10 years under the belt for football trio
Three members of the Football department are celebrating a decade of service this year.
Jordan Southgate, Jordan King, and Lewis Plowman joined as youth training coaches in 2010 and have gone on to be key members of the football team.
As coaches they have received a broad education over the years, each showing versatility to deliver in different settings such as schools, disability sessions, and with promising young footballers, where they are now all currently involved.
Former Norwich City Academy player Jordan Southgate is the Foundation’s Senior Football Development Manager and oversees the lead staff on both the male and female programmes. Jordan is also the First Team Manager at Wroxham Football Club, who play in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division.
Jordan King became the Football Development Manager for U13-U16 boys last year after moving over from the Education team. He is a member of Jordan Southgate’s first team squad at Wroxham FC.
Lewis Plowman had a spell with the Foundation’s Disability department, before moving over to Football and leading the Girls’ and Women’s programme. He has now moved into the role of Football Operations Manager. Lewis is a member of the coaching team at Gorleston FC in the same division as Wroxham.
Ian Thornton praised Jordan, Jordan, and Lewis for their time with CSF:
“All three have been involved with the Foundation and the Football Club from a very young age. They are excellent real life role models and their progression clearly shows we have an effective proven pathway in place for all local young people.
“Within their roles and responsibilities, they are making a big difference helping male and female players both on and off the pitch.
“This should give real encouragement to those starting out on, or looking to sign-up for, our current apprenticeship programme as it shows that there are real opportunities to progress with the Foundation if you have the right drive and qualities.”
Gavin Coe, Head of Operations added:
“Jordan S has been a super member of staff for the Foundation, whose drive has led our football programme to the next level for all our boys and girls.”
“Coaching Jordan K at 14 and then working with him for the last 10 years has been an absolute pleasure and he is an integral part of our football programme.”
“Since his work experience Lewis has shown some great skills that have helped to improve our football delivery in the community. He continues to play a major role in the programme’s logistics.”