Stuart How – President
So I started my journey in grassroots football as a coach back when I was 17 years old. I was actually playing for the Youth team at Halesowen Town and The Colts’ current Head Coach Bobby Glaze was my coach at the time. I had always been keen to get into coaching, and The Colts who I had previously played for as a junior player, were looking for someone to run their new under 9’s team. So a couple of my teammates and I at the time put ourselves forward to run the team very early on, found a huge passion for coaching, and started what has been a great journey in grassroots. I stayed with that team for almost 8 years and enjoyed every single minute. I watched them transform from children into young me and during that time saw them develop into fine footballers both individually and collectively.
After a few years away from grassroots, my stepson had got to an age where he wanted to play football, so I started taking him back to my roots at HTC to their development centre; it was there that eventually, after some persuading, I decided to start again and run the new under 7’s. The past four seasons have been quite remarkable, and I was so lucky to work with such a gifted group of boys. And because of their talent and the way we run the side, we have attracted more and more boys along the way. They have come so far in the four years from almost baby’s really at 4/5 years old to national champions at 10, and I am still as passionate and excited about their development as I was four years ago. We have seen four of our boys move on and now play academy football, and I’m sure there will be many more to follow.
Contact details: halesowentowncolts@hotmail
Nicola Parsons – Chair Person
A Nottingham Forest Fan (please don’t hold this against me) but a secret Villa fan as the hubby is one! I have been interested in football for far too many years to say. I love football, but more importantly, I am interested in children’s physical development and well-being, so they enjoy sport and play with a smile on their faces. As a PE teacher, I started in Marketing, where I managed and supported one of the largest children’s physical development programmes in the UK for over 12 years. Like many of us, our children become involved in sports, and this is how I became involved in Grassroots football three years ago. Helping to support a new team set us was a challenge but reinvigorated my passion for football again. I am sure many people would say that I spend too much time as a football volunteer, but my passion is to build a strong club with the best training facility around with the rest of the committee members.
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Paul Broughton – Vice Chair
Assistant Manager (Coach) to U11’s team playing in both the Junior Premier League on a Saturday and the SDYFL on a Sunday. I hold an FA Level 1 coaching qualification. Having started in 2014, I hit the ground running, thrust into a new grassroots football environment. At the outset, I had no idea how rewarding an experience this could be. We have had ups and downs, but the experience has all been good, resulting in the greatest achievement of been crowned JPL National Champions last season. We have had many of our players trial at academies around the Midlands, four of which have been signed and are currently representing League clubs.
Kevin Whitehouse – Club Secretary (The Backbone)
I am a 42-year-old business analyst from Birmingham, moving to live in Halesowen 11 years ago. I have been involved in grassroots football since 2014, where I managed my sons’ team at Halas Hawks for two seasons before moving to Halesowen Town Colts and taking on the role of Club Secretary. I have been heavily involved in the great successes we have seen at the club over the last 2 years.
The first year in the role saw the club secure its first-ever ‘Development Charter Standard Club’ status and successfully register the club in the elite NERF Junior Premier League, grassroots footballs ONLY national league.
We have grown our club to 17 teams, competing in all age groups across 2 different leagues, with our teams now training at our central training facility at Leasowes Sports Centre.
Phil George – Club Welfare Officer
Club Welfare Officer and also manager to U14’s South team in which my son plays. I hold an FA Level 2 qualified coach qualification, FA certificate as a club welfare officer, and a real passion for grassroots football.
I have proudly seen some of my players play in various academies and development centres around the Midlands (Wolves, WBA & Stoke City, to name a few), all of which had great foundations from their time in Halesowen Town Colts. I am always floating around at Leasowes on Thursday evenings, where my team and the U7 also do.
Julie Evans – Assistant Club Welfare Officer
My grassroots journey started in 2016 when my son joined the Under 7s team. I took on the role of team secretary and soon became involved in supporting the players, coaches, and parents. From then I followed and enjoyed the games as a parent.
