Online Learning Update

Grassroots Football Online Learning Opportunities

Support for Essex Clubs, Referees and Coaches on YouTube

Looking for online learning content from the comfort of your own home? Members of the grassroots football community are benefiting from development opportunities, at a convenient time, thanks to the Essex County FA YouTube channel.

Continuing Professional Development (CPDs) and club development webinars are just some of the features on the channel. Individual videos, as well as longer-running features, can be accessed via the ‘EssexFA’ portal, providing access to an extended wealth of educational programmes.

By visiting, coaches and volunteers can glimpse into popular courses such as FA Playmaker, plus educational support, while safeguarding, marketing, community engagement and funding videos are also included. You can additionally find intriguing referee scenarios and interviews with ambitious Essex referees.

Plus, The FA have recently launched their own ‘FA Learning’ portal, which has been set-up to offer coaches a new way to brush-up on new ideas. Open to any coach, at any level, it provides a range of content across various ‘playlists’ and the activities are created by FA Education staff up and down the country, featuring interviews with leading coaches.

One of FA Learning’s features is the ‘Boot Room’ portal, where coaches can find interesting articles, interviews, ideas and resources. A wide range of football content is being shared to help support individuals to incorporate innovative practices into their sessions, developing both themselves and their players. The Boot Room also features additional learning, such as:

* In the Coaching section, more than 90 sessions, guides and top tips have been published which are all easily searchable. Select a topic you’re interested in and see relevant articles, sessions and guides.
* The Interviews area has insights from over 40 of the biggest names across football. While in the ‘Courses’ section, you can browse FA learning opportunities and find the next step on your coaching journey.
* There’s also a dedicated news page for coaching updates, and a new home for support initiatives such as the FA Coach Mentor programme, coach bursaries and Elite Coach Menteeship opportunities.
* The England DNA is also on the Boot Room. It’s easier than ever before to discover the coaching and playing principles which support all England teams.

You can subscribe to the Essex County FA YouTube channel by following this link, while the new FA channel is available via this link. Meanwhile, the Boot Room is free-to-access and open to all coaches, either by visiting FA Learning or by clicking on the ‘Learning’ tab on the FA website.

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