Meet the TTFC Academy Development Lead

Dale is the Thurlby Tigers Academy Development Lead.

Dale Falkner


Customer Service Manager, WestRock, Bourne.

​Position Held for the Club

Academy Coach, U7’s Coach, U8’s Coach

Length of Time in Position

3 years.

What do you enjoy most / least about the role you play for the club?

Most – I enjoy coaching the children & seeing a session flow without much interruption.

Least – The early Saturday morning starts!

​Coaching Qualifications

A Level 2 Coaching Badge, Futsal Level 1

​Why did you join Thurlby Tigers FC?

I was looking for club with a fun and safe environment for my children as they became old enough to learn the basics of football; and Thurlby Tigers provide that safe and fun environment.

How long have you been associated to and volunteering for the club?

3 Years.

​What is your favourite Tigers memory?

Seeing my daughter score her first goal and not knowing which direction to run in to celebrate!

​What Professional Team do you Support?

Liverpool FC.

​Who did / do you play football for?

Stamford AFC, Bourne Town, Pointon F.C, Edenham & Morton.

​Biggest game you’ve ever played in or coached?

Biggest game I have played in was Stamford AFC U18’s vs Ipswich Town U18’s when Ipswich were in the Premier League – we lost.

​Coaching or Playing? And Why?

Coaching as coaching is much more rewarding when you see that drill in training pay off and the children make those passes to score that goal or put that last ditch tackle in.

​Who is/was your footballing hero?

Robbie Fowler.

​What three things would you take on a desert island and why?
  • Sun cream – because I’m going to need plenty of that!
  • A football – so I can master beach football.
  • A fishing rod – as it’s not all about football.
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