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Coaching in Education

Football in schools, colleges and universities

Since the government made a major announcement on School PE & Sport, which will see a £150m per annum investment into Primary Schools ring fenced for the provision of high quality PE & Sport. The Football Association has committed to creating a PE & Coaching in Education Unit to support those delivering association football in an Educational setting.

The Association for PE (afPE) has clear guidance on workforce qualifications for coaches working in the school environment. In partnership with 1st4Sport Qualifications we have developed a bespoke vocational qualification providing a recognised professional learning pathway for coaches.

The current PE National Curriculum can be seen here. 

Teacher CPD

Does your school require bespoke teacher workshops, inset around teaching football and invasion games in PE Lessons?

This could include:

- Principles of teaching invasion games
- Teaching football in the new National Curriculum
- Developing Cross Curriculum links through football
- Inclusion and differentiation through football
- Running the School Team

The FA Primary Teacher’s Award

This course is a 6hr course designed for existing primary teachers and trainee teachers to enhance both their confidence and subject knowledge in teaching football in PE and SS environments.

This practical course enables candidates to explore aspects of physical education such as developing physical literacy, the principles of teaching and learning through invasion games, and organising and managing games to promote learning and enjoyment for all pupils.

The course can be delivered in one day or as 2 x3 hr workshops. The course is free for teachers/trainees and for the institution hosting the course (a practical venue is required). Candidates will receive a certificate and access to FA web resources.



It is not compulsory to complete this course although it is highly recommended if you want to improve your Physical Education teaching skills. 

Any adult supporting teachers in a physical education or school sport capacity should be qualified to a Level 2 National Governing Body (NGB) Award and working towards a Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (L3CSDPESS) or equivalent.

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