Free Training for Active Grassroots Football Roles
Individuals can now register their interest to be amongst the first to hear about the new FA Playmaker Course when it goes live in April, enabling access to free entry-level training for volunteers in the grassroots game.
Supported by BT, FA Playmaker is open to anyone aged 14 or over, it's completely free, all online and requires no previous football experience or qualifications to join. Once signed up, learners will be introduced to the 'brilliant basics' for making safe, fun and inclusive football happen at a grassroots level. Over five online modules, learners will discover how to:
*make football 'For All'
*connect with their players
*create fun sessions
*keep football safe
*take their next step
The FA appreciate individuals may not want to take a supporting role and may see themselves as leading activity at a grassroots club, centre, or programme. So, while the modules won't quite make them eligible for leading roles, the course creates the option of becoming an FA Lead Playmaker. This is a step on from the modules and involves taking these extra qualifications:
*FA Safeguarding Children Workshop
*FA Introduction to First Aid in Football
*DBS Check (required if intending to lead sessions with under 18s)
Once they've been completed, FA Lead Playmakers will be eligible for lead volunteer roles within FA participation programmes - such as at Wildcats and Just Play Centres - and at grassroots clubs. Sign-up also means being entered into a free prize draw to win either tickets to the FA Community Shield, a signed England shirt or a Playmaker training kit bundle worth up to £250.
To be amongst the first to hear when FA Playmaker goes live, interest can be registered via E-Mail updates. Sign-up, or find out more, at www.thefa.com/playmaker.