Students at the academy have recently received some expert football coaching and have been supporting the ambitions of Syrian ex-professional footballer and refugee Fayd Saleh, as he has been training some of our aspiring young goalkeepers in their PE sessions.
Mr Saleh, 31, who resettled in Mansfield in late 2015 with his young family, is currently extending his learning in sports development at Vision West Nottinghamshire College to support his coaching qualifications. As part of his course, Fayd has linked with Queen Elizabeth’s Academy and, during the past month, selected students have been improving their goalkeeping technique and team skills under his tuition.
Mr Bradford, PE teacher at the academy said, “Fayd has great experience and his coaching has enabled our students’ skills to improve in a very short space of time. All students who have been learning from him have been welcoming and engaging, and all have great respect for him as a sportsman and person. We have been delighted that he is enjoying these sessions and has been able to share his knowledge and his inspirational story with us.”
Before leaving Syria in 2013 and his subsequent move to the UK, Fayd was a goalkeeper for one of Syria's biggest clubs Al-Karamah. He achieved several domestic honours and took part in the Asian Champions League and AFC Cup campaigns before accepting playing and coaching roles in United Arab Emirates and Jordan.