The Coach: Part 1 – Signing up

Chris Henderson, 01 March 2019

The first part of our The Coach series starts with Chris Henderson signing up for the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football. The journey begins…

So I’ve just signed up for the FA Level 1 in Coaching Football. Anyone who has ever used the mind-meld that is the official FA website will know what a great achievement that is in itself. But it’s all done, and I can’t wait.

The courses were jam-packed in London all the way through to 2020, so I signed up to FA Middlesex.

FA Level 1 aims to provide the learner with ‘an introduction to coaching the game and working with players from under 7 to open age.’

This is the first stepping-stone on the core coaching pathway. Making each session bespoke to your players forms the foundation of the first workshop.

Mine starts on March 9th, and the course is split into eight workshops (Saturdays and Thursdays) which look at a range of topics from the ‘England DNA’, ‘principles of play’ and the ‘technical components of the game’.

Twitter, in particular, is rife with self-proclaimed ‘soccer coaches’

I’m looking forward to getting stuck in, particularly around the mixture of both theory and practical. Most of all, I’m looking forward to learning first-hand the terminology involved and also to cut through the coaching jargon you often see on social media.

Twitter, in particular, is rife with self-proclaimed ‘soccer coaches’ discussing the merits of ‘unopposed passing patterns’, ‘reduction vs emergence’ and ‘packing metrics.’

My knowledge from both playing and watching football my whole life suggests that these phrases are nothing more than steaming hogsh*t – it’s simply disguise that these people don’t know what they’re talking about. But I may be wrong, we’ll have to wait and see.

All coachees are asked to bring appropriate playing kit for the practical elements of the course. Refreshments are not provided, so a packed lunch is highly recommended.

I completed the online module which needs to be completed prior to the first workshop. This centred around the reasons people want to get into coaching, and the characteristics of an effective coach.

I filled out a self-assessment task which meant picking words which you think refer to your style (e.g. observant, knowledgeable, organised) and those you feel require some development (e.g. patience, positivity). It’ll be interesting to see how that develops as the course progresses.

I plan to chart the journey through level 1 of the coaching course as a series on this website, and hopefully into the next stages of the qualification.

I’m really looking forward to it…

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Chris is the founder of The Football Brief. He runs our regular series and can usually be found waxing lyrical about Blackburn Rovers and R9.

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