Paul Gray begins his Nordland Adventure

This week, Englishman Paul William Gray begins his Nordland adventure. He is employed as Bodo / Glimt's new coach for boys 6-12 years.

I have always wanted new challenges, and when I saw that this job was vacant, I became very engaged. I'm really looking forward to this, says Gray in his first day at Aspmyra.

Gray comes from a similar job at the English championship club Preston North End. Nevertheless, it will be a different way of working with children's football in Bodu. The structure is completely different.

In England, players are brought to academies already as 8-year-olds. I like the model in Norway much better, where players are in their local clubs until they are around 12 years old. This suits me perfectly.

Looking forward to seeing the toothbrush in action Since he sent the application to Glimt, he has naturally followed what the all-yellow Norwegians have been up to. Gray has, like most others, been impressed.

I really enjoyed watching this team play football. The attacking game is fantastic, and Aspmyra seems to be a fantastic stadium to watch football at. I look forward to seeing the supporters next year, with the toothbrush and everything, says Gray, and it's easy to see that he's engaged.

Glimt's use of young, self-developed players in particular appealed to the Englishman.- Everything is impressive, but it's fun to see how the club works. All the way from the A-team to children's and youth football. It's a really strong academy.

Gray has been quarantined for ten days in an apartment in the city, and today is the first time he is allowed to go out. Tomorrow he travels home to England for the Christmas holidays, before returning in January

Half a year without a wife and childrenThe first working day in Bodo has largely been spent greeting new colleagues and arranging all the practical things that need to be fixed when moving from England to Norway.

Which is particularly challenging during a global pandemic. At home in England, his wife and children are waiting to get the go-ahead to travel to their new life in the Arctic.

The last thing you want to do is take two little girls with you to a foreign country in the middle of the pandemic. I will be alone for about six months now, I am also looking forward to them coming here, he says.

Gray is far from the only Englishman who works in Bodo / Glimt, but since he will mostly work with children, it is absolutely crucial that he learns the language.

I have already booked in for intensive language courses starting in January. I have practiced a bit in an app, and there I am very good, he brags, but admits that it shuffles when he has to say the words out loud.

Fascinated by mental training Berg, who is the general manager of the children and youth department at Bodo / Glimt, is very pleased to have Gray in place within the walls at Aspmyra.

Gray must immediately hurry on to a meeting with the tax office, but manages to brag a little more about Bodo / Glimt before he runs. I am very fascinated by how the club works with the mental here. They have their own mental trainer, it's cool, he says.

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