Originally Posted by Gloomtastic!
Thanks for doing this. Do you know the teacher we had on last week?
No I don't! It is a small world though. I went to a gaelic session last night and one of the girls in my class from secondary school was there. Was a bit of a surprise to both of us!
Originally Posted by artanevilla
Football coaching is, from what I can see, largely male dominated.
What challenges have you faced firstly in Ireland (generally a progressive Western society) versus a country like the UAE, with not the best human/women's right record?
You may be surprised but I haven't had many challenges put up against me in terms coaching in Ireland. My local club, the part-time jobs I've held and the coaching courses I've attended have all been very open and welcoming. The biggest challenge is being a female on your own in the courses (and the coaching uniforms I got were always too big).
I've always been bull-headed in that regard. I was the only girl playing with boys (GAA) when I was young and that was a theme in college (I did a course that was 90% male) and the coaching courses.
My biggest obstacle in Ireland was actually getting the opportunity to play the game!
Thankfully, I've had no issues with parents having a female coach their son. They've been very welcoming towards me.
However, I had one horrible experience in my short time in Kuwait. There was only 2 females on site as our male coach had to leave to be elsewhere. We had a father come in to speak about signing up his son. He said to us that he didn't want a female coach for his son or any girls in his sons team. He asked us had we played football growing up and we said yes. He laughed and said girls shouldn't be playing football.
Needless to say he didn't get to join.
Originally Posted by thesiegeof
I don't know if you want to divulge this information but what are the wages like out there? You can save a lot?
Do I get the wage and benefits that a teacher gets? No.
Do I make enough to save a decent amount? Absolutely.
Would I get paid this much at home? Not even close.
Originally Posted by HalloweenJack
What differences do you notice in the attitudes of Irish kids and kids in the UAE?
(I may be assuming you teach kids but I think I read that was the case in one of your posts on the matter before.)
You assume correctly. I'm a youth coach and I work with children from the ages of 3(!) up to 10.
The biggest difference on the pitch is physicality. Irish kids get stuck in.
These expat kids and Arabs are slightly more molly-coddled and spoilt and it can show. It's quite something to see a 7 year old basically offended by someone daring to take the ball of him in a physical tussle.
Manners. Irish kids are more mannerly. I'm a VERY mannerly person and one of my goals is to make sure that every child finishes the season with me saying please and thank you on a regular basis.