If you have ever thought about getting into coaching to develop and motivate players, we can help you become an FA-qualified coach.

What does ‘FA Qualified’ mean?

FA Learning is the education strand of the FA which has the responsibility of retaining, growing and increasing the standard of the football workforce to have a positive impact on the game.

The aim of FA Learning is to offer professional and accredited training, enhancing the skills of our existing workforce and inspiring and developing the next generation of coaches and referees. We understand the importance of offering recognised, formal qualification pathways which encourage lifelong learning and personal responsibility for each individual to manage their own professional development.

The purpose of FA Learning:

  • To raise the standards of Coach Education and performance through high quality education programmes
  • To measure the quality of coaching and the impact it has on the development of players
  • To train and provide career progression for all football disciplines resulting in an increased number of qualified practitioners
  • To retain and grow the existing football workforce
  • To continuously improve FA Learning through evaluating our current programmes

Who can go on a coaching course?

Just about anyone. The FA coaching courses are suitable for parents who have no knowledge of football and just want to learn how to deliver a safe and effective coaching session for their child’s team, through to people who are working towards coaching as a career.

The only rule is you have to be at least 16 to take part in a course.

What courses can I take?

There are many coaching and referee courses available, the FA have recently updated the Coaching Pathway to become more in line with the modern day game. Click here to find out about the New Coaching Pathway, or to find out what courses Notts FA offer visit our 'Notts FA Courses' page and to find out which is best suited to you visit our 'Which Course is right for you' page.

Where do the courses take place?

We appreciate one venue does not fit all for a county as big as Nottinghamshire. This is why we try to offer courses which are spread throughout the county to give everyone an equal opportunity to be able to find a course which suits their needs. To find a course near you, visit our 'Book on a Course' page where we advertise all courses currently available at Notts FA.


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