Changes to Coach Education
FA Education are committed to supporting football coaches in the role that they do, at every level of the game. As part of their new 4-year strategy to further improve support to coaches and the game, from April 2021 FA Education will take on full responsibility for delivering all coach education.
This change coincides with improvements FA Education are making to the ways through which coaches can learn. In addition to face-to-face support delivered by the Grassroots coach development team and the tutor-learner interactions that underpin many of the courses, new digital learning opportunities are being introduced to give coaches the option to pick and choose learning that interests them and undertake it at a time that suits them.
This modernised offer which utilises digital means in addition to the traditional face to face and pitchside sessions will open up more learning opportunities for coaches and help develop a culture of on-going learning.
Will any existing courses be affected?
The first grassroots courses to be redeveloped and launched in April 2021 will be:
• FA Level 1
• Safeguarding Children Workshop
• Introduction to First Aid in Football
We are working with FA Education to support all learners who have started, but have yet to complete one of these qualifications, and will be contacting all relevant learners to highlight their options.
What does this mean for the County FA?
In the short-term we are going to be working with FA Education on the transition of existing learners, but our long-term focus will be on coach development. Our aim will be to ensure our clubs receive the support they need to enable their coaches to provide great sessions for their players.
From next year we’ll also be working with FA Education to deliver an exciting programme of learning opportunities across a range of topics relevant to our coaches and the grassroots game.
What happens now?
Due to the impact of Covid-19, we will be unable to run any new coach education courses in Nottinghamshire until FA Education take responsibility for the programme in April 2021.
We understand some of you will be disappointed by this but after a thorough risk assessment and considering local circumstances we feel this is the best decision for our county. We will however be completing the UEFA B course and Level 2 Block 2 courses that had started.
If you were looking to start your coaching journey, we’d recommend you complete The FA Playmaker
as a starting point.
We are working with FA Education to support any learner that has started but not finished a qualification and we will be contacting anyone in this situation to highlight their options and help them through.
We will contact all learners currently working towards a qualification to confirm their options for completing their course.