New Video Inspires Grassroots Essex Football Coaches
“Develop yourself for the benefit of the people you coach” is the key message behind a new video from the Essex County FA designed to inspire learners to take their first steps into football coaching, and to encourage existing coaches to develop their skills.
With 145 courses and workshops organised last season, educating 860 learners on the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football Course alone, attentions have turned to 2019/20. Over 50 Level 1s will run during the new campaign, with the programme offering a greater volume and variety than ever before. Weekday, evening-only and weekend formats are all planned.
Amongst the highlights of 2018/19 in the Coach Education Department was the delivery of 1,000+ hours of FA Coach Mentor support for exiting coaches, with more than 600 attending free additional learning workshops. 89.7% of all youth teams now also have a qualified coach. Twelve different courses are currently organised by the County FA:
* FA Level 1 in Coaching Football
* FA Level 2 in Coaching Football
* FA Level 3 UEFA ‘B’ in Coaching Football
* FA Level 1 Introduction to First Aid in Football (IFAiF)
* FA Level 2 Emergency First Aid in Football (EFAiF)
* FA Level 1 in Coaching Futsal
* FA Level 2 in Coaching Futsal
* FA Level 1 in Coaching Goalkeepers
* FA Level 2 in Coaching Goalkeepers
* FA Safeguarding Children Workshop
* FA Welfare Officers Workshop
* FA Developing Coaches Through Mentoring
Courses were previously released every six months, but this has been altered to make them more accessible, says Coaching Development Officer, Andrew Crowl: “Our FA Level 1 and 2 courses will now be released in three phases throughout the season. Our current courses were advertised in May, with further provision being added in August and again in the winter.”
The FA Level 2 in Coaching Futsal is a new addition to the range for early 2020, and Andrew continued: “This is a great opportunity for coaches already holding the FA Level 1 in Coaching Futsal to extend their knowledge and understanding of the game. We’re delighted to be hosting this course at the University of Essex in Colchester.”
“This season will also see a wide range of free workshops to support coaches in their role. The first of these will take place on Wednesday 7th August at Chelmsford City FC, delivered by FA Regional Coach Mentor, Graeme Carrick. This particular event is aimed at those coaching 12-16-year-olds. Further opportunities will be available throughout the season.”
The new video can be viewed below, and information on becoming a grassroots football coach, as well as additional learning opportunities for existing coaches and links to the Hive and Boot Room communities, can be found in the 'Coaches' menu above. Information is also shared by @EssexCountyFA and @EssexCoaches on Twitter, and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook.