Back in March when I was booking my round-trip ticket to return to Vietnam for five weeks, all I could think of were my mom, my friends, the soccer kids that I coached, and all the food I missed out on during my time in America. Coming back to coach for the club that gave me the platform to build my career upon was definitely the last thing on my mind, or rather it wasn't on my mind at all! So to be here writing this blog while being a week away from taking 18 soccer players to the 2016 edition of the Bangkok International Supercup is quite special, and I indeed am glad to be back to the place I considered my home.
Coming back to SSA to provide cover coaching, I was greeted by four former players of mine who took me down and sat on me. Obviously wasn't a very nice welcome back, but their intentions were genuine and I felt happy to know that I left the club after making a positive impact on these young players, enough for them to still welcome me back with a positive reception.
Youth coaching is more than just teaching a player to play soccer. It also is about developing a unique bond between the coach and the player, something that really can't be found anywhere else in any other occupation. And that is exactly why I do what I do.
About the Author
Bao "Terry" Cao is currently a coach at Manchester United Foundation and the FA Development Centre for girls. Terry is licensed by both the FA and USSF. He shares his personal experience of being involved in youth soccer as both a coach and an outside viewer.