Learn more about Darren Pratt, our Youth NPL Under 14s coach and one of our 2020 Club Trademarks Award winners!
How did you first get involved in football?
I first started playing as a four year old down at my local association club – Emu Plains (Nepean Association). I would look to find teams that needed extra players and would play as many games as possible every Saturday morning.
How did you first get involved with Northern Tigers?
My son Josh was selected in the Tigers 18’s in 2020 and after some conversations with Jason Eagar I was offered the opportunity to coach the Youth 13’s that season. I absolutely loved it and thankfully got the opportunity again this season!
Which clubs have you previously been involved with?
I was involved with the Central Coast Mariners Academy for a few years in both the Senior Women’s and then in the Boys Youth.
What do you like most about Northern Tigers as a club?
The club culture is second to none. Everyone is always prepared to help you no matter what. No group is treated any different to the other irrespective of whether it is Men’s/Women’s, Girls/Boys or SAP. We are all equal – I love that!
How would you describe your coaching philosophy?
My coaching philosophy is based on values; building a positive team culture that creates an environment where players are prepared to work hard for each other, are disciplined both on and off the field, but most importantly are able to enjoy the environment we create as a group. Part of this philosophy is to be the best mentor I possibly can. It is not always about the football – What can I do to be a positive influence on that player? How can I contribute to making their experience a positive one in the hope they carry that forward in all aspects of their life?
What is your best football memory?
I have got so many good memories from playing, coaching and watching. From my playing days it would probably be being named Player of the Tour when I went to the UK and was singled out by Brian Clough with a couple of other lads. I would also say playing Over 35’s comps with my mates. And then watching my three children (Lucy, Hannah and Josh) fall in love with the game as youngsters and all still playing today.
Do you have a favourite club / player? Who/why?
Tottenham (Yes I am frustrated!). Messi – no explanation needed. Locally – Northern Tigers of course: Shev Adeli because he always gets his RPE in on time!
What do you enjoy the most about being involved in football?
Undoubtedly the friendships you form over the seasons/years that last forever!