Belfast Coach for Cambodian Football Team

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Belfast Coach for Cambodian Football Team

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:02 am

Meet Colum Curtis, the West Belfast coach relishing his first managerial job 7,000 miles from home
Cambodia-based 30-year-old will lead Visakha FC into new C-League campaign this weekend
ByDarren Fullerton 15:54, 10 FEB 2020Updated20:30, 10 FEB 2020

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Meet Colum Curtis, one of Northern Ireland’s freshest-faced and farthest-flung managers.

At only 30 years of age, he is our youngest head coach in full-time employment.

He also happens to be managing on the other side of the world, 7,000 miles from home.

Originally from West Belfast, you’ll now find Colum in an Asian dugout, at the helm of C-League club Visakha FC in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.

It has been quite a journey for the former Irish League player who has also worked as a youth coach in China and under Jim Magilton at the Irish FA.

“Not for a moment did I think that my first managerial job would be in Cambodia,” said Colum. “It's fair to say things have happened very quickly, but it’s been a fantastic experience so far.

“It’s a bit of a sink or swim scenario, but I’m confident in my own ability and I’ve a lot of people I can lean on for advice back home.

“I’ve always been open minded and I view it as a great opportunity to continue learning and hopefully progress as a coach and manager.”

Curtis, who was on the books of several Irish League clubs including Knockbreda, Ards, Loughgall and Bangor, got his first taste of foreign coaching working in China in 2015.

He was appointed assistant director and then director of coaching of a grassroots club based in Beijing and had 16 staff working under him.

“It was really beneficial and a great learning experience in improving my coaching and also managing different people,” said Colum.

The Belfast native has fiancee Sinéad McGee - a teacher specialising in languages and translation - to thank for broadening his football horizons even further last year.

He said: “Sinéad was offered a really good job at an international school in Cambodia back in July and I decided to look up football opportunities here.

“The Cambodian League is a full-time league, it has 12 professional clubs and they didn’t have a lot of foreign coaches, so I thought there might be an opportunity.”
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Re: Belfast Coach for Cambodian Football Team

Post by fazur » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:23 am

CEOCambodiaNews wrote:
Fri Feb 21, 2020 2:02 am
“The Cambodian League is a full-time league, it has 12 professional clubs and they didn’t have a lot of foreign coaches,
i play and i know french, nigerian and other foreign coaches here
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Re: Belfast Coach for Cambodian Football Team

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:16 pm

Conor Nestor, Irish expat coach of the Svay Rieng football team, Preah Khan Reach Svay Rieng, is now on holiday because of coronavirus restrictions : https://www.thesun.ie/sport/football/52 ... ronavirus/
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