It would be rude of me to start a blog and not introduce myself to you the readers. So here goes…
My name is Paul Temple and I am a 30 year old full time football coach based in Auckland, New Zealand. I have a few roles in football in New Zealand, I work with the international youth teams in the women’s game, I work as a Football Development Officer (FDO) for the Northern Football Federation in Auckland and also as a senior men’s coach in New Zealand’s premier competitions the ASB Premiership & Oceania Champions League.
I have worked in football all my life, since 16 years of age when I first started my coaching journey, I was born and raised in South East England, in a town called Crawley. At 19 years of age I moved to Auckland, New Zealand to pursue my career in football. It seems strange that someone would move from the footballing hotbed of the UK to the opposite end of the globe and rugby mad New Zealand but as a young coach learning my trade, I’ve been extremely lucky and grateful for the opportunities given to me in my adopted home.
The attraction was to come to a place where football is a growing sport and I could play a meaningful part in that, rather than try and learn in an established, highly competitive football market. I don’t regret my choice to come to NZ, not only is it a beautiful country to live in but has been a fantastic place to learn on the job, be inspired and receive some fantastic mentoring from excellent people in the game.
I got my first big break in NZ at the age of 25 when I was appointed Head Coach of the U17 Women’s National Team. That year (2007) I travelled as part of the coaching team with the Senior Women’s National Team to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in China and a year later (2008) I became the youngest ever coach to lead a team at a FIFA World Cup Event (both male or female) in the inaugural FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand. I have also been lucky enough to be the assistant coach to the U20 Women’s Team at the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Germany 2010 and in 2012 was Head Coach of the U17 Women’s National Team at the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan. My current coaching role is in senior men’s football as assistant coach with Waitakere United in the ASB Premiership.
I am always learning from other coaches, always willing to listen to people’s point of view and always willing to look at myself to try and improve. Coaching is the best job in the world, I love what I do everyday, I love making a difference in players and hope I can continue to do so in the future. I hope you enjoy reading my posts and as you can never know everything I’d be happy to hear from people about anything to do with coaching. Enjoy and all the best.