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What does a Football Coach do?

Football coaches develop the knowledge, techniques, understanding and motivation of groups or individuals through planned training sessions and programmes. They provide feedback and offer advice on players' performance, fitness, technical skills and team working, and will be able to develop and discuss strategies and tactics for both individual and team play. Coaches can work at an amateur or a professional level, and may work in the community with children or youth teams, or with young people in academies and league clubs.

Some coaches of competitive teams may give guidance on nutrition, and injury recognition and prevention. They may also advise on maintaining a positive mental attitude and discipline. At a higher level, coaches may have to analyse matches, design innovative training methods and programmes, and deal with the media.

Community football coaches work with clubs, schools and the local authority. These coaches will encourage people to improve their range of life skills, by using football as a means of personal and social development. They work closely with leaders in the community and local community organisations in developing and providing opportunities for young people to get involved in sport and activities.

What's the working environment like working as a Football Coach?

Football coaches who work with competitive teams or players have to be present at training sessions and competitions, resulting in long and often unsociable working hours. Travel may be required to and from training and events, and time outside of actual face-to- face contact will be required to plan activities, sessions and programmes, and research into current good practice and innovative examples.

Most football coaches spend their time outside, and will be required to work in all weather conditions. This may often require long periods of time standing and watching others participate, mixed with periods of activity when the coach is required to demonstrate and/or trains with participants. The majority of coaches will combine their coaching with other full-time jobs, and be present for two evenings during the week and either a Saturday or Sunday for games or tournaments.

What does it take to become a Football Coach?

To be a football coach you should:

  • be energetic, enthusiastic and able to motivate others
  • have good communication skills
  • have a knowledge and interest in football
  • be patient and determined to succeed
  • be flexible and able to adapt to changing environments, ability groups and weather conditions
  • be able to offer tactful and positive advice and criticism
  • have good organisational and planning skills
  • exhibit a confident and professional manner.

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SkillsActive
Castlewood House
77-91 New Oxford Street
London
WC1A 1PX
Advice line: 08000 933300
www.skillsactive.com

Football Association
25 Soho Square
London
W1D 4FA
Tel: 0870 850 0424
www.thefa.com

1st4sport Qualifications
Coachwise Ltd
Chelsea Close
Off Amberley Road
Armley
Leeds
LS12 4HP
Tel: 0113 290 7610
www.1st4sportqualifications.com

sports coach UK
114 Cardigan Road
Headingley
Leeds
LS6 3BJ
Tel: 0113 274 4802
www.sportscoachuk.org

UK Coaching Certificate
www.ukcoachingcertificate.org

Sport England
3rd Floor
Victoria House
Bloomsbury Square
London
WC1B 4SE
Tel: 08458 508508
www.sportengland.org

Irish Football Association
20 Windsor Avenue
Belfast
BT9 6EE
Telephone: 02890 669458
www.irishfa.com

Coaching NI
Queen's PEC
Botanic Gardens
Belfast
BT9 5EX
Tel: 02890 686940
www.coachingni.net

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