Jordan Hadaway – Youngest manager in the UK
Jordan Hadaway caught the coaching bug early on. His main passion is football and the idea of becoming a top coach has inspired him since he joined the LLS course at Flint High School at 16.
His journey so far has been an exceptional one. Jordan is an award-winning coach, has Real Madrid on his CV and has caught the attention of a Premier League manager whilst studying full time at Liverpool Hope University.
We recently caught up with Jordan on Instagram live over at @LLSonline and here is what he had to say…
At just 16, Jordan was awarded “Community Coach of the Year” by the Welsh Football Association
‘Most of my votes came from the parents of children I coached so I was really proud to win such a prestigious award considering there are thousands of coaches doing a great job in Wales.’
At 17, Jordan was selected to volunteer on a UK Real Madrid camp
‘Volunteering with Real Madrid when I was on the LLS course led on to paid work with them. I’ve just returned from Spain where I was learning at their world-famous training ground from legends like Roberto Carlos and Arbeloa. Unbelievable experience.’
At 18, Jordan became the youngest manager in the UK at Caerwys FC
‘I started as joint manager which was a good introduction to management. When I took sole charge, the first game was huge for me as we were getting beaten at half time and I had to make two big substitutions. Fortunately, these changes paid off and we won the game. This really helped win the respect of the players.’
Professional network & Opportunities
‘Following the announcement, it was crazy! I was getting phone calls from the National newspapers, the Ladbible, Give Me Sport and so on. I used this interest as an opportunity to write to all Premier League managers like Carlo Anchilloti and Jurgen Klopp; I couldn’t believe it when Roy Hodgson responded and invited me to Crystal Palace’s training ground.’
Favourite Coach and why?
Eddie Howe – because of what he’s achieved by the age of 39. He’s got a young squad and a great philosophy.
Jordan has enrolled at Liverpool Hope University where he is studying Physical Education and Special Educational Needs.
‘I have enjoyed my first year at LHU. My course is very complimentary to my coaching and I think it will really help me improve and build my knowledge.
I have been able to keep in touch with staff members at LLS HQ too, as it is situated near to the University.’
Tips & Final Thoughts
‘It doesn’t matter how good you are if you don’t put the work in!
Plan where you want to be and put steps in place to achieve your goals.’
At LLS we enjoy hearing about the continued success of all past students. Get in touch to tell us where your coaching journey has taken you.