Online Learning Update

Grassroots Football Learning Opportunities on YouTube

Essex Clubs, Referees and Coaches Access Online Support

An extended wealth of educational programmes can be accessed on our YouTube channel as members of the grassroots community access a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions and online learning content.

Amongst the many features of the channel are club development webinars, individual videos and longer-running features, which can all be found at the ‘EssexFA’ portal. The YouTube channel provides access to online development from the comfort of home, at a convenient time.

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. Referees are also able to watch content relating to keeping fit at home, on and off-field communication, effective pre-match talks and transitioning from youth to adult football.

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
* 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 here. The Boot Room is free-to-access and open to all coaches, either by visiting the website here or by clicking on the ‘Learning’ tab on

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