THE FA announced revised Level 1 and Level 2 Coaching Football courses in 2016.
The new qualifications were available from August 1st 2016 and are designed to modernise the first steps of The FA’s coaching pathway.
The purpose of the new courses is to create a clear introduction to this pathway that is aimed at people who want to coach as a volunteer at community club level or aspire to make football coaching a career.
Both Level 1 and Level 2 courses have evolved to help address the requirements of the modern game, and have been structured so coaches can enjoy a more flexible and personal learning experience.
Lasting up to 22 hours, which would be spread over several sessions, the majority of the Level 1 course is spent developing the required coaching skills on the pitch, with supportive tasks now available digitally.
Crucially, coaches will now also be able to enjoy mentor support, from Level 1 and beyond.
Worcestershire FA Senior Football Development Officer, Martin Collier spoke about the Coaching workforce in the county.
"We have a fabulous team of tutors who will be delivering the courses. We also have a great team of coaches in the FA skills and mentoring teams."
“Over the coming months I will be working with our tutors and coaches and the team to look at how we can support learners through the coaching education pathway and how we can maximize support through our Coaching Network, Skills programme, Mentor scheme and various other programmes across the county.”
The new Level 2 course lasts ten days over three different blocks of learning and has been re-shaped to better reflect what’s required to coach specifically within youth football.
It combines content from the existing FA Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football, with elements of The FA Youth Award Modules 1 & 2. It has been put together with new content from The FA’s coach competency model.
Both qualifications have been modernised to help ensure there is a consistency in how coaching courses will be delivered at both the grassroots and elite end of the game – from Level 1 to Pro Licence – linking coaching modules to The FA’s England DNA philosophy. Anybody over 16 wanting to learn the basic skills of coaching football can apply.
Worcestershire FA Football Development Administrator Lynne Williams, who organises on all courses within Worcestershire, commented on the new pathway.
She said: “Football is constantly evolving and the way we coach must move along with this. The FA has been well renowned for its education programme and the new coaching pathway reaffirms this idea.
"We wish every coach the best of success in the new pathway”.
If you possess a current FA Level 1 or 2 and Youth Module Awards your qualifications will remain valid.
Please click here to view the new FA Coach Education Pathway or for a full list of FAQs please click here
Worcestershire FA is currently working to develop the new learning programme for the 2016-17 season. If you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact Lynne Williams on either 01905 827137 ext. 209 or alternatively at firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, the new coaching pathway has been incorporated into the new FA Charter Standard criteria that was released at the start of the 2015-16 season.
The ‘How we Coach’ module in the new FA Level 2 will be equivalent to the FA Youth Module 1 and the ‘Future Player’ and ‘How we support’ modules will be equivalent to FA Youth Module 2. Therefore this will follow the same requirements and timeline for new and existing clubs to meet the new FA Charter Standard Criteria.
A document which highlights the changes and outlines the FA Charter Standard Criteria can be found at the bottom of the page.
If you have any questions related to Charter Standard, please contact Worcestershire FA Lead Football Development Administrator Jacquie Owers at email@example.com or call 01905 827137 ext. 205