The very best coaches must be aware of the latest techniques and philosophies involved in coaching the game. The Nottinghamshire FA offer a wide variety of coaching courses for aspiring coaches to work their way through the coaching pathway. There are also many support mechanisms in place through The FA's Licensed Coaches' Club, Nottinghamshire FA Coaching Clinics and The Nottinghamshire Female Coach Education Programme.
The Nottinghamshire FA will be featuring a Coach every month to highlight the work our coaches are undertaking at all levels of the game. First up and sharing her favourite session with us is Amy Buxton!
Thanks for joining us Amy, firstly, tell us a bit about yourself!
No problem! I'm 24 years old and I’ve been coaching since the age of 17. I have been very fortunate that coaching has allowed me to travel to America where I got to coach a range of age groups and work with a varying standard of teams. This massively helped my development as I got to work with some brilliant coaches who all have different experiences in coaching so I learnt a lot. This has helped lead me to my current role as a Football Activator for Nottinghamshire FA. This entails trying to get more people active in football in a variety of sessions such as walking football, male and female turn up and play and futsal to name a few.
How did you get into coaching?
My enthusiasm for coaching started in school when I did my Sports Leaders Award. Once I left school I became an Apprentice Coach at Derby County Community Trust. It was a great balance of coaching and learning and over the course of my time there completed my Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football and FA Coaching Disabled Footballers Course plus more. I then continued my education by going to Nottingham Trent University studying Coaching and Sport Science.
We hear you have some exciting news...
Yes really exciting news, so I recently found out that I have received a bursary for my UEFA B License. It is something I have wanted to do for a while so when I found out about the bursaries I applied and thankfully I have been successful. I’ve now got to wait for the next course.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to become a coach?
Coaching can be so rewarding and the great thing about it is you are constantly learning and improving. The FA Coaching Pathway offers a great range of courses that you can do aside from the conventional level 1, level 2 etc. such as goalkeeping, futsal and disability football and then there are also age-appropriate courses which I would recommend attending like the FA Youth Award Modules. All offer something different and the way they are delivered is that you get to deliver your new ideas with your players and can feedback to your course tutor and get any additional support needed.
What are your aspirations?
I hope that I can be successful in my role at The Nottinghamshire FA and progress as much as possible as I’m not only coaching I’m also getting experience in Football Development. Ultimately I would love to work at a College or High School in America as a football coach. In terms of coaching qualifications I would like to go as far as I possibly can.
Finally Amy, please share your favourite coaching session with us:
This is the Great Escape. I like this activity as it can be easily adapted to suit the needs of varying ages and skill levels:
To see all courses currently on offer from The Nottinghamshire FA, click here!
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For more information on Coaching, or to discuss opportunities near you, contact:
Football Development Officer
The Nottinghamshire FA