Buckingham Athletic Football Club are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Bevis as their new under eighteen’s manager for the coming season, as revealed by club chairman Tony Checkley:
We had a number of applicants for the role, the strongest list that we have had for this role so it has taken some time to get our man….. but we are delighted that Paul has agreed to join us.
Paul comes to us from Tattenhoe where he is currently coaching but he also knows Buckingham Athletic well as he has played for the club in the past.
Paul has played and coached in the area for many years so has lots of good contacts – he will start the role immediately and start building up his backroom team and arranging his pre-season which obviously will include not only inviting back the current squad but also looking for new recruits.
We have already held trials in our new association with both Moretonville and Buckingham United and it is quite exciting of some of the talent that is around the area
Buckingham Athletic Under 18’s play in the Allied Counties Youth League – anybody interested in joining should in the first instance contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further trials will be set up during the summer information will be posted both on Sports Shots and the club Facebook page.
Sports Shots has this week caught up with the new manager to ask his initial thoughts on joining the club:
At first I found myself feeling very excited to be a part of such a successful football club and team. I then started to think about the job at hand and the many questions I had. How many players will we retain? Who do I need alongside me in terms of coaching staff? How many new signings will we have to make? The questions were and still are frequently popping into my head!
When did Paul apply for the job and what were his feelings after meeting the Chairman?
I contacted Tony on the nineteenth of May and after our meeting I felt this was a club looking to develop young players for the future; and looking to give young players a route into adult football. I personally believe that development of young players is the way forward for the future of football, so the philosophy and ideas that Tony & the club have appealed to me
What has been his football career to date?
I started playing football aged eleven, which feels like a lifetime ago now, & played my last competitive match at the age of forty! I played at a number of pro clubs up to the age of nineteen & when I moved back to Milton Keynes I started playing at a number of local clubs, one of those being Buckingham Athletic. I then took a much needed rest from football for a number of years until my son started playing and for the past five years I have been involved with Tattenhoe FC as a coach
So what’s the immediate plan for the summer, and what coaches is he likely to bring in to help?
The immediate plan is to evaluate the number of current players we will retain and to assess how many new players will be needed to fill the squad. We will hold trial sessions and friendly games to draw the attention of local players, who wish to test themselves in the Allied Counties Youth League. I intend on having a coaching team of three to four coaches, including myself, one of those I already have lined up is Chris Dawson. We have worked together at Tattenhoe for the last five years, so I am over the moon that Chris has agreed to join me at Buckingham Athletic
Does Paul have any experience of the ACYL?
I have no experience of the Allied Counties Youth League but I have heard good things about the standard and that it is very competitive, competitiveness runs in my veins! I am expecting every game to be a test for the players and coaches this season. Bring it on!
What are the targets for the season ahead?
Good question, and one that I can’t really answer in full until I meet up with the squad. From a coaching point of view the targets will be built around the group of players we put together for the season, once we have had the chance to get to know them and their personalities, but they will be mainly about developing each player as an individual and the team as a group. A personal target for myself will be to see how many of the squad are pushing for adult football throughout the season, whether that’s the development team or the first team
In terms of the squad, how many can be retained and how many can the new manager bring in?
We know we will lose more than half the current squad due to their age; I will find out later this week who we will retain from last season. We know we need to bring in a large number of players for the coming season, but the plans are to advertise once we finalise trial session dates and friendly matches
What best describes the way Paul manages, and the way he likes his teams to play?
My personal philosophy is to provide a learning environment that will allow all players to develop, to be able to make decisions and be creative in their own style and pace. In terms of my playing style, when in possession I like to play out from the back as much as possible, passing through midfield into the wide areas whilst being creative, retaining the ball where possible and play with patience in the right areas of the pitch, & to have every player looking to receive the ball whilst looking to be creative & confident in possession. Press the ball as team to reduce space and to minimise the opponent’s time on the ball, defend as a team but also have the confidence in their team mates in a one versus one situation, also frustrate your opponents by denying them space in key areas of the pitch
Finally, what messages are there for the people of Buckingham Athletic & any players looking to join?
I am excited about the new challenge ahead of me and I am really looking forward to working with Buckingham Athletic as club, knowing they are driving to develop youth football within the local areas. For any under eighteen players that are looking to challenge themselves this season in the Allied Counties Youth League, there will be some adverts going out in the near future. Please do come down to the sessions, and don’t forget your shin pads!
Sports Shots would like to thank Paul for his time this week