My personal background in sport and coaching has given me a good perspective and appreciation for grassroots football. I believe there is more to ‘just coaching young players. A whole team including parents, ‘shape and form their child’ whilst having fun at the same time. As a development club, we share the sentiment of being passionate about the wellbeing of the children through the enjoyment of the game.
I have continued to take on roles such as respect officer and sharing these duties with other parents. More recently I was welcomed on to the committee as Club Welfare Officer with my sights set on supporting every member of Halesowen Town Colts Football Club.
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Robert ‘Bobby’ Glaze – Head Coach
My name is Rob Glaze, but the football family calls me ‘Bobby.’ I have coached since I retired from playing for over 28 years. I am currently Head Coach at Halesowen Town Colts. I have coached at three academies over a ten-year period. I have coached at Aston Villa, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Birmingham City. The experience that I have gained from working at these clubs has been invaluable for me as a coach, and I would like to think that I have passed some of this knowledge onto the many coaches I have had the privilege to work with. I am currently a UEFA ‘B’ licensed Coach, and I also hold the FA Youth Award. I am also a current member of the PFA (Professional Footballers Association).
My playing career started when I was a young lad of ten years old, when I played for my school team, I then later on when I was 13, I got chosen to play for the district team, which was Brierley Hill and Dudley School Boys, I then got selected to play for the county side, which was Worcestershire, which I represented for 2 years.
I then got spotted playing for Brierley Hill & Dudley Schoolboys by a scout from Aston Villa; I signed schoolboy forms. I signed as an apprentice professional at the age of 15, but I was released from my contract and then went to play in non – league, where I played for Halesowen Town, Worcester City, Stourport Swifts, Bilston Town, and Dudley Sports.
I have always been in love with the game, and I decided, when I had retired from playing, I would like to go into coaching and put something back into the game. So I could hopefully give up and coming young players some of the experiences I had, and I would like to think I have achieved that in some way.
Jonathan Taylor – Club treasurer, manager, and team treasurer of Halesowen Town Colts Blue under 10
Like most volunteers within grassroots clubs, I became involved with the club when my son was asked to play for a team a little over 3 years ago, which brought me back to the club where my first affiliation started nearly 30 years prior.
I currently hold an FA Level 2 coaching qualification, which I always like to keep progressing further. I will be added to shortly for personal development and help gain further knowledge, skills, and tools to help develop those that I coach.
If I’m not found on the touchline with our under 10’s, I shall be somewhere around the Midlands supporting one of our other Halesowen Town Colts teams and or supporting one of our many coaches within the club.
I have a great love of football, and most of my spare time is associated with the game in one way or another, whether it be playing, coaching, attending courses, watching premier league, non-league, or grassroots matches, so it is great to support and enhance that same passion other have for the game.
Rick Cox – Assistant Club Secretary, Assistant Manager to U12’s and Goal Keeping Coach
I think, like most grassroots coaches, my journey started almost by accident when my son became part of a group of 7-year olds who were to become the new in-take for Halesowen Town Colts FC some 5+ years ago.
From an early stage, I noticed that there was no real focus our attention given to goalkeeper coaching, and most of the kids at that early age had no real interest in being a goalkeeper; they all wanted to be star goal scorers, and the position of goalkeeper was seen to be given to the ‘weaker’ player. I decided to offer some specific keeper training and would take a couple of players at a time and introduce a fun element to what is a crucial position on the pitch; this training soon became very popular within our team, and we now have a couple of very competent keepers who thoroughly enjoy their position.
A couple of years ago, I took my FA Level 1 in goalkeeping & had since had the immense pleasure of coaching some of the other goalkeepers within Halesowen Town Colts.
Alongside a new goal-keeping coach, who has since joined the Halesowen Town Colts family, we will be looking to formulate specific group sessions for all the keepers within Halesowen Town Colts.