Daniel Barlow’s coaching journey is very impressive. His CV is stacked with hundreds of hours of coaching experience in primary schools as well as a six month coaching stint in America, the teenager from Kirkdale has already started to establish himself as well rounded, mature sports coach.
Following an outstanding two years studying at De La Salle Academy in Liverpool, Daniel graduated in late May 2015. His future aspirations were to gain an apprenticeship facilitated by LLS for a September start. In the meantime he had three months to prepare for the world of work in the sports and education sector and gained himself a coaching role in America working on behalf of Challenger Sports.
America Summer 2015
It was a summer that would change Daniel’s coaching journey for the better. Three months worth of coaching each and every day. A fantastic opportunity to sample a different culture, learn from more experienced coaches and teachers and do so in a much warmer climate!
Based in New York, Daniel quickly became a lead coach in his area. Constantly wanting to learn and improve. The coaching fanatic breezed through sessions and became very popular amongst the American children.

Daniel’s popularity spread and his hard work and dedication to the camp was rewarded with an offer of an additional 3 month contract extension.
‘At first I could not believe my luck. I really wanted to stay in America but I also wanted to start as an apprentice back home in September. After speaking to the team at LLS they assured me it would be beneficial to gain more experience then return home with a stronger CV. I didn’t give it a second thought.’
Daniel remained in America until November 2015 and was able to take in all the sites around NFB_IMG_1454861085577ew York city in between his busy coaching schedule.
Daniel’s journey entered its sixth month. A brilliant learning period which enabled him to develop a professional network and countless friends for life.
Time to return to Liverpool
Less than 48 hours after landing he was in the Headteachers office speaking about a potential apprenticeship Belle Vale Primary School. Daniel impressed and was asked to start the same week.
The following morning he arrived to work and began to share his experiences from his summer adventure with the staff and children at Belle Vale Primary. The school where seven years ago LLS delivered its very first session.
I was delighted to start an apprenticeship at Belle Vale Primary School. I know how important the school is to LLS with it being their very first site.’
One month into his apprenticeship, Daniel had already become part of the fantastic learning environment with involvement both inside and outside of the classroom.
‘I have really enjoyed learning from the staff at the school. I am assisting during classroom lessons as well as delivering numerous sports throughout the day. I feel like a real member of the school team and everyone has made me feel welcome.’
Daniel has shown a high level of maturity during the primary stages of his apprenticeship. He has certainly had a positive impact around the school.
Check back in with us next week for part two of Daniel’s story. We hear from the Headteacher of Belle Vale Primary School and get an update of a possible new opportunity for Daniel.

Back to News

LLS Subscribe