about grassroots football coaching in Berks & Bucks and the recently launched BBFA Coaches Network, please visit www.berks-bucksfa.com/coaches.

    Music and post-production by Darren Fellerdale.

    • 1 hr 3 min

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