In contemporary culture it is unheard of for valued services to be left in the hands of unqualified individuals or fledgling organisations. Faced with the importance of such choice, up-to-date qualifications, kitemarks and evidence of results are seen as a necessity; with status and standing a preference. Why, therefore, isn’t the suitability of those entrusted to ‘coach’ your son or daughter, or the players at your club, afforded the same scrutiny? They are, after all, in a position of authority and influence, playing a part in shaping experience and behaviour.
The FA Coaches Club for Licensed Coaches
In August, 2011, The FA Coaches Club for Licensed Coaches was launched.
Through commitment to continued professional development, up-to-date learning and adherence to good practice, 'Licensed Football Coaches' will stand for reliance, trust and credibility within the game. Clubs, players and parents will have the assurance that their coach is suitably qualified and trained to manage a coaching programme.
What is an FA Licensed Football Coach?
An FA licensed football coach has met the criteria necessary to be given a license to coach from The FA. This means the coach will:
- Hold a recognised and valid English/ UEFA coaching qualification
- Have an FA enhanced Criminal Relations Bureau (CRB) check
- Commit to a minimum level of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) every year
- Retain in-date Safeguarding Children and Emergency Aid certificates
- Join The FA Coaches Club for Licensed Football Coaches.
Why should I become a licensed football coach?
With the playing styles, systems and trends of the modern game constantly evolving, licensed coaches will gain access to latest developments in the game, furthering their own knowledge and understanding to help their players meet the demands of the modern game. Through a culture of ongoing learning and development, coaches own self-esteem will be elevated, giving individuals the knowledge that their adopted coaching methods, styles and practices are ethically sound and meet the requirements of the modern game. The FA Licensed Coaches scheme provides coaches with the continuous training necessary to handle the growing demands of the game at every level.
The FA Licenced Coaches Website is here
You should also look at being a member of the Hampshire FA Coaches Association