LINCOLNSHIRE FA: New courses support grassroots coaches

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  • Monthly column by Lincolnshire FA - written by football development officer Chris Funnell
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The FA has announced revised Level 1 and Level 2 in Coaching Football courses.

The new qualifications have been available since August 1 and are designed to modernise the first steps of The FA’s coaching pathway.

The purpose of the new courses is to create a clear introduction to this pathway, that is aimed at people who want to coach as a volunteer at community club level or aspire to make football coaching a career.

Both Level 1 and Level 2 courses have evolved to help address the requirements of the modern game, and have been structured so coaches can enjoy a more flexible and personal learning experience.

Lasting up to four days, the majority of the Level 1 course is spent developing the required coaching skills on the pitch, with supportive tasks now available digitally.

Crucially, coaches will now be able to enjoy structured one-to-one guidance, from Level 1 and beyond.

We want to support grassroots coaches within Lincolnshire ensuring they can develop, improve and learn as a coach while enjoying their football. These new courses reflect our ambition to help them achieve that.

The new Level 2 course lasts 10 days over three different blocks of learning and has been re-shaped to better reflect what’s required to coach specifically within youth football. It combines content from the existing FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football, with elements of The FA Youth Award Modules 1 & 2. It has been put together with new content from The FA’s coach competency model.

Both qualifications have been modernised to help ensure there is a consistency in how coaching courses will be delivered at both the grassroots and elite end of the game – from Level 1 to Pro Licence – linking coaching modules to The FA’s England DNA philosophy. Anybody over 16 wanting to learn the basic skills of coaching football can apply.

The modern-day coach is continuingly evolving and the changes in the FA coaching pathway represent a significant shift in helping us develop the quality of our grassroots coaching in Lincolnshire and the country.

The new Level 1 course provides more individual guided support throughout, and will help the coaches develop an understanding of their own ability, as well as having more football specific content around principles of attacking and defending play to support grassroots coaches with going back into their clubs.

Many coaches have a real enthusiasm and aspiration to work in the game and continue their way through the coaching pathway. By taking the key elements of the previous Level 2 and Youth Award courses, we are enabling them to do that. The new Level 2 content is delivered in three blocks and allows coaches to take the full Level 2 course or complete each block as and when they so desire, allowing each individual coach to learn at their own pace.

We know that the grassroots game around Lincolnshire has a number of talented young players in the system, and we want to be able to increase that with more quality coaches working with them in youth football.

We want to support grassroots coaches within Lincolnshire ensuring they can develop, improve and learn as a coach while enjoying their football. These new courses reflect our ambition to help them achieve that.

If you have any queries about the new coaching pathway, contact chris.funnell@lincolnshirefa.com