It’s still FOOTBALL
Rarely seen at Tower College without a football somewhere near him, it’s no surprise to learn that Dominic has continued his involvement in his beloved sport. Tower College was very fortunate to have such a talented footballer who not only represented the school in perhaps the best side that Tower has ever had but who also gave up a great deal of his time to coach the younger pupils. Dominic gained 10 GCSE’s at Tower and at Carmel College, he achieved A Levels in Physical Education, Maths and Biology.
He has been paying football for 12 years, competing at competing at county level for both St Helens and Merseyside and playing for professional football clubs, Tranmere and Accrington Stanley, from the age of 11 to 16. He also represented Knowsley council at the Dr pepper Dallas international cup in 2016.
But it’s not only as a player that Dominic has excelled. He is currently a Level 5 referee, working towards promotion to level 4. His assessments so far have been “above expectations”. For the past 2 years, he has refereed adult matches in Liverpool and Warrington leagues. Such is his reputation, a company called Soccer Sixes (who run a 6 a-side adult league) have employed his services.
He currently referees six times a week and regularly works at both Liverpool and Everton academies. Just recently, he has been given the opportunity to referee Steven Gerrard’s under 18’s team. And, this season he had the privilege of being an assistant referee for Everton’s first team ladies against Aston Villa’s Ladies.
As part of Dominic’s Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, Dominic set up an after-school football club for the children in Lower School. He has continued to help in the development of younger players and now coaches teams at Prescott Leisure Centre and referees games in a development league for children aged 7-10. Having played at a high level in football, acquiring many different training plans, skills and drills, he is well placed to really make a difference to all the youngsters lucky enough to have him. In the last month, he has become a fully qualified Futsal Coach which opens yet more doors for him.
To top it all off, Liverpool Hope University appointed Dominic to coach football in Abu Dhabi to students aged from five to adult. Following the trip, he was chosen to be an ambassador for the University and ‘the face’ of the Sports Department.
From Hope Park to the Emirates
Below is the article on Liverpool Hope’s website…
BSc Sport and Physical Education 2016 –
We spoke to Dominic Wallis shortly after he arrived home from Abu Dhabi, where he had spent a week coaching children in football skills as part of his Sport and Physical Education course. “It was an amazing experience,” he said. “The weather, the kids and the facilities all made it special.”
So what did he get up to during his week? “It was pretty hard work to be honest. I was there with two other students and we’d spend a lot of time planning the sessions in detail. Then we’d head off to the sports complex and I’d take two sessions, one with children under 12 and the other with children under 14.
“I was given the responsibility of taking groups myself, which was a big deal for me. I wasn’t shadowing anyone but was given complete control. That was a bit overwhelming at first. I wondered whether I’d be able to manage all of these youngsters. They were great though, all very keen and they wanted to learn. It really improved my coaching skills and I think Liverpool FC has some new fans too!”
Now working his way through his first year at Hope, we asked Dominic why he had chosen to study there. “The fact that it’s local to me is a big thing,” he answered, “But when I looked more closely, I was very impressed by the facilities, particularly the laboratories, big indoor sports hall and the new Hope Park Sports Complex.”
Many people are attracted to Hope because it’s a relatively small university. They think that it could possibly offer a more personal experience than larger institutions. So has Dominic found this to be the case?
“Totally,” he said. “With fewer students, you got more individual attention and care. All of my lecturers know my name and know what I want to achieve. They’re always there for you and happy to help you sort out any problems.
“People at Hope want you to succeed and will help you in any way they can. The lecturers are really approachable and you can have a bit of banter with them, which is really nice.
“The thing is, I enjoy going to university. When I get up in the morning, I never get that feeling of having to drag myself in. I can’t wait to get there, see my friends and be part of what’s happening.”
As for the future, it’s too early to say. Dominic is thinking about going on to study for a PGCE and moving into teaching or coaching. He is also working his way through his refereeing levels. “I’m not sure yet,” he said. “But whatever I do will probably have something to do with football.